Served as a consultant to a national oil and gas trade association that represents companies involved in all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry. Led legislation and policy initiatives and addressed taxation concerns and regulatory issues impacting the oil and gas industry in Ohio.
Frank L. Merrill
Frank Merrill is a partner and chair of Bricker & Eckler's Energy, Public Utilities & Environmental law group. His practice focuses on the effect of environmental law on real estate transactions, solid and hazardous waste representation, land use, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act litigation and commercial real estate transactions. He is the environmental counsel for the Ohio Manufacturers' Association.
Frank has successfully obtained and defended through the administrative process operating permits for several solid waste disposal facilities; has successfully defended hazardous waste burning facilities from various regulatory and citizen-group challenges; and counsels hazardous waste disposal facilities and hazardous waste generators on compliance with RCRA, TSCA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. In addition, he counsels real estate developers and private property owners on wetlands issues and regulatory takings claims.
- Member, Bricker & Eckler’s Southeast Ohio team
- Past President and Advisor to the Board of Directors, Ohio Alliance for the Environment
- Member, American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association
- Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation - Environmental) 2005-2016
- Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation - Environmental) 2014
- Recognized, ChambersUSA, Natural Resources & Environment with a Band 2 ranking, 2012-2016; Band 3 ranking, 2008-2011
- Rated, BV Distinguished, Martindale-Hubbell
- Named, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2008-2009
- University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D., 1987)
- Dartmouth College (B.A., 1981)
EPA issues a final rule regarding “Source Determination for Certain Emission Units in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector”
Impact of the solvent wipe rule in Ohio
U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Greenhouse Gas Appeals
Best Lawyers recognizes Bricker & Eckler attorneys
Best Lawyers recognizes Bricker & Eckler attorneys
Local law firm, lawyers ranked in Chambers USA
Bricker & Eckler Practice Areas Make National “Best Law Firms” List
Represented an Ohio energy company in the siting of a $40 million natural gas pipeline. We assisted the client in the formation of the pipeline subsidiary and permitting procedures.
Served as trial counsel in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) litigation representing a current owner against various potentially responsible parties.
Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on an expedited timeline authorizing a natural gas pipeline company to access property subject to acquisition by eminent domain to conduct tree clearing activities in advance of moratoriums imposed on such activities in order to protect migratory birds and endangered bat species; contempt orders against property owners refusing to honor the order permitting access for tree clearing activities; and immediate injunctive relief against landowners refusing to permit access to their property via eminent domain for construction of a 75-mile natural gas pipeline in eastern Ohio. Also, negotiated settlements with landowners who permitted access and complex, technical settlements with public utilities to resolve overlapping easement situations.
Obtained injunctive relief and/or declaratory judgment as Trial Counsel in 11 Ohio Courts of Common Pleas against landowners and organized opposition permitting our client access to property to conduct survey activities during the FERC pre-application process in conjunction with its construction of a $2.5 billion, 250-mile interstate natural gas pipeline originating in Ohio. The complexity of the issues in this matter required sophisticated organization, detailed planning and structure, and complex litigation management skills.
Obtained injunctive relief in federal court permitting our client to access landowners' property to conduct survey activities during the FERC pre-application process in conjunction with its construction of a $450 million, 75-mile natural gas pipeline.
Represented a state affiliate of the American Petroleum Institute in government affairs and lobbying activities before the Ohio General Assembly, the Governor's Office and related statewide executive agencies. We played an active role in rule-making negotiations before the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, including horizontal well-site construction rules.
Assisted in closing in excess of $500 million of debt and equity financing for the construction of an Ohio-based 800 MW electric generation plant on behalf of an energy company. This transaction involved dozens of parties including lenders, equity investors, land sellers, railroads, gas pipeline companies, governmental entities, a title insurer and others.