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Andrew C. (Drew) Brought

  • T: (816) 292-8886
    F: (816) 474-3216
  • Kansas City

Andrew Brought is a Partner practicing in Spencer Fane’s Environmental Group. His practice includes regulatory permitting and compliance counseling, environmental litigation at the state and federal levels, OSHA compliance, and environmental matters associated with corporate acquisitions and real estate transactions. Andrew has significant experience in civil and criminal enforcement matters associated with environmental laws. Andrew also practices with Spencer Fane’s Corporate Investigations Group where his work has included matters relating to executive malfeasance, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and health care fraud matters. He was awarded his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2002, where he graduated Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, and was a recipient of the Ward, Kershaw and Minton Clinical Advocacy Prize for his work with the law school’s Environmental Law Clinic. Andrew received his Bachelor's degree magna cum laude in Environmental Resource Management in 1997 from Virginia Tech.

Andrew is currently admitted to practice in Missouri, Texas, and Maryland and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the Western District of Missouri and the District Court of Kansas.

Andrew is a frequent lecturer on environmental, health and safety topics and the Editor of the Environmental Law Solutions Blog. Andrew is also active in a number of professional and community associations. Current and past positions include Vice Chair for the American Bar Association’s SEER Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee and the Board of Directors for the Air and Waste Management Association, Midwest Chapter. He also has served in a variety of leadership roles at St. John’s United Methodist Church, he is on the Board of Directors for Highlawn Montessori School, and he enjoys coaching youth baseball and soccer.



Representative Engagements:

Business Transactions and Real Estate

  • Counsel for financial institution in lending matters involving legacy and contaminated sites
  • Represented securities issuer in matters involving pipeline, NGL, and natural gas assets
  • Counsel for lubricant manufacturing company in sale of business

Chemical Emergency Management and OSHA

  • PSM audit counsel and health and safety compliance review at five large oil refineries for an Independent Safety Review Panel at the behest of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board
  • Counsel for chemical plant in RMP enforcement and CERCLA release reporting matters
  • OSHA citation contest on behalf of aircraft manufacturer and related health and safety counseling
  • EPCRA Tier II and TRI counseling

Clean Air Act

  • MACT and NESHAP applicability determination counseling
  • Represented secondary lead smelter in air enforcement matter

Cleanup and Superfund

  • National counsel for telecommunications manufacturing company and associated research and engineering laboratories
  • CERCLA cost recovery and contribution litigation in multiple jurisdictions, including New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Kansas, and New York, on behalf of parties pursuing and defending actions for cleanup response costs and natural resource damages (NRD)
  • State superfund experience and related voluntary cleanup programs in Missouri, Kansas, and Texas, among other states
  • Risk-based cleanups with environmental covenants and activity and use limitations

Environmental Criminal and White Collar Defense

  • Defense of EHS Manager of metal/chrome plating operations in Clean Water Act case
  • Counsel for multinational consumer goods and home and health care products company in RCRA disposal matter
  • Defense of health insurance provider in health care fraud qui tam dispute
  • Defense of corporate officer and director in executive malfeasance and securities matter
  • Internal investigation for photographic imaging company with alleged water violations

Recycling, Beneficial Reuse, and RCRA Hazardous Waste Counseling

  • Counsel for chemical manufacturer in state’s acceptance of material’s co-product status as opposed to a sludge
  • Represent lead-acid battery recycling facility in variety of RCRA matters
  • Counsel for chemical plant in regulatory approval of reclaimed material for beneficial reuse as a wastewater conditioner versus designation as a spent characteristic hazardous waste

Water Permitting and Enforcement

  • Represented manufacturing facility in NPDES permit appeal regarding mixing zone allowance
  • Counsel for construction company in stormwater enforcement
  • Represented biodiesel facility

Environmental Law Solutions blog


  • American Bar Association


  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, Rising Star 2013-2014