A. J. Birkbeck - President/CEO
A.J. Birkbeck is currently the President and CEO of the American Brownfields Assurance Company, which he founded in 1999. Mr. Birkbeck graduated with degrees in econometrics and geophysics with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, as well as with a MBA in corporate finance with high distinction from that same institution. He worked as a senior analyst for Amoco Corporation (now BP America) in Chicago prior to obtaining his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He has practiced environmental law at several law firms, including Winston & Strawn in Chicago and several other law firms which he has either founded or co-founded. Mr. Birkbeck is now acting as managing attorney at the Fulcrum Law Group. His practice includes environmental litigation and complex regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Birkbeck has also served as an officer and board member of other environmentally related entities, including ERS Corporation, which developed a range of ISO 14000 compliant environmental reporting software and environmental management systems. He has also served in a number of capacities and leadership positions, ranging from the ASTM Continuing Obligations Task Force to various government commissions, bar association environmental sections, and advisory committees.
Assuring Federal Protection Against Cleanup Costs
All Appropriate Inquiry Alone Does Not Afford Federal Liability Protection
Many property owners have been led to believe, upon completion of their All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) prior to purchasing a piece of commercial property, that they will enjoy federal liability protections under the Brownfield Amendments to Superfund/CERCLA. Yet, the Brownfields Amendments clearly require that such owners satisfy their "continuing obligations" in order to maintain their federal liability protection.
American Brownfields Assurance Company, Inc. and the Sentinel Stewardship Companies, are uniquely positioned to work together with property owners to provide resources and tools that property owners might utilize to satisfy their continuing obligations under the Brownfields Amendments and to secure federal liability protection.