Former Drinker Biddle Partner To Serve as First GC of Environ
Former Drinker Biddle & Reath corporate partner Samuel Mason has been tapped to serve in the newly-created position of general counsel at global environmental, health and safety consulting firm Environ Corp., a longtime client.
Mason said he's served as outside counsel to the privately-held, Arlington, Va.-based company for more than a decade, starting when it was still a relatively small operation.
But Environ has expanded aggressively in the past decade, including mergers with Massachusetts-based epidemiological consulting firm Applied Epidemiology Inc., Tennessee-based wastewater treatment consulting firm the Advent Group, Illinois-based forensic architecture consulting firms Boelter Associates Inc. and Gustitus Group Inc., and Brazilian environmental consultancy firm Arquipelago Engenharia Ambiental.
Environ now employs 1,000 consultants across 88 offices in 19 countries, including China, Germany and South Africa.
According to Mason, the significant expansion in recent years is what drove Environ to the conclusion that it needed full-time, in-house counsel.
Mason said that when the company approached him about the position, he decided he was ready to make a change after 35 years in private practice, 15 of which he spent at Drinker Biddle as a partner in its corporate practice.
"At this point I feel it would be very interesting to work with one client and to be more immersed in everything they do," Mason said, adding that he was also eager to join Environ's management team, with which he has become well-acquainted over the years.
Mason said one of the things that attracted him to the new role was that it allowed him to remain in Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Drinker Biddle's offices, despite Environ being based in Virginia.
According to Mason, the company has a decentralized management structure in which its chief executive officer is based in San Francisco, while its chief financial officer is based in Arlington and its chief operating officer works out of the company's office in Newark, N.J.
Mason said Environ also houses some management functions in its Chicago office.