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Paul Jacobson


Spencer Fane attorney Paul Jacobson

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Paul counsels clients through a variety of environmental and workplace safety matters. He frequently interacts with the EPA, OSHA, and state environmental quality and workplace safety agencies. Paul has experience working on RCRA compliance issues, CERCLA and RCRA Corrective Action sites, Clean Water Act discharge permitting, OSHA workplace safety compliance and injury reporting, and government investigations. He also has experience working with the federal regulations designed to prevent accidental releases of hazardous chemicals, namely OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulation and EPA’s Risk Management Plan regulation. Enforcement defense makes up a significant share of Paul’s practice, but he also helps clients with proactive operational improvements that prevent the need for enforcement defense in the first place. In addition, Paul works to develop a thorough knowledge of clients’ operations, which enables him to recognize potential Supplemental Environmental Projects that can mitigate penalties, while also improving environmental health and safety. Although Paul’s practice is focused on environmental and workplace safety matters, he regularly collaborates with Spencer Fane attorneys specializing in other legal areas, to serve the full needs of clients.

Paul is on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Section of the Air & Waste Management Association.  Paul received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri School of Law. During law school, Paul served as an associate managing editor of the Missouri Law Review.  During his law school summers, Paul worked at Spencer Fane and at an environmental law organization.

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, Air & Waste Management Association, Midwest Section, Annual Technical Conference (February, 2017) View Presentation
  • Author, Promoting “Normalcy” for Foster Children: The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, 81 Mo. L. Rev. (2016).


  • Graduated magna cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Contact Paul Jacobson at 816.292.8314 or pjacobson@spencerfane.com.

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