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Bart J. Kempf

Bart J. Kempf



  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Regulatory, Transactional and Litigation
  • Energy

WSG Practice Industries



Bart Kempf practices environmental and economic development law in Bradley’s Nashville and Washington, D.C. offices. His environmental work includes litigation, agency proceedings, enforcement actions, citizen suits, permitting, compliance and legislative counseling, transactions, and brownfield redevelopment. Bart regularly represents clients in front of federal, state, and local environmental, natural resources, and health and safety agencies, including the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He represents companies in many industries, including waste management, food and agriculture, pesticides and seeds, renewable energy and clean tech, oil and gas, real estate development, chemical, distribution/logistics, and manufacturing.

Bart also works with Bradley’s nationally recognized Economic Development Practice Group representing private companies and municipalities in negotiating, drafting, and closing economic incentive transactions, including tax increment financings (TIFs), payment in lieu of tax agreement transactions (PILOTs), and economic incentive grants. 

Bart maintains an active pro bono practice. His matters have included representing indigent individuals in estate and child custody matters; providing federal appropriations counsel to a national nonprofit fighting human trafficking; and advising multiple conservation nonprofits on corporate, transactional, and regulatory issues.

Prior to joining Bradley, Bart practiced environmental law and worked in the federal government in Washington, D.C. In private practice, Bart worked as an environmental lawyer at Latham & Watkins and Beveridge & Diamond. He also served as senior counsel on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, working on environmental, energy, food safety, nominations, and civil rights issues.

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2008
  • Tennessee, 2017

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2007, cum laude; Executive Editor, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review
  • University of Virginia, M.Ed., 2001
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., 1996
Areas of Practice

Energy | Environmental Law | Environmental Regulatory, Transactional and Litigation | Food and Agriculture Litigation and Regulatory | Food, Beverage and Hospitality | Governmental Affairs | Life Sciences | Litigation | Natural Resources Litigation | Real Estate


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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

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