Kermit Rader

Phone: (215) 241-8821
Fax: (215) 241-8844


Kermit Rader


Kermit Rader chairs the firm’s Environmental & Energy Law Group. With extensive experience in the public and private sectors of environmental law, he focuses his practice in the areas of remediation, compliance and enforcement, transactional, and litigation as well as in the oil and gas arena.

With a diverse client base in his environmental practice, ranging from a variety of manufacturers to commercial and residential developers to a natural gas supplier, he assists his clients with government monitored and voluntary remediation including Brownfield development and Superfund projects, helps them to comply with government regulations and defend enforcement actions, advises them on environmental issues in real estate transactions and litigates environmental claims. In his oil and gas practice, he represents landowners in leasing and pipeline agreements, ensuring that gas companies operating in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region are in compliance with leases and applicable regulations.

Recognized in 2005-2010 by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers-Environmental Law,” and in 2011 by Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Rader is a prolific author and speaker on environmental issues. He was an adjunct professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He serves on the Board of Directors of the “Institute of Hazardous Materials Management” and was the former co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a member of the Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association.

Following a career in government where he rose to the Chief of the Superfund Section of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Middle Atlantic Region, Rader went into private practice with Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox; Wolf Block; and Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin.

He earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

Mr. Rader is admitted to practice in the courts of Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1978
  • Duke University, B.A., 1975, magna cum laude

Practice Areas

  • Environmental & Energy Law


  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1978

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, Board of Directors