Bell Chris Bell

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Chris represents clients in civil and criminal enforcement and investigations, litigation, compliance counseling, incident response, and legislative and regulatory advocacy (including wri ting comments and appellate litigation challenging rules) under all of the major environmental, health and safety programs. His enforcement experience includes internal investigations, responding to grand jury investigations and agency information requests, and negotiating consent, probation, and debarment agreements. He is currently serving as the Independent Monitor for a complex debarment agreement arising from the resolution of one of the largest criminal environmental enforcement cases of the century. Chris also assists clients on the environmental aspects of transactions.

Chris helps clients evaluate and implement corporate governance, compliance and ethics programs, is currently negotiating the ISO international standard on anti-bribery management systems, and has assisted clients throughout the world evaluate and implement environmental, health and safety management systems(including those based on ISO 14001).

He also advises clients on sustainable development, product and chemical stewardship and regulation, and value chain management. He is experienced with international matters, including compliance with product and chemical regulations in the EU(including REACH)and Asia, trade and the environment, and international requirements for transporting raw materials and waste.

Chris spent a year seconded to a major multinational corporation as in house counsel, and has worked with clients in many sectors, including power generation and distribution, alternative energy, transportation, oil and gas, chemicals, life sciences, natural resources, defense, electronics, communications, real estate, consumer products and general manufacturing.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he enjoyed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Philip Pratt, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Chris has been listed for several years by Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business. After growing up in Europe, Chris had several years of manufacturing experience in the automotive and aerospace sectors before he started practicing law, and was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and a certified Manufacturing Technician

Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Flushability: Updates & Perspectives

Relevance and Impact of an International Standard on Flushable Products

The International Organization for Standardization is developing a technical standard for determining when products should be considered _flushable", an initiative arising from concerns about sewage system blockages and maintenance. This presentation will summarize the ISO process and explore the potential commercial and regulatory ramifications of an ISO standard on flushability.