Fred Burnside specializes in providing investigative, litigation and advisory support to law firms and corporate counsel dealing with violations of state or federal environmental laws. This includes environmental criminal, civil and administrative matters as well as corporate internal investigations. Fred has 23 years experience as a Special Agent with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training and served as Director of this national program from 2008-2010. His responsibilities included supervising a diverse staff of federal agents, enforcement attorneys, chemists, engineers, and technical personnel stationed in over 40 locations across the U. S. As Director, he was instrumental in establishing guidelines for the strategic selection of criminal cases and advising the EPA Assistant Administrator for enforcement on all matters related to the criminal enforcement program. Fred serves on the Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a regular lecturer for the ABA and has written articles on environmental crimes enforcement and the U. S. EPA environmental crimes program.
Fred began his career with the U. S. EPA as a wetlands biologist and later became a special agent with the criminal program. He successfully investigated, and assisted with the prosecution of, numerous environmental crimes cases. He served as a Special Agent in Charge of the Denver (EPA Region 8) and Atlanta (EPA Region 4) area offices where he supervised a staff of federal agents and routinely coordinated with federal and state prosecutors.
Due to his extensive experience inside the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, from the field to the highest levels of decision making, Fred Burnside can provide advice and guidance to defense and corporate counsel regarding:
- how the Agency will view a violation or fact pattern
- whether the violation will be pursued as a criminal or civil action
- who the decision makers are
- who to approach within the Agency to present your case
- how a criminal case will likely proceed
University of Arkansas, Department of Zoology (Master of Science; 1981)
Henderson State University, Department of Biology (Bachelor of Science in Education; 1977)