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Jack Van Kley, Chris Walker Voted 2018 Ohio “Super Lawyers”

Chris Walker and Jack Van Kley have both been listed in Law and Politics’ 2018 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers list, which is published annually, selects qualified candidates on the basis of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5 percent of Ohio lawyers are listed in Ohio Super Lawyers. The listings can be viewed at


Van Kley & Walker Receives 2018 Chambers USA Honors

Chambers USA has named Jack Van Kley and Chris Walker as leading environmental attorneys in Ohio during each year since the firm was founded in 2005. Chambers bases this designation on interviews with clients and other environmental attorneys.

Van Kley & Walker Listed in 2018 Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”

Best Lawyers, in collaboration with U.S. News & World Report, has listed the Dayton and Columbus offices of Van Kley & Walker as “Tier 1” firms in its 2018 ratings.  Chris Walker (Dayton) is listed for the practice area of Environmental Law, and Jack Van Kley (Columbus) for the practice areas of Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation.


Who’s Who Legal Lists Jack Van Kley in “The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers 2018”

Who’s Who Legal is the Strategic Research Partner of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.


Chris Walker, Jack Van Kley AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell has provided its highest rating for ethical standards and professional ability to Jack Van Kley and Chris Walker based on reviews by other attorneys in the environmental field.


Walker Presents at Ohio State Bar CLE on Environmental Due Diligence

September 16, 2015: On Wednesday, September 16, the Ohio State Bar Association hosted Van Kley & Walker’s Chris Walker for a one-hour webinar on environmental due diligence in commercial real estate transactions. Chris discussed the fundamentals of commercial environmental due diligence, including EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiries” rule, the elements of a valid Phase I Site Assessment, common errors in Phase I reports, and environmental considerations outside the scope of the Phase I standard.

The CLE program is accessible via the web. Register at


Walker Receives Dayton Bar Association Recognition

Chris Walker has been inducted as a Fellow of the Dayton Bar Association Foundation. According to the Foundation, this distinction is “extended to those lawyers and judges in the Dayton legal community who have maintained the highest standards of the legal profession, and are dedicated to the welfare of the community and the furtherance of the purposes and ideals of the Dayton Bar Association.” Chris was inducted into the Fellows Class of 2015 at the Dayton Bar Association Annual Meeting on June 19, 2015.

In 2008, Chris was also inducted as a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, a charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association dedicated to improving public understanding of the judicial system.


Walker and Van Kley Present at 2015 Environmental Law Conference

Chris Walker and Jack Van Kley both presented educational programs at the 2015 Ohio State Bar Association Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Conference. Jack spoke on the subject of CERCLA (Superfund) caselaw developments. Chris co-presented with Ed Pfau, a toxicologist with Hull and Associates (Columbus), on “Making Sense of Conflicting Standards for Indoor Air Exposure to TCE.” Chris also co-chaired the planning subcommittee for the 2015 conference.

The 2015 Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Law Conference was a three-day event held at Cherry Valley Lodge, Granville, Ohio, from April 23-25, 2015. The annual conference regularly draws more than 150 lawyers from Ohio and surrounding states.


Walker Appointed to Natural Resources Assistance Council

July 21, 2014: Chris Walker has been appointed to the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) for District 4 (Montgomery County, including Dayton). The NRAC reviews and approves applications for projects under the Clean Ohio Fund Green Space Conservation Program, which helps to fund preservation of natural open space, sensitive ecological areas, and stream corridors.

District 4 has received an allocation of $1.45 Million in Clean Ohio grant funds for the upcoming project year. Applications for project funding are due no later than noon on October 30, 2014. If you have questions about the Green Space Conservation Program or the NRAC, please see or contact Chris at