ERIC W. HA is counsel in the firm’s Chicago office and is a member of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. Mr. Ha practices in all areas of environmental law, and has particular experience in hazardous substance litigation, regulatory proceedings before governmental agencies, and internal investigations. Representative engagements include:
- Representation of a paper company in multi-party CERCLA litigation to allocate liability for the largest environmental dredging project ever proposed.
- Representation of an alternative energy company in a federal criminal investigation of alleged violations of environmental regulations.
- Representation of a petroleum company in class action litigation seeking damages and injunctive relief arising out of the company’s past operation of a refinery.
Mr. Ha also maintains an active pro bono practice, and was awarded the 2007 Thomas H. Morsch award, the firm’s highest pro bono honor. Representative engagements include:
- Represented one of the “Jena 6” students being prosecuted on criminal charges stemming from a schoolyard altercation in Jena, Louisiana.
- Represented a Pakistani refugee in asylum appeal proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ha taught legal research and writing and constitutional law at the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Ha also worked for International Justice Mission, a human rights organization, to rescue victims of bonded slavery in India. From 2003-2004, Mr. Ha served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jorge A. Solis of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.