Christopher Schraff - Capital University Law School

Christopher Schraff

Adjunct Professor

Christopher Schraff


  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
  • A.B., John Carroll University


  • Federal Water Pollution Control Act
  • CERCLA and RCRA matters
  • Wetlands regulation
  • Pretreatment requirements
  • Environmental statutes and regulations
  • Civil and criminal environmental litigation
  • lender and fiduciary liability issues


Chris practices in Porter Wright's Environmental/Energy/Government department, having special interest in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, CERCLA and RCRA matters, wetlands regulation, pretreatment requirements, state and local environmental statutes and regulations, and lender and fiduciary liability issues. He has litigated a number of civil and criminal environmental matters, including service as lead counsel in Columbus & Franklin County Metropolitan Park District v. Shank, 5 Ohio St.3d 86 (1992) — the leading decision in Ohio on water pollution control law — and in City of Canton v. Whitman, 44 Ohio St.2d 62 (1975) — a leading case on state control of public water supplies. He has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting environmental provisions for purchase agreements, loan documents, real estate documents, and other business documents. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for the area of Environmental Law in every edition since 1991, is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2010 Columbus, Ohio Environmental Lawyer of the Year. Chris is recognized by the publishers of Law & Politics and Cincinnati Magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer® and is listed in Chambers USA as one of Ohio's leading attorneys in Environmental Law.

Additional professional experience

Chris is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers