Mr. Hearne is a shareholder in the firm of Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A., in Tampa, Florida where he practices exclusively environmental law. In addition to his legal credentials, Mr. Hearne holds an B.S. degree in engineering focused on water resources and a master’s degree in zoology focused on aquatic and estuarine ecology. Mr. Hearne’s engineering and scientific training enables him to better comprehend the many technical aspects of his work such as geohydrology, complex organic chemistry and other topics. A substantial portion of his legal practice for over 35 years has been to advise public and private clients in transactions involving contaminated sites, including any aspect involving clean up, negotiations, agreements, insurance and mitigation.