Timothy J. Bergère
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7431
F: 215-731-3719


Timothy J. Bergère is chair of the firm’s Environmental and Energy Transaction practice group. Tim has been involved in all aspects of environmental counseling and litigation, has served as lead environmental counsel in numerous business, financial and real estate transactions, and has extensive experience in environmental contamination investigation, remediation and Brownfields redevelopment projects. Prior matters have included the defense of clients in environmental matters involving fires and other thermal events. His practice concentrates on regulatory compliance matters including Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Management Act, RCRA, TSCA, EPCRA, FIFRA, OPA, NEPA, release reporting, Safe Drinking Water Act, DRBC permitting, and coal and non-coal mining, CERCLA/HSCA matters, and complex multiparty allocations. Tim has worked on numerous innovative, insurance-based environmental settlements. Tim also represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal enforcement matters under Pennsylvania and federal environmental statutes.

Tim’s practice includes the analysis and interpretation of laboratory testing, laboratory certification processes, and the review and application of standards and criteria used to establish test methodologies and report valid results.

Tim’s engagements include representation of a major regional cement manufacturer and a regional foundry in complex Clean Air Act and waste management matters (Title V, NSPS, RACT, MACT, and NSR/PSD); the OPA ‘90 Responsible Party in connection with NRDA issues arising from the Athos I release to the Delaware River and Bay; a large regional printing/laminating concern in complex Clean Air Act and waste management matters; a quarry operation in permitting and groundwater withdrawal matters, including sinkhole hydrology; public water suppliers in complex groundwater contamination investigations and cost recovery actions, including Federal Facilities impacts; and regional real estate development concerns in site investigation and remediation matters.

Prior to joining the firm in 1988, Tim spent five years as an Assistant Counsel and Special Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, where he represented the Commonwealth in environmental matters before Pennsylvania and federal courts and administrative agencies. In that capacity, he counseled the Department’s Bureaus of Air Quality Control and Waste Management in a number of criminal enforcement matters and counseled the Bureaus of Air Quality Control, Waste Management, Water Quality Management, Mining & Reclamation and Community Environmental Control in connection with the administration and enforcement of Pennsylvania’s environmental programs.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “How Intergovernmental Cooperation and Community Mobilization Resolved a Water Pollution Emergency,” Villanova ICMA Panel: Effective Management of an Environmental Crisis, March 16, 2017
  • Panelist, “Drinking Water Contamination,” Philadelphia Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Committee, January 17, 2017
  • Speaker, “Managing Fill | Managing Risk,” Langan Design & Construction Seminar, May 18, 2016
  • Speaker, “Marine Pollution USA,” Lloyd’s Academy, November 2014
  • Panelist, “Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – The Legal Fallout,” American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, July 2010
  • Speaker, “Eighth Annual Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Section on Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law, April 2003
  • Speaker, “MTBE and other Environmental Threats to Public Water Supply Systems,” Region 1 Chapter of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA), September 2002
  • Presenter, “Brownfields Redevelopment: Opportunities Abound-New Developments and Trends,” Montgomery McCracken seminar, June 2002
  • Speaker, “Managing Significant Civil and Criminal Environmental Investigations from the Perspective of a Private Party,” Graduate course in Law Enforcement at St. Joseph’s University, June 2001

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Environment
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 – Environmental Law, Energy Law
  • 2016 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent (highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards)
  • Chambers USA Leading Individual, 2013 – 2018

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • United States Law Firm Group
    • Environmental Law Committee, chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section, former chair and section delegate
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Committee

Academic Achievements

Tim received his J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he concentrated his studies in the areas of energy and environmental law and his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from New England College.