Rick Wiedman Elected President of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation
August 10, 2015
The Allegheny County Bar Foundation recently announced the election of Richard S. Wiedman, a Member (partner) of Eckert Seamans, as the foundation’s president. Wiedman assumed his duties on July 1, 2015, and will hold the position for two years.
The Allegheny County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the philanthropic arm of the Allegheny County Bar Association. The foundation operates a variety of charitable, educational, pro bono, and public service activities.
Wiedman—who has been on the foundation’s board of trustees for seven years—said that, among his key goals as he takes on the role of president, will be growing the foundation’s endowment, which will allow the organization to “appropriately fund and provide essential legal services to our community now and into the future.”
Wiedman concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental business counseling and environmental litigation. He represents clients before federal and state environmental agencies, counsels clients on regulatory compliance issues, and advises on environmental considerations in a wide variety of business transactions. He also devotes significant time to the negotiation and prosecution of environmental permit and regulatory challenges, the defense of federal and state enforcement actions and the representation of clients in remedial action/corrective action and cost recovery matters under Superfund, RCRA and their state counterparts. Wiedman’s experience reflects the interrelationship of the major regulatory programs as they pertain to industrial activities. Many of the projects that he is involved in require the coordination of multi-disciplinary efforts where creative engineering and technical approaches are often critical to the development and success of any legal/regulatory strategy. In this regard, Wiedman has worked closely with a wide variety of experts and outside consultants in diverse fields including engineering design, analytical and applied chemistry, hydro-geology, marine biology, meteorology, and computer dispersion modeling. Active in firm management, he serves on Eckert Seamans’ Executive Committee and chairs the firm’s Budget Finance and Collections Committee.