Scott Horne is the managing principal of the Law Office of Scott J Horne, LLC, a firm he established shortly after retiring from his position as General Counsel and Vice President of Government Affairs for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in Washington, DC. Scott’s law practice is focused primarily on legal and regulatory issues specific to the scrap recycling and solid waste industries. Currently, of Scott spends a substantial amount of his time representing a number of clients who have been named as Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at the Chemetco Superfund Site in Hartford, IL.
During his nearly 22 year tenure at ISRI, Scott was responsible for all of ISRI’s legal activities as well as the management of ISRI’s Government Affairs group, which serves as the advocate for the private sector recycling industry and also provides extensive compliance guidance for its members on a wide variety of issues including international trade, transportation, and the environment. Scott has traveled the globe on behalf of the scrap recycling industry seeking to help develop new markets for recycled materials to be used as raw material feedstocks, working with both the United States and foreign governments (with a great focus on China and India) to minimize barriers that might otherwise be imposed on the free and fair trade of scrap materials, and attending meetings of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal as well as the OECD’s Working Group on Waste Management Policy to protect the interests of recyclers.
Scott was one of the driving forces behind the development of the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS), which is an integrated management system standard written specifically for the recycling industry that incorporates aspects of environmental protection, worker and community health & safety, and quality. Prior to the development of RIOS, he developed ISRI’s programs designed to educate its membership on the ISO 9000 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14000 (Environmental Management Systems) standards. As a member of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to Technical Committee 207 of the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”), which developed the ISO 14000 standards, where he was an active participant in the Legal Issues Forum of the TAG.
Prior to joining ISRI, Scott spent a combined total of 18 years managing and operating scrap processing facilities and consulting to companies in the scrap recycling and solid waste industries.
As a result of his extensive experience and expertise in the scrap recycling industry he has been called upon a number of times to serve as an expert witness in several; large lawsuits.
Scott earned a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois where he was Managing Editor of The John Marshall Law Review and a B.A., Economics, from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife Judith have been married for nearly 36 years, have three adult children and live their golden retriever Emory.