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November 16, 2021

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Newman Jackson Smith

Newman Jackson Smith


Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401

Jack practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, administrative law, land use law, and constitutional law.

Jack practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, administrative law, land use law, and constitutional law.

Newman Jackson Smith

Jack practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, administrative law, land use law, and constitutional law.


Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.


  • Environmental practice includes hazardous waste site management and remediation, contaminated property liability negotiation, litigation, redevelopment and related regulatory counseling.
  • Experienced in matters of administrative law, land use planning and zoning law, and he works on brownfields redevelopment, environmental insurance and environmental regulatory permitting.
  • Has experience with wetlands enforcement defense and wetlands permitting, NPDES permitting, Water Quality Certification permitting and appeals, and stormwater management projects in impaired and sensitive aquatic areas, coastal zone management, and with endangered species.
  • CERCLA experience includes pre–disclosure counseling of corporate clients with CERCLA liability, counseling on environmental liability issues of real property ownership and transactions (including leasing), brownfields redevelopment projects, negotiation of contract language for contaminated property transactions and environmental insurance.
  • Has represented PRPs in complex private and government litigation, including environmental issues in international transportation liability.
  • Has experience with RCRA in the areas of compliance counseling, permitting, audit programs, enforcement, tank issues and regulation, and tank permitting.
  • Has experience in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Massachusetts, and Arkansas with wetland regulatory permitting.
  • Has experience in California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts with conducting contaminated site transactions and development projects.

Previous Professional Experience

  • Worked for state and federal government environmental agencies.
  • Held attorney positions with the Office of Coastal Resources Management (1978–1980), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the S.C. Coastal Council (staff attorney, 1980–1989).
  • Appointed alternate delegate for the State of South Carolina to the Coastal States Organization (1982–1989).


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1978)
  • University of South Carolina, BS, Psychology (1974)


  • South Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Practice Areas


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  • South Carolina Bar
  • Administrative Law, Environment, Energy and Resources, and International Law and Practice sections, American Bar Association
  • Environment and Natural Resources Section, Founding Chair, South Carolina Bar
  • Urban Land Institute, Sustainable Development Council and Coastal Forum
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Charleston School of Law
  • Founding Chair, ULI Coastal Forum
  • Urban Land Institute representative on the NOAA Digital Coast Partnership
  • Former chair, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee
  • Executive Committee and Past President, South Carolina Mitigation Association
  • Former Chairman of the board of directors of the South Carolina World Trade Center (2005–2006)
  • Former Founding Chairman, Governing Council of the Environment and Natural Resources Section, South Carolina Bar
  • Former Chair, Disaster Legal Assistance Committee, Young Lawyer Division, South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston Chamber representative on the Charleston Resilience Network
  • Appointed to City of Charleston Stormwater Task Force
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