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Mark Farley Named Energy & Environmental Trailblazer by The National Law Journal

Firm News | June 1, 2017

Mark Farley, co-head of the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice, has been named an Energy & Environmental Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. In regards to Mark's significant experience in responding to major workplace accidents, he notes, "I came to appreciate the pressure an organization comes under after these incidents. It's a perfect storm of agency investigations, criminal prosecution, civil litigation and stakeholders who lose faith. You've got to manage all these competing interest and rebuild credibility and trust right away." Mark recognizes that defending his client's legal interests is only one part of the crisis management equation. Safeguarding an organization's long-term reputation, demonstrating cooperation, and promptly regaining site control are equally important. He consistently defeats the perception that lawyers slow things down. Immediately deploying his team to assist in on-site crisis management activities, such as incident scene documentation and evidence collection, create crucial efficiencies that help reduce idled operations that can cost millions. Mark believes that there will be a continued focus on high-consequence, low-probability accident avoidance. "How do organizations know they are managing risk appropriately when accidents are infrequent? We need to do audits and assessments, create KPIs and develop metrics to track risks. We need to prevent these accidents, not just manage them after the fact." ("Energy & Environmental—Trailblazers," June 1, 2017)