Harry Weiss is Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Environment and Natural Resources Group, and administers the Group’s practice across the country.
Harry provides an array of clients with compliance advice arising out of new federal and state environmental regulations.
In addition to regulatory work, Harry concentrates on redevelopment of contaminated properties and other environmental issues in the development context, such as storm water management during construction, wetlands permitting, and endangered or threatened species. Harry has represented buyers, sellers, and redevelopers of brownfield and other contaminated property in more than 100 transactions. He has helped clients clear environmental hurdles in a broad variety of projects, including manufacturing facilities, retail complexes, warehouses, multifamily housing, pipelines, and a Major League Baseball stadium.
Shale Oil, Gas, and Mineral Experience
- Represented the United States Bankruptcy Trustee in administering the upkeep and operation of the nation's largest rare earth mineral mine, the former Molycorp Minerals, LLC property in Mountain Pass, CA
- Represented a New Mexico-based investor in effort to purchase out of Chapter 11 proceedings bankruptcy more than 250,000 net mineral acres of San Juan formation and other deep oil and gas rights in New Mexico and in Colorado.
- Represented a Colorado-based investor in effort to purchase out of Chapter 11 proceedings 25,000 net mineral acres of Marcellus, Utica, and other deep oil and gas rights in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
American Bar Association
Recognition & Accomplishments
Chambers USA, environmental law (Pennsylvania), 2008-2020
The Best Lawyers in America, environmental law, 2013-2021
"Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters Program: Five-Year Progress Report," Ballard Spahr's Green Infrastructure Conference, Philadelphia, October 13, 2016
"Confronting Confounding Environmental Hysteria," Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers Conference, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 15, 2016
"Avoiding or Minimizing the Impacts of Federal and State Stormwater Enforcement under the Clean Water Act," Ballard Spahr's Green Infrastructure Conference, Philadelphia, October 29, 2015
Board Memberships & Community Service
Advisory Committee of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (www.schuylkillcenter.org), past Chair, Board of Trustees; Center is Philadelphia-based and considered the nation's leading urban environmental education center
Co-author, "UPenn Fracking Study Can't Give Plaintiffs Causation," Law360, July 30, 2015
Author, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Law and Practice, published by George T. Bisel Company, Inc., 2012 and 2014 editions
Co-author, "The Future of Oil, Gas Drilling in the Delaware River Basin," BNA's Daily Report for Executives, January 23, 2012
"The Marcellus Shale and Mortgage Banking: Spotting the Issues," PFI Insider: The Quarterly Newsletter for FHLBank Pittsburgh, 2nd Quarter 2011
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1990, with honors)
Pennsylvania State University (B.A. 1984, with honors)