Colin Van Dyke, an attorney in the Environmental Section and Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has been appointed to the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Task Force on Environmental Sustainability. The 19-person task force is charged with expanding the BBA’s pro bono and community service initiatives to include volunteer opportunities that benefit the environment, and also gathering and sharing information about best practices for greening the practice of law for lawyers in a variety of settings. The group is expected to provide opportunities for engagement by members of all 24 of the BBA’s Sections.
Mr. Van Dyke counsels clients in regulatory compliance, enforcement, and permitting matters before federal and state agencies. His recent work includes counseling clients respecting compliance with RCRA hazardous waste regulations; project permitting under the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act; and enforcement proceedings. He regularly litigates environmental cases in federal and state courts. Additionally, Mr. Van Dyke advises clients on the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, reviewing and drafting environmental provisions of lease agreements and directing environmental due diligence activities. He also assists early-stage clean energy companies with strategic planning related to federal and state environmental policies and permitting.
Mr. Van Dyke has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year since 2009. He is co-chair of the Air Quality and Climate Change Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the BBA and one of 15 lawyers selected by the BBA to participate in its Public Interest Leaders Program for 2009-2010. He is also president of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Environmental Voters Education Fund (MEVEF).
A member of Mintz Levin’s Pro Bono Committee, Mr. Van Dyke directs the firm’s participation in an annual series of legal clinics for homeless individuals. In recognition of his various pro bono efforts, he has received the Pro Bono Award from the Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association.
He received his J.D., with honors, from Boston University School of Law where he was a note editor for the American Journal of Law and Medicine. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University.