Richard M. Cornelius, JD
Before becoming a Member of the Board of Directors of Scout Environmental, Mr. Cornelius was a co-founder, President and CEO of TEC Inc., a Charlottesville, Virginia based environmental engineering/consulting company. During his tenure he grew the company from 5 employees to over 300 employees nationwide.
Prior to founding TEC, Mr. Cornelius was the U.S. Navy’s first civilian Environmental Attorney, working for the Office of the General Counsel, as an Assistant General Counsel for Environmental Law. He provided legal support to the Secretary of the Navy’s Office on all environmental law matters for over 12 years.
Mr. Cornelius has extensive NEPA experience, has written dozens of Environmental Assessments (EAs) and managed the preparation of numerous Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s) for various U.S. Federal Agencies. As the U.S. Navy’s senior Environmental Attorney, Mr. Cornelius defended Navy NEPA litigation across the U.S., including having two NEPA cases successfully defended in the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Cornelius has taught dozens of NEPA compliance courses for various Universities and Federal Agencies, including Christopher Newport University, Golden Gate University, NASA, U.S. Army Arsenal Radford, Virginia, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Cornelius was also a guest lecturer at the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) 25th Anniversary of NEPA Conference.
He was the Program Manager for the EIS to move U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam. He was the Project Manager and Project Director of dozens of Environmental Compliance Audits for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Air National Guard and Army National Guard within 30 states and 3 foreign countries. As a lead auditor, he has performed environmental compliance evaluations at every U.S. Marine Corps Base in the world. In addition, he has also served as lead environmental auditor for the performance of environmental compliance assessments at all U. S. Navy Air Rework Facilities.
William and Mary College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1973
The American University, Bachelor of Arts, Government, 1969
Member, Virginia Bar Association
Member, U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Environmental Planning, NEPA Project Management