Robert B. McKinstry, Jr.

Robert B. McKinstry, Jr.

Robert B. McKinstry, Jr.

Attorney, Ballard Spahr LLP

Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Esq., M.F.S., heads Ballard Spahr LLP’s Climate Change and Sustainability Practice Initiative, as well as the firm’s sustainability efforts, and is a member of the firm’ s Environmental and Natural Resources Group and its Energy and Project Finance Group.  Mr. McKinstry’s practice spans the full range of environmental issues encompassing litigation, remediation, counseling and transactions. He completed a six-year appointment as the Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation at the Pennsylvania State University School of Forest Resources on July 1, 2007. While serving as Goddard Professor, Mr. McKinstry focused on international environmental issues where states and private companies and organizations had taken the lead in the face of federal inaction. He successfully represented a group of leading climate scientists before the Supreme Court in Massachusetts v. EPA, where the Court ruled that there is authority to address emissions of greenhouse gases under the federal Clean Air Act. He represented clean energy utilities supporting EPA rulemaking in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation and Michigan v. EPA.  He has written and spoken extensively on environmental topics. Mr. McKinstry is Vice President of A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.  Mr. McKinstry is a member of the Environmental, Energy and Resources Section (SEER) of the American Bar Association, where he is a former Co-chair a current Vice Chair of the SEER Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems. He has taken a lead role numerous state, regional and local greenhouse gas reduction planning processes.  He is also a member of the Environmental and Energy Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Environmental Law Committees of the Philadelphia and Chester County Bar Associations. Mr. McKinstry is a Master in the Delaware Valley Environmental Inns of Court.  Mr. McKinstry is the recipient of PBA’s Energy and Environmental Section 2010 Award for Distinguished Service and was named as MVP in environmental law by Law360 in 2014.  He has been recognized by Chambers USA as a Leading Lawyer for Business in the fields of both climate and environmental law, has been named by The Best Lawyers in America in environmental law and environmental litigation Best Lawyers in America, has been named to Who’s Who Legal: Environment, and has been named as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers in environmental law.  He holds a B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College, a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.F.S. from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.