Robert J. Brundage

Robert J. Brundage

Jefferson City, Missouri

Since 1987, Mr. Brundage’s law practice has concentrated in environmental law.

From 1994 to the present, he has represented clients on a wide variety of matters before the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His clients consist of industrial, municipal and agricultural clients who require guidance on environmental compliance, counsel to appeal permit conditions or require professional lobbying services concerning legislation and rulemaking matters. Other clients require legal counsel to defend civil enforcement actions brought by MDNR, EPA, and citizens' suits brought under the auspices of federal environmental laws.

In his previous position at Premium Standard Farms, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Environmental Affairs. As counsel to the nation's second largest pork producer, he represented the company in a wide variety of issues ranging from EPCRA/CERCLA reporting, to water and air permitting matters to environmental litigation issues.

He has been intimately involved in the promulgation of numerous environmental regulations. He participates in the rulemaking process before the Missouri Clean Water Commission, Air Conservation Commission, Hazardous Waste Management Commission, Dam & Reservoir Safety Council and the State Soil and Water Districts Commission. He attends meetings of the Clean Water Commission and the Air Conservation Commission to monitor rulemakings and policies which affect his clients and communicates his clients' comments during the rulemaking process.

He has handled several matters before the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals and prosecuted a Petition for Review before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Environmental Protection Agency-Region VII's rulemaking authority.

From 1995 to present, he has served as General Counsel to the Missouri Agribusiness Association. On behalf of Mo-Ag, he lobbied for environmental and agricultural laws and regulations that are favorable to Missouri agribusiness. He has also represented the grain and agrichemical industry in permit appeals affecting grain handling and agrichemical facilities.

From 1987 through 1994, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Division of the Missouri Attorney General's Office where he handled both civil and administrative litigation matters. He prosecuted numerous civil enforcement actions before circuit courts all over the state. These matters involved enforcement of Missouri's Hazardous Waste Management Law, Solid Waste Management Law, Clean Water Law, Air Conservation Law, Dam and Reservoir Safety Law and Public Drinking Water Law.

As an Assistant Attorney General, a sizeable part of his practice consisted of administrative work before various environmental commissions and councils. For instance, he handled numerous appeals of NPDES operating and storm water permits, air construction permits, solid waste management permits, and RCRA Part B permits. In addition to permit litigation, he litigated appeals of administrative orders before various commissions. Finally, he served as General Counsel to the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission, the Missouri State Soil and Water Districts Commission and the Missouri Dam & Reservoir Safety Council. He also served as Assistant General Counsel to the Missouri Clean Water Commission and the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission.

During his tenure at the Attorney General's Office, he was the first attorney to successfully try and gain a conviction under Missouri's Clean Water Law. He also was one of the first attorneys to prosecute, try and obtain a verdict against a polluter for causing a fish kill, and recover damages and investigation costs. Finally, he was the first Assistant Attorney General to prosecute before a jury and win natural resource damage for air pollution in Missouri.

Areas of Practice

  • 95% Environmental Law
  • 5% General Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1998


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, Missouri, USA
    • B.S. cum laude - 1983
    • Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Management

Representative Clients

  • Doe Run Company
  • Continental Insurance Company
  • Tyson Foods
  • Premium Standard Farms
  • Farmland Foods
  • Missouri Agribusiness Association
  • Moark Egg Productions, Inc.
  • Missouri Pork Association
  • City of Bolivar


  • Joe Miller, General Counsel, Rose Acre Farms
  • Jewell Patek, Jewell Patek & Associates
  • Steve Taylor, President, Missouri Agribusiness Association


  • TMDLs -- Heading Into Uncharted Waters, Midwest Region Environmental Conference, Kansas City, 2005
  • Emerging Issues from Existing Water Regulations, Region VII Environmental Symposium, Kansas City, 2003
  • Environmental Laws on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations - Water Issues, The Seminar Group, Kansas City, 2002
  • Air Permitting for Grain Handling Facilities, Show-Me Ag Classic, 1999
  • Permitting and Regulation of Agrichemical Facilities, Show-Me Ag Classic, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Top Grade Environmental Law, 1985
  • Top 10 Brief Writers in First Year Class, Board of Advocates
  • Eagle Scout

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association, Chair, Environmental and Energy Law Committee, 2005 - 2009
  • Missouri Bar Association, Member, Environmental and Energy Law Committee, 1987 - Present
  • Conservation Federation of Missouri, Board of Directors, 1990 - 2002
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Cole County Bar Association
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Justice, 1985 - 1986
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Treasurer, 1983 - 1984

Past Employment Positions

  • Premium Standard Farms, Inc., Princeton, Missouri, Assistant General Counsel for Environmental Affairs, 1999 - 2003
  • Newman, Comley & Ruth, P.C., Associate Attorney, 1998 - 1999
  • Missouri Agribusiness Association, Jefferson City, Missouri, General Counsel and Director of Environmental Affairs, 1995 - 1998
  • The Law Office of Robert J. Brundage, Jefferson City, Missouri, 1994 - 1998
  • Office of the Attorney General, Jefferson City, Missouri, Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Unit, 1987 - 1994