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Edward “Skipp” Kropp was born and raised in central Indiana and, after having spent a number of years in Ohio and West Virginia, where he is also licensed, relocated to Indianapolis in 2010 to continue his practice. He represents a number of Indiana clients, including the largest wastewater treatment operator in the state. Skipp’s passion other than law includes singing barbershop harmony. In fact, he is so passionate about the barbershop harmony art form that he has served on the Board of Directors of the 15,000 member Barbershop Harmony Society for 7 years, including serving as its International President in 2017 and 2018. When you dig deeper, however, you quickly realize that while Skipp likes to joke, he has deep and broad environmental experience in the areas of air, water, and waste. As the former Chief of the WV DEP Office of Air Quality and former Deputy Director of the WV DEP, Skipp is a respected and serious environmental lawyer, with a hands-on approach to helping clients. That approach involves significant time working hand in glove with a number of trade associations in Indiana and Ohio. Skipp organizes an annual meeting among US EPA Region V, the environmental agencies in both Indiana and Ohio, and trade associations to discuss issues facing the regulated communities in both states.    

Skipp’s clients depend on him to help them navigate environmental regulatory changes and to understand the impact on their operations and bottom line. In the unfortunate situation when a client is on the wrong side of a regulation, Skipp helps them propose solutions, negotiate penalties, and obtain compliance. He enjoys being a lawyer who can help his clients stay in harmony with ever-changing environmental regulations.

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law (2010-Present)
Super Lawyers® 2011

Key Experience

Regulatory enforcement counsel for operator of the wastewater treatment facility of a major metropolitan area
Defense counsel for state Clean Air Act enforcement action involving major industrial facility
Represented trade association in Clean Power Plan administrative proceedings and subsequent litigation

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2001-2013 Jackson Kelly PLLC
1997-2001 West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
1989-1997 Robinson & McElwee
1987-1988 TRC Companies
1983-1987 Appalachian Power
1978-1983 American Electric Power

Speaking Engagements

Frequent lecturer on environmental issues, including air quality policy, Voluntary Remediation Programs, and stormwater regulation