Then, he began his corporate career in 1970 with ARCO™, serving in a variety of legal and management positions, including Director of EHS for ARCO Chemical. He served for almost twenty years as a senior corporate environment, health, and safety officer at the VP and Senior VP levels with large corporations- Elf Aquitaine™, Elf Atochem™ (formerly Atofina™ and now Arkema Chemicals Inc.™), and Occidental Petroleum™.
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Frank Friedman is recognized as a worldwide leader in developing and rapidly implementing leading-edge EHS programs. He has broad internal experience in the chemical, oil and gas, petroleum refining and marketing, mining and pipeline industries as well as in many other industries as a consultant and expert witness.
As a consultant, he has extensive experience advising utility and power companies on program management, strategies, and energy issues. He has worked with manufacturing, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, construction, hospitals, and service companies on program management and compliance.
He has organized and managed both centralized and decentralized departments requiring rapid decision-making, turnarounds, and integration into business plans. He has engaged in extensive troubleshooting at facilities and operations worldwide, including Latin America, China, Singapore, Thailand and Europe. He provides strategic advice and review of EHS and process safety issues and stems for interconnection, integration, cost-effectiveness and compliance to domestic and multinational corporate clients and law firms.
His book, Practical Guide to Environmental Management (Environmental Law Institute, first edition 1988, 11th edition, 2011, Click Here to purchase) is widely viewed as the standard reference and teaching text on its subject. He also is the author of the chapter on Environmental Auditing in the Treatise, Law of Environmental Protection (Environmental Law Institute, last revision 2019). He served for many years as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, as well as having served as a Visiting Scholar, working with the Institute on various management issues. He also has advised the U.S. Department of Justice on environmental management systems and was a Distinguished Speaker for EPA on environmental management systems.
He served as a member of the four-person Standards Board of the Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications. The Standards Board has significantly revised the auditing standards for the Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications and for the Auditing Roundtable.
He is a member of an advisory committee for Columbia Law School's environmental law program. He served as Co-Chairman of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee.
As a result of his book, work on government committees and testimony before Congress and his involvement in environmental management and law since the 1960’s, Friedman was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of a few individuals “who stand out not only for their success in representing their clients’ interests, but also for their influence on [environmental] law.”