Richard Horsch

Retired Partner of Counsel, New York



Mr. Horsch represents clients in environmental and toxic tort litigation and advises on all aspects of environmental law. He also represents clients in cost recovery actions under CERCLA and other environmental statutes. Mr. Horsch has been an adviser to an international oil company regarding underground oil contamination involving potential violations of the Clean Water Act and related state environmental statutes. He successfully defended environmental claims asserted by EPA against China's largest national mining company relating to its operations in the United States. He has been counsel to a syndicate of institutional lenders in proceedings challenging a major environmental permit for a 250 MW coal-fired cogeneration plant in Florida. Mr. Horsch has been national coordinating counsel for a chemical company in its toxic tort cases arising out of the alleged manufacture and sale of urea-formaldehyde foam insulation.

Mr. Horsch also provides advice on environmental issues in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, including those involving the chemical, lead-acid battery, mining, petroleum storage and distribution, oil refining, pulp and paper, and oil exploration, production and development industries; he also regularly advises on environmental issues in project financings, domestically and internationally. He has represented parties in scores of transactions in the United States and around the world. He recently advised on environmental and permitting issues relating to the acquisition of mining operations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia valued at more than a billion dollars. He has represented clients in environmental matters arising in such countries as South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, India, Chile and Mexico and many countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia.

Mr. Horsch also counsels clients on compliance with environmental laws including the Clean Water Act, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as well as on issues of shareholder liability, lender liability, fiduciary liability, and officer and director liability under environmental laws.

As a member of the Firm's litigation department, Mr. Horsch also has experience in handling complex commercial litigation, product liability claims and arbitration matters. Mr. Horsch has written and lectured frequently on environmental law, including environmental issues in power project financing and issues of shareholder, lender and fiduciary liability and officer and director liability.

In May 1998, Mr. Horsch was awarded the New York State Bar Association's Pro Bono Service Award for his successful representation of a group of low-income homeowners in New York's South Bronx, in their claims against a contractor and others for faulty construction of subsidized housing.

Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Horsch clerked for the Hon. Frederick B. Lacey, US District Judge, District of New Jersey, Judge, Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, from 1980-1981. Mr. Horsch is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
New Jersey State Bar
New York University School of Law

Managing Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics

University of New Hampshire


Awards and Recognition

Who’s Who Legal, 2015