Ron Janke began his environmental law practice on his first day of work as a lawyer at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1974 and retired from that firm in 2012. He continues to advise select clients on environmental regulatory matters. His most extensive industrial client representations have been in the areas of non-ferrous metal mining and manufacturing ( beryllium, copper and rare earths), petroleum refining, coal mining, and steel manufacturing.
5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)
Year of induction:
B.A. Wittenberg University 1969 J.D. Duke University 1974
State of Ohio
Supreme Court of Ohio Supreme Court of the United States United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American College of Environmental Lawyers Ohio State Bar Association Council, Environmental Law Section Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Attorney, Jones Day, Cleveland, Ohio. Environmental Compliance Litigation Mediator in cases prosecuted by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Independent Compliance Monitor, US EPA RCRA Consent Order
Janke, Taking Reasonable Steps to Preserve CERCLA Defenses after the 2002 Amendments, 60 Law Quarterly Report 175 (Spring 2006). Janke and Kuryla, Environmental Liability Risks for Asset Purchasers, Environment Reporter 2237 (1994). Janke, The Seller's Perspective-Environmental Considerations in Business Transactions, Ohio Lawyer 10 (March - April 1993). Giblin and Janke, The Impact Transboundary Air Pollution - Here, There, Everywhere, 5 International Law Quarterly 127 (1993). Janke, The Impact of the Water Quality Act of 1987 on Mining Operations, 9 Eastern Mineral Law Institute 7-1 (1987).
PRP representation at over 100 National Priority List sites. Representation in negotiating and obtaining initial and renewal NPDES and Clean Air Act Title V permits. Purchase, sale and financing of industrial companies and their properties. Comments on proposed water quality standards, water quality criteria, effluent guidelines, drinking water standards, state implementation plans, OSHA hazardous air contaminant standards, IARC and ATSDR guidelines and EU and UK standards.
Citations of Major Published Cases:
Republic Steel Corp. v. Train, 557 F.2d 91(Sixth Cir. ) vacated and remanded, 434 U.S. 1030, 581 F.2d 1228 (Sixth Cir. 1978 ) on remand, cert. denied, 440 U.S. 909 (1979) Consolidation Coal Co. et al. v. Costle, 604 F.2d 239 (4th Cir. 1979), rev. 449 U.S. 64 (1980). U.S. v. Diamond Shamrock Co. 17 Env. Rptr. Cases 1329 (N.D. Oh. 1981). U.S. v. Westinghouse Corp. 22 Env. Rptr. Cases 1231 (S.D. Ind. 1983). New York v. EPA, 852 F. 2d 574 (D.C.Cir.), cert. denied 109 U.S. 1338 (1988).