Brendan K. Collins

Tel 215.864.8106
Fax 215.864.9514

Brendan K. Collins is the Practice Leader of the firm's Manufacturing Group. He is an environmental lawyer who devotes his practice primarily to clients in the electric power sector and the oil and gas industry. He has litigated civil, criminal and administrative matters in numerous state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on permitting issues and regulatory matters, as well as government and regulatory affairs, where he counsels clients on current regulations, prepares comments on proposed regulations and, where necessary, litigates regulatory challenges in the appellate courts.

Brendan represents developers of both conventional and renewable energy generation facilities in permit challenges and other litigation, and defends owners of existing facilities against government investigations, enforcement actions, citizen suits and toxic tort claims. He has also litigated matters involving underground storage tanks and hazardous materials transportation. Outside the energy sector, his clients include manufacturers, real estate developers, hospitals and universities.

Noteworthy Litigation

  • Environmental Protection Agency, et al. v. EME Homer City Generation L.P., et al., No. 12–1182 (Sup. Ct., decided April 29, 2014)
  • White Stallion Energy Center, LLC, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 12-1100 (D.C. Cir., decided April 15, 2014)
  • American Nurses Association, et al. v. Jackson, et al., Civil No. 1:08-CV-02198 (D.D.C. 2012) 
  • Sierra Club v. Wellington Development – WVDT, LLC, 67 E.R.C. 1618, 2008 WL 2048332 (W.D. Pa. 2008) 
  • Groce v. Dept. of Envtl. Prot., 921 A.2d 567 (Pa. Commw. 2007) 
  • Groce v. Dept. of Envtl. Prot., 2006 E.H.B. 856, 2006 Pa. Envirn. Lexis 72 (Nov. 22, 2006)

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Vice Chair and Section Liaison (SEER), Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section; Past Chair, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Tort Committee, Section on Environment, Energy and Resources

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, environmental law, (Pennsylvania), 2003-2017, 2019-2021

The Best Lawyers in America, environmental law, environmental litigation, 2006-2021

Law360, MVP in environmental law, 2014

Who's Who Legal: Environment 2014


Frequent writer and speaker on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, toxic torts, underground storage tank litigation, industrial site redevelopment and lender liability

Author of articles in Journal of Environmental Regulation, Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal, Villanova Law Review, Natural Resources & Environment, and Public Utilities Fortnightly

Contributing author, The Legal Impact of Climate Change: Leading Lawyers on Responding to Climate Change Developments and Complying with New Regulations, 2013 edition, chapter titled "Developing Sustainability Programs that Encourage Business Growth and Environmental Compliance," published by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore

Contributing author, Toxic Tort Litigation, published by the American Bar Association, 2013 edition

Contributing author, 2005/2006 Guidebook on Complying with Pennsylvania Environmental Laws and Regulations, published by Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Contributing author, 11-volume treatise on environmental law, Environmental Regulation Essentials, published by John Wiley & Sons

"Practical Guidance for Complying with Environmental Regulations," from presentation made to Annual Conference of the National Association of College and University Lawyers (NACUA), included in NACUA Handbook for Lawyers New to Higher Education (second edition)

Recent Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "The Causation Life Cycle: How Some Novel Causation Theories Become Mainstream (and Others Don't)," ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's 28th Annual Spring CLE Meeting: Toxic Torts & Environmental Law, Coronado, CA, April 5, 2019

Speaker, "California's Proposition 65: What You Need to Know About the Impending Regulation Changes," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 26, 2018

Moderator, "Leveraging Energy and Infrastructure as a Strategic Asset in Higher Education," Ballard Spahr webinar, September 28, 2017

"Regulatory Update on US Toxic Substances Controlled Act - Current Interpretations and the Impact on Business," Connect Conference, InformEx, Philadelphia, May 16, 2017

Panelist, "Ballard Spahr PATENTSCAPE® Alternative Energy Webinar: Regulations, Technology, and Financing," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 20, 2016

"Bringing Our Carbon Footprint Down to Size: What EPA's Final Clean Power Plan Means to Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute webinar, October 8, 2015  

Panelist, "EPA Clean Power Plan: Now What?" Black & Veatch forum, New York, October 23, 2014

"Beyond the News: The Clean Power Plan Proposal – Early Returns from the States," Ballard Spahr program, Washington, D.C., September 23, 2014

"Legal Vulnerabilities to Electrical Generators and Working with Your State Agency," Black & Veatch, Greenhouse Gas Strategies Forum, Kansas City, Mo., August 11, 2014

Panel Moderator, "Arbitrary and Capricious: The Regulated Community's Response," ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's 23rd Annual Spring CLE Meeting: Hot Topics in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, Phoenix, April 4, 2014

Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1988, magna cum laude)
Editor, Villanova Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

St. Joseph's University (B.S. 1985, Mathematics)




U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court