Jerry D. Worsham II

Representative Experience  

Jerry D. Worsham II is a shareholder with the firm.  Mr. Worsham has an extensive practice in environmental compliance and litigation, natural resource development.  His experience includes:  approvals and permits for natural resource development; litigation defense on numerous cases involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); Climate Change including comment on issues and regulation development; compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); civil and criminal liability defense on environmental matters; ASTM Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments coordination; emergency incident responses; Prospective Purchaser Agreement negotiations; creation of Conservation Easements; and due diligence associated with mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.  Mr. Worsham reviews and comments on federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations on a regular basis and represents clients before federal and state environmental agencies.  

Associations & Activities  

  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Governor’s Mining Advisory Council, Board Member
  • The Associated General Contractors of America – Appointed Member to the Environmental Forum Steering Committee
  • The Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2015 – present)
  • Barrow Neurological Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Lou Grubb Friends’ Fore Golf & Gala, Committee Member (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Guest Lecturer on Hazardous Waste Regulation for the Arizona State University, Fulton School of Engineering, The Polytechnic School of Environmental and Resource Management  

Awards & Recognition  

  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized “Environmental Specialist” by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, 2000 – present
  • Arizona Top Lawyer, 2010
  • Who’s Who Top Lawyer, 2015
  • Arizona Finest Lawyer 2014 – 2015
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2017 – 2018  

Bar Admissions  

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • District of Columbia Bar  

Court Admissions  

  • Arizona, 1994
  • US District Court of Arizona, 1995
  • New Mexico, US District Court of New Mexico, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • Texas, 1996  


  • University of Denver – Sturm College of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • Pepperdine University, (M.B.A., 1982)
  • Cornell College, (B.S.S., 1978)  

Representative Matters 

  • Negotiation of a Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) with the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) concerning alleged violations of the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule including a Supplemental Environmental Project (“SEP”).
  • Negotiation of a Tolling Agreement and a Consent Decree with the EPA for a CERCLA Site.
  • Remediation of a Shopping Center with contamination by a former Dry Cleaner tenant.
  • Completion of Environmental Due Diligence Associated with a Solar Energy Project.
  • Successful Legal Defense of an Apartment Complex with allegations by tenant of Mold Contamination.
  • Completion of a Voluntary Remediation Program (“VRP”) application with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) for a commercial property.
  • Obtain a Prospective Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with the ADEQ for a new Apartment Complex within an Arizona Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (“WQARF”) Site.
  •  Remediation of former Automobile Maintenance and Repair Facility for future sale, lease or financing options


News & Publications

Firm Attorneys Recognized As America’s Most Honored Lawyers

America's Most Honored Lawyer Recognition The Cavanagh Law Firm is proud to recognize that many of our attorneys have recently received professional honors as America's Most Honored Lawyers by American Registry. Thirteen of the Firm’s attorneys have been awarded the...

15 Attorneys Named as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Southwest Super Lawyers selected 12 senior attorneys for its 2017 honor. Named for this honor are Helen R. Davis, William M. Demlong, Philip C. Gerard, Connie T. Gould, Christina S. Hamilton, Ralph E. Hunsaker, Timothy R. Hyland, Steven Plitt, Elliot H. Wernick, Richard J. Woods and Jerry D. Worsham II. Steven J. Gross, Jordan R. Plitt and John K. Wittwer were named as up-and-coming, Rising Stars.