Cheri A. Budzynski

Partner, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

With a strong background in environmental compliance, regulatory compliance, OSHA, and permitting, Cheri represents clients in a broad range of industries, including industrial, manufacturing, and agribusiness.

A management-side attorney for more than 10 years, Cheri counsels clients on day-to-day environmental compliance and other administrative issues at their facilities. Clients draw on the fact she frequently works with Ohio EPA, U.S. EPA, and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission regarding environmental regulations, thus, allowing her to effectively and efficiently, advise clients on regulations on both the state and federal level and seek changes to regulations that impact their business by providing input to the regulatory agencies and, if necessary, appealing the regulations.

Colleagues and clients alike also look to Cheri for her ability to successfully handle sophisticated permit issues, including permits under the Title V and New Source Review Provisions of the Clean Air Act, the NPDES program under the Clean Water Act, and construction and operation permits.

In addition, Cheri handles national discovery for asbestos litigation, helping manage a large document repository, developing discovery responses, and assisting with all aspects of discovery.

Outside her environmental practice, Cheri also advises clients on contractual agreements related to equine law.

Furthermore, Cheri shares her wealth of knowledge by teaching environmental law at the University of Toledo College of Engineering. She also enjoys spending time cooking and riding horses.

  • Advises the Ohio Utility Group, a trade organization, on regulatory updates from Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA
  • Represented a large Coke company in litigation of its Permit to Install air permit
  • Represented a large Utility in litigation of its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit
  • Oversaw a new owner audit of environmental compliance for a major pharmaceutical plant
  • Represented Ohio Utilities in Petitions for Review of federal regulations in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Sixth Circuit