Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant
ELM LLC & Graves Law Offices, PC.
Lee is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the ELM Companies and Principal of Graves Law Offices, PC. Lee’s legal and environmental practice involves strategic counseling in the areas of Environmental Liability Management (ELM), Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), ecological risk assessment, and environmental due diligence. Mr. Graves has worked directly on many well-known sites and projects including the Milltown Dam Superfund site litigation, Milltown, Montana; Commencement Bay Superfund Site, Tacoma, Washington; Waste Management, Inc. landfill-NRDA claim in Indiana; Blackbird Mine NRDA, UNOCAL diluent release in California; ARCO pipeline oil spill in Indiana; and Colonial Pipeline San Jacinto River-NRDA. Lee has resolved numerous environmental liabilities by strategically applying restoration-based solutions.
Prior to entering the consulting field, he served for three years as Senior Attorney in the General Counsel’s office of NOAA. Lee served as NOAA’s lead attorney on the largest natural resource damage assessment litigation in the country, U.S. v. Montrose, et. al.. The Montrose case dealt with remediation and natural resource liabilities with PCB’s and DDT being the contaminates of concern. Lee’s early professional career was in investment banking where he analyzed investment opportunities which included land and corporate acquisition and divestiture while working for Michael K. Deaver in Washington, DC. Lee represented such clients as Mitsubishi, China Trust Bank and other foreign interests.
Lee is a graduate of Creighton University, with a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Finance
Lee is a proud supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, St. Jude, Ducks Unlimited, Easter Seals and Jeffery Pride Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research.