Aaron Farmer

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Aaron Farmer

Principal Assistant Attorney General
Supervising Attorney, Air Unit

Environmental Enforcement Section

Contact
Office: 614-466-2766
Direct: 614-728-3083
Fax: 614-644-1926
Aaron.Farmer@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
 
Aaron joined the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section in 2008. He supervises the attorneys and caseload in the Section’s Air Unit. Aaron also participates in the litigation of numerous environmental enforcement actions and administrative cases for various units of the Environmental Enforcement Section in state and federal courts. He served as Ohio’s lead environmental attorney on the Volkswagen diesel-engine matter, facilitating the allocation of Ohio EPA’s share of a $2.9-billion federal trust for diesel-pollution-reduction projects in Ohio. Aaron assisted in the $1.71-million settlement with Sunny Farms Landfill that resolved alleged violations of past water pollution, solid waste and air pollution laws. He also served as Ohio’s lead appellate attorney in an asbestos enforcement case, where the court affirmed an $850,000 civil penalty against a demolition company and its owner for their violations. 
 
Aaron also works on comments and appeals of rulemakings promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, Aaron participates in the Ohio Attorney General’s Major Appeals Group, assisting the Office of the State Solicitor General in brief writing and oral argument preparation for cases significant to the State of Ohio.
 
Before joining the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section, Aaron was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office. He managed the juvenile-delinquency docket and prosecuted felony cases, juvenile delinquencies and child support cases.

 
BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
EDUCATION
  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D. 2005
  • Miami University, B.S. (Business) 2002
LEADERSHIP
  • Co-Chair of Planning Committee, Environmental Law Committee, Ohio State Bar Association (September 2012 through April 2013)
  • Co-Chair of Environmental Law Committee, Columbus Bar Association (September 2011 through May 2013)
PRESENTATIONS
  • Issues Concerning Water Pollution Prevention and Enforcement: Minimizing Water Pollution from Manure Sources in Ohio
    • Columbus Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio 2011
  • Rulemaking after Michigan v. EPA:  When EPA Must, May, Must Not Consider Costs
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio 2015
  • The Personal Participation Theory – Ohio’s Direct Liability Alternative to Corporate Veil Piercing in Environmental Enforcement Cases
    • Regional Environmental Enforcement Associations, Salt Lake City, Utah 2016
  • Volkswagen Diesel Fraud: Injunctions in Federal Court Drive Pollution Reductions in Ohio
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio 2017
  • 2018 Environment, Energy, and Resources Case Law Update
    • Ohio State Bar Association: Columbus, Ohio 2018
  • Ohio Pipeline Litigation: Is the 6th Circuit the New ERAC?
    • Ohio State Bar Association: Columbus, Ohio 2019