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J. W. (Jack) Ubinger, Jr., Esq.

Adjunct Faculty
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Environmental Science and Management

Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4749


Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Ohio University, 1970
J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1973
Professional Background

J. W. (Jack) Ubinger, Jr. is a Senior Vice President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council focusing on the development of market-oriented solutions to environmental problems. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is a statewide organization which protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Environmental Council in 2008, he had been Coordinating Partner of the Environmental Health & Safety Practice in the Pittsburgh Office of Jones Day.

As a private practice environmental lawyer, Mr. Ubinger has 35 years of broad-based experience that includes environmental compliance counseling, litigation and dispute resolution. He has taught graduate courses in Environmental Conflict Resolution for Duquesne University since 1993.

Mr. Ubinger has been recognized in America's Leading Business Lawyers, published by Chambers USA; The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White, Inc.; and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, published by Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazine. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Law (serving as the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee from August 2006 through July 2008) and the ABA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

He has chaired the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Environmental Mineral and Natural Resources Law and the Allegheny County Bar Association's Environmental Law Section. He is a Fellow of the Air & Waste Management Association and is a past chair of the Association's Allegheny Mountain Section. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (Practitioner/Educator/Researcher category) and an associate of the Environmental Law Institute. He has served as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council Task Force on the Reuse of Industrial Sites (1993), a member of the Steering Committee of the PennACCORD Center for Environmental Dispute Resolution (1989 through 1995), a member of the Allegheny County Health Department Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee (1992 through 1996).

He was also a founding director of the Allegheny Land Trust in 1993 and has served as the President and Chair of the Board from July 2006 through June 2008.