Rob Fowler

Partner Birmingham
(205) 226-8733
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Education
  • Cumberland School of Law
    J.D., 1996, Presidential Scholar; magna cum laude; Cumberland Law Review
  • Samford University
    B.A., 1987
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1996
About Rob
With more than 20 years of experience working with clients on complex environmental matters, Rob genuinely understands what is needed to successfully navigate a matter through the political, regulatory and, if needed, litigation process.
Q&A
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    My clients are companies, entities, and individuals that help improve our economy and way of life, and have true interests in protecting our environment and natural resources. They include some of the largest public utilities (power, water, oil and gas), limestone, hardrock, and coal mining companies, and the counties, municipalities, developers, pipelines, and business coalitions who support them.

  • How are you involved in your community?

    I was fortunate to get involved with a group of local leaders who raised millions of dollars to purchase land for what is now Red Mountain Park, a 1,200 acre state park in the city limits of Birmingham. I am a state commissioner for the park, serving on its Executive Committee and as the chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee. 

    I helped create and organize the Moss Rock Art Festival in Hoover, Alabama, serving as its inaugural chairman. The festival now attracts thousands of art and nature lovers each year.  

    I am also involved in local government and economic development, serving as a trustee for the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and counsel for the Business Alliance for Responsible Development and the Coalition for Regional Transportation.

     
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
MORE ABOUT Rob
  • Clean Water Act: Serves as regulatory and compliance counsel for power generation companies on water issues, including permitting and compliance matters involving NPDES permits, effluent limitation guidelines, stormwater permits, groundwater, water quality standards, anti-degradation, 401 water quality certifications, 404 permits, wetlands, total daily maximum loads, responses to 308 information requests, inspections, enforcement monitoring, comments on major rules, thermal variances, entrapment and entrainment technologies, anti-backsliding, and other areas involving compliance and enforcement of the Clean Water Act. (Ongoing)
  • Coal Combustion Residual (CCR): Serves as regulatory and compliance counsel for power generation companies on CCR matters, including ash pond closures, groundwater monitoring, ash pond dike safety, drafting comments to EPA draft rules, and compliance strategy. (Ongoing)
  • Limestone and hardrock mining: Represents a company operating one of the country's largest limestone and hardrock quarries in the United States in its development of a new greenfield quarry, including work related to land and easement acquisition, public hearings, technical experts, land planning and zoning, public relations, air and water permitting, 401 and 404 permitting, endangered species, cultural and historic resources, gravesites, land development plan approval, truck route approvals, rail line work, license to work within FERC project boundaries, and governmental affairs. (Ongoing)
  • Special District Zoning appeals claim: Successfully defended a challenge and appeal of the Special District Zoning of a limestone and hardrock mining greenfield quarry site. (Anne Bates Gibbons v. Town of Vincent, et al., (Ala., 2012))
  • Stormwater fee challenge: Successfully represented Business Coalition's challenge of local stormwater authority's 140 percent fee increase for stormwater control and attempt of defendant to remove action to federal court. (Business Alliance for Responsible Development v. Storm Water Management Authority, Inc. et. al,  (2006)) (This is a cite to the Birmingham Business Journal:  http://www.balch.com/newseventspubs/newsdetail.aspx?news=58 )
  • RCRA, CERCLA, and Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation: Successfully litigated claim and appeals under RCRA and CERCLA for contamination by government of land owners property. (OSI V. United States, 285 F.3d 947, 952 (Eleventh Circuit, 2002))    
  • Formation and representation of business coalitions: Organized and represented business group to challenge laws and practices impacting commercial and residential economic growth and development and organized and represented business group interested in the construction of the Northern Beltline in the Jefferson County, Alabama regional area. (Ongoing)
  • EPA and ADEM enforcement actions: Represented numerous developers in enforcement actions brought by ADEM for construction runoff and NPDES permit violations and represented municipalities in EPA enforcement actions, challenging the municipalities MS4 stormwater program. (2000 to present).
 
      Education
      • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1996, Presidential Scholar; magna cum laude; Cumberland Law Review
      • Samford University, B.A., 1987
      Courts
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2001
      • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1996
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1996
      • Supreme Court of the United States, 2007
      • Alabama Supreme Court, 1996
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 1996
      Professional Affiliations
      • Alabama State Bar
      • Birmingham Bar Association
       
      Awards & Accolades
      • The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 - present
      Community Involvement
      • Red Mountain Park, Executive Committee, State Commissioner/Chairman of Governmental Relations Committee
      • City of Hoover, Building Code Appeals Board, Chairman
      • City of Hoover Chamber of Commerce, Trustee
      • Greater Birmingham Association for Home Builders, Land Developers Council
      • Birmingham Business Alliance
      • Moss Rock Art Festival, Board of Directors Past Chairman