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Christopher W. Hayes

Christopher W. Hayes



  • Environmental
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Regulatory & Compliance
  • Land Use / Zoning

WSG Practice Industries


Tennessee, U.S.A.

Businesses depend on Chris Hayes for advice and representation regarding toxic torts, environmental claims litigation, environmental due diligence, regulatory compliance, and environmental permitting associated with business expansion. Through the development of innovative strategies and the application of his knowledge on environmental issues, Chris helps businesses grow while remaining environmentally sensitive.

Chris' dedication, responsiveness, and creativity in finding new solutions and approaches solidify the relationships he has with clients. When science encounters the law, Chris has the technical skills to come up with unique approaches to client matters. His experience includes:

Assisting clients in preparing environmental indemnification agreements and performing environmental due diligence to facilitate the acquisition and disposal of real property and assets
Compliance counseling related to NEPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and other environmental and safety statutes
Obtaining environmental permits from federal, state and local regulatory authorities for the construction and modification of public and private facilities
Advising clients on preparing corrective action plans, conducting remedial activities, and managing natural resource damages (NRD) claims at National Priorities List (NPL) sites
Representing clients before administrative tribunals, boards of zoning appeals, states’ courts, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning an array of environmental issues
Representing clients’ interests in negotiations with states’ department of environmental protection and states’ attorney general concerning environmental matters
Assisting in the drafting and approval of states’ environmental statutes, regulations, and policies, including the preparation of formal comments to proposed rules and legislation on behalf of industry and manufacturing clients
Having worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Tennessee Attorney General's Office, Chris has detailed insight into the federal, state, and local branches of the government. This insight betters Chris' ability to serve clients when negotiating matters involving regulatory issues

Bar Admissions



J.D., Vermont Law School, 2008
M.S., Environmental and Natural Resource Law, Policy and Management, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 2005
B.S., Environmental Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001
Areas of Practice

Environmental | Environmental Litigation | Environmental Regulatory & Compliance | Land Use / Zoning | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Permitting

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Co-Chair, Nashville Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
Member, Tennessee Bar Association - Environmental Law Section
Member, Virginia State Bar - Environmental Law Section
Member, American Bar Association - Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
Member, American Bar Association - Health Law Section

Professional Activities and Experience

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Conservation Section
Tennessee Attorney General's Office, Environmental Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Law and Real Property Division

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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