Jack C. Bender


Jack C. Bender is experienced in consulting and representing clients on environmental law matters, including administrative and court litigation regarding emissions, solid and hazardous waste, and wastewater compliance and permitting issues. A frequent speaker at business and trade group meetings on environmental issues, he has also written extensively on a variety of permitting and enforcement topics.

With respect to environmental permitting, Jack has assisted manufacturing, electric utility, coal mining, and municipal clients in applying for and negotiating the terms of Title V and Prevention of Significant Deterioration air emission permits, NPDES wastewater permits, municipal and industrial solid waste landfill permits, and dredge and fill permits and associated state water quality certifications. He has also defended third party challenges to air emission, wastewater discharge, and landfill permits in administrative proceedings and state court. In these permit related matters, Jack works closely with the clients’ technical consultants to ensure the permits are reasonable and practicable from a compliance standpoint and the terms and supporting administrative record are defensible so as to minimize third party or EPA objection risks. His regulatory compliance and permitting experience and engineering background is also used to assist clients and consultants in conducting compliance audits for single facility and multiple site projects.

Jack also defends clients in state, federal, and citizen suit enforcement actions. He has defended citizen suit actions brought by environmental interest groups under the Clean Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and the Clean Air Act. On behalf of municipal clients, he has negotiated wet weather consent decrees and state consent judgments for remedial actions to address separate and combined sewer overflows, treatment plant bypasses, and MS4 compliance. He has negotiated numerous settlements with EPA and state regulators to resolve environmental regulation enforcement actions against industrial and utility clients.

Jack is also active in assisting clients and trade groups in commenting on environmental regulations. He has also represented business and industry trade groups as interveners and amici in environmental interest group challenges to state water quality standards and other environmental regulatory determinations.

Prior to attending law school, became registered as a Professional Engineer in Kentucky in the field of mining engineering.


  • University of Kentucky  (J.D., 1987)
    • Articles Editor, Journal of Mineral Law & Policy
    • Order of the Coif
  • Pennsylvania State University  (B.S., 1978)
    • Mining Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Supreme Court


  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce , Energy and Environment Committee


  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Litigation - Environmental by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Water Law
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Environment – Kentucky
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® list