Environment - Georgia


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What the team is known for Boutique environment team highly regarded for environment litigation. Has vast experience handling regulatory matters including CAA and CWA proceedings and cleanup projects. Further engaged in matters including real estate due diligence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have taken the best people from a variety of areas and put them together."

"They have a wealth of experience. They are all very seasoned attorneys, with great experience handling a variety of issues in a number of jurisdictions."

"It is a sterling firm. Everyone from the most senior to the most junior person has tremendous expertise."

Work highlights Represented the State of Georgia in the Tri-State Water Wars litigation against the States of Alabama and Florida, over the use of water from the Apalachicola–Chattahoochee–Flint and the Alabama–Coosa–Tallapoosa river basins.

Acted for Walter Energy on class action litigation concerning property damage allegedly caused by air and water emissions from facilities in Birmingham, Alabama.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Cloud is regarded as "a very good lawyer and a gentleman" by his peers. He has "a tremendous depth of knowledge in the air environmental space," and also handles developments on brownfield sites and Superfund work. He has recently been engaged as joint lead counsel for Vulcan Materials.

One market commentator states that Skip Kazmarek "is as good an environmental lawyer as anyone in Georgia." He recently acted for the Southeastern Legal Foundation in a Supreme Court challenge to the EPA's greenhouse gas program.

Scott Laseter "is one of the smartest people I have ever had the opportunity to work with," says one recent client. Laseter is regularly engaged on matters involving brownfield sides and recently acted for Georgetown Athens on its purchase of a Superfund site.

Clients consider Robert Mowrey to have "a very good understanding of the law and a very good grasp of the business implications of his advice." Matters handled include regulatory enforcement work, the cleanup of Superfund sites and toxic tort suits. Recent highlights include acting as joint lead counsel for Newell Rubbermaid.

Associate Max Zygmont is "very well prepared and knowledgeable on regulatory issues," clients say. His practice incorporates litigation and regulatory compliance matters. He recently assisted with the defense of a toxic tort class action against Walter Energy.

Carol Geiger has a strong transactional environment practice including real estate due diligence. She also has wider regulatory experience and was recently retained by AGL Resources to handle matters arising in connection with its former gas generation facilities.

David Meezan handles a range of litigation, regulatory compliance and real estate transactional matters. He has particular experience in matters engaging the CAA, CWA and CERCLA legislation. "I feel like he knows everything there is to know about environmental law," reports one client.

Richard Horder is a highly regarded litigator, regularly handling matters including Coastal Zone Management Act issues and toxic tort actions. One client says he has "encyclopedic knowledge of groundwater pollution matters." He is further praised for his "great presence and great rapport with judges," and his "good trial preparation and presentation."

Significant clients Wilbros, City of Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific, Coca-Cola, Georgia Industry Environmental Coalition.

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What the team is known for First-class environment practice noted for litigation work. Also focuses on regulatory permitting matters, CERCLA legislation and wetlands issues. Clients include large multinational corporations, local governmental bodies and real estate developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are thorough, imaginative, cost-effective in their staffing and very responsive to my needs."

Work highlights Advised Marubeni-Itochu Tubulars America on the potential environmental liabilities arising out of its $600 million acquisition of Sooner Inc.

Represented Akzo Nobel in proceedings regarding the Medley Farm Superfund Site. Akzo Nobel is part of a class that could be liable for $10 million in cleanup costs.

Notable practitioners  

Environment litigator Patricia Barmeyer is described by one souce as "the best attorney in the state" and "a fixture in the environment community"  She regularly handles water, waste and air environmental issues.

Lewis Jones regularly handles water use matters and recently advised the Atlanta Regional Commission of Water Suppliers. Peers consider him "a great lawyer." He displays regulatory expertise in areas including CERLCA and the Endangered Species Act.

Leslie Oakes has a strong reputation for handling regulatory compliance matters, with extensive experience in air and water pollution issues. He recently advised environment Varel International Energy Services on the impact of environmental issues at sites in Texas and France on its $740 million sale to Sandvik.

Adam Sowatzka impresses clients with his knowledge of environmental protection issues; one client reports that "I have never seen anyone that could equal him on EPA matters." He acted as lead counsel for the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee on a $10 million CWA action brought by the EPA.

Clients say Amelia Magee "does a great job," adding: "She is smart and responsive, and really knows the regulations very well." She focuses on matters relating to Superfund sites.

Significant clients Atlanta Regional Commission, Mueller Water Products, GE, DSM Chemicals North America, Rayonier Advanced Materials.

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What the team is known for Outstanding team handling a range of transactional, regulatory and litigation work, including clean air and water pollution issues. Clients include large corporate entities and energy companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an all-star roster of subject matter experts, litigators who can take a case from any medium to trial and win, and an enviable bench strength."

"The environmental lawyers at the firm are highly skilled and very efficient.  They provide practical legal advice while taking into account the complexities of our business."

Work highlights Represented the City of Fort Lauderdale in toxic tort claims including a class action, arising from alleged emissions from a municipal incinerator.

Advised the State of Arizona on a challenge to EPA plans to implement new controls on coal restrictions on three coal-fired power stations in the state.

Notable practitioners 

Clients describe Douglas Henderson as an "excellent trial attorney" with an "impressive depth of knowledge across environmental air, water, land and waste issues." He also attracts praise for his ability to "develop creative litigation strategies that win cases." He acts on toxic tort claims and has strong experience with CWA and CAA legislation.

John Johnson recently acted as lead regulatory counsel for Delta Air Lines. He is noted for handling cases with CERCLA and RCRA elements. Clients state that he "always provides practical advice and options for compliance."

Peers regard Gregory Blount as a strong transactional lawyer. He has experience handling pharmaceutical waste matters. Clients include local government and corporate bodies.

Holly Hill is a regulatory practitioner, acting on matters including the cleanup of contaminated sites and permit applications. She also provides due diligence support on transactional matters.

Randy Brogdon handles a range of regulatory issues and provides due diligence support for M&A transactions. He recently assisted Southern Power with its acquisition of a solar facility in New Mexico. Clients say he is "very helpful in providing advice about compliance matters related to Title V air permits." 

Clients report that Andrea Rimer's strengths include "excellent analytical ability, strong writing skills and thorough analysis of the issues." She is regularly retained on matters such as the cleanup of Superfund and hazardous sites and related remediation programs.

Margaret Campbell is recognized as an expert in air issues, and is regularly engaged to act in cases related to air quality legislation at both state and federal levels. She recently assisted Southern Company with its response to proposed EPA rules on the emissions of greenhouse gasses from power plants.

Significant clients Dominion Resource Services, Southern Company Services, Georgia Power, PNM Resources, Georgia-Pacific.

Band 2 | Alston & Bird

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What the team is known for Well-regarded group regularly defending clients on federal enforcement actions and ensuring compliance with CERCLA and clean water regulations. Acts for an impressive roster of multinational companies and energy suppliers. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They come up with creative solutions to the problems that arise."

"The team have been excellent overall. They are responsive, thorough and have an ability to look at both sides of the issue before making determinations on a business basis."

Work highlights Acted as nationwide environmental counsel for Electrolux North America, including securing approval for the redevelopment of two brownfield sites in Iowa.

Represented AVX Corporation in $800 million Superfund litigation relating to the cleanup of New Bedford Harbor.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Arnold "is vastly experienced in Superfund matters," sources report. He focuses on environment litigation and regulatory compliance. Clients say: "His depth of knowledge and professional polish are both superlative." 

Lee DeHihns is a very highly regarded practitioner, particularly noted for his expertise in regulatory matters. One source states: "The way he manages the communication with different parts of government is excellent." 

Jonathan Wells "is one of the brightest young lawyers I have ever worked with," enthuses one client. He is also commended for his "tremendous" data analysis skills. He recently acted for King America Finishing on litigation arising from the death of over 30,000 fish in the Ogeechee River.

Significant clients UPS, Dow Chemical, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Imerys North America, BP Products North America.

Band 3 | HunterMaclean

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What the team is known for Savannah-based team with a practice focused primarily on coastal and wetlands issues. Also acts on brownfield development matters, contaminated site remediation and waste management work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been excellent at identifying problems at an early stage, saving us so many dollars because we were given early warnings about problem areas."

"The firm is excellent, responsive and well respected."

"They are more knowledgeable and have more understanding of environmental regulatory permit compliance than many others I have consulted."

Work highlights Assisted East River Street with obtaining permits for the construction of docks and mooring facilities in preparation for the development of a $150 million mixed-use hotel and commercial property development with additional car parking and recreational spaces.

Represented Lewis Commercial Properties in the purchase and disposal of several contaminated properties, and advised on the remediation liabilities that would be incurred on each. The aggregate value of the properties was $5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Ernst recently assisted Buck Swamp Holdings with permitting issues on a $4 million wetlands development project. Clients appreciate that "he sees and articulates the bigger picture for the client; that is an excellent quality, especially in such a technical area of law." He is further commended for his "in-depth understanding of Corps of Engineers regulations and permit processing procedures."

Significant clients CSX Realty, BMC Management Ab, Adwell Corporation, McKenzie Tank Lines, JIT Warehousing & Logistics.

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What the team is known for Established team providing specialist environmental regulatory advice to clients in the oil and natural gas pipeline industries. Also advises on compliance with air and water protection legislation.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Hogfoss is noted by peers for his work with oil and gas pipeline operators and is regarded as being "very knowledgeable" in this sphere. He also has vast experience dealing with matters such as RCRA legislation.

Catherine Little acts for oil and gas clients on a range of compliance matters, particularly where the Pipeline Safety Act is engaged. Her wider regulatory practice includes matters involving CERCLA and endangered species legislation.

Significant clients ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, PG&E, Colonial Pipeline Company, Kinder Morgan Energy, The Williams Company.

Band 3 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for Provides regulatory and transactional advice to clients on matters including toxic tort litigation and due diligence support for real estate transactions. Clients include energy generation and oil and gas transportation companies.

Work highlights Represented Flowers Foods in a variety of regulatory compliance issues, including EPA requests for information.

Advised Axiall on environmental issues relating to its $2.1 billion acquisition of a commodity chemicals business.

Notable practitioners  

Jack Grady frequently acts on CERCLA, RCRA and CAA matters. He has further expertise in the purchase, disposition and creation of emission credits, and has provided advice on the impact of environmental considerations on M&A carried out by corporate clients.

Peers regard Graham Holden as a strong air regulatory practitioner. Impressed clients note that he "really understands the science behind the regulations." He recently assisted Georgia Transmission with applications for storm water general permits.

Christine Morgan has a strong regulatory practice, assisting with compliance on water and air issues and acting on remediation requirements for contaminated property. Peers also note her transactional practice advising on the environmental aspects of M&A.

Significant clients Century Aluminum, Chevron, JF Lehman & Co, Oglethorpe Power. 

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What the team is known for Well-regarded team with strong experience representing large corporations, municipalities and others in a range of matters. Areas of focus include regulatory compliance and permitting issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are efficient and responsive, and provide a good-value service."

Work highlights Advised the Georgia Ports Authority on the environmental implications of the deepening of Savannah Harbor. Particular regard was paid to the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Represented Georgia ForestWatch as an intervening party in proceedings aimed at challenging a ruling allowing boating on the Upper Chattooga River. 

Notable practitioners

Susan Richardson is "very knowledgeable" in the area of wastewater permits and regulatory compliance, sources say. Her wider practice includes significant work assisting in real estate transactions and the cleanup of contaminated sites.

The "very experienced" Gary Sheehan has a significant air environmental practice, offering regulatory compliance advice, helping clients obtain permits and defending enforcement actions. He also has strong experience handling CWA proceedings and issues surrounding Superfund sites.

Significant clients City of Atlanta, Knoxville Utilities Board, Avanti Investments, Nestlé, Bojangles.

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What the team is known for Esteemed practitioners highlighted for contaminated land foreclosures and due diligence support on corporate acquisitions and disposals. Other areas of practice include financing and acquisitions of solar and other renewable energy projects.

Notable practitioners

Gerald Pouncey's practice centers around the sale and purchase of Superfund and other contaminated sites. "What he is able to accomplish is amazing," says one client; "he cuts through all the red tape with the regulator. He's so smart; he knows the issues inside out and is very well prepared."

Sources say that Heather Friedman is "an expert in the purchase, redevelopment and financing of environmentally impacted property." She is also described as "a strategist who understands business issues" and as a lawyer who "has exceptionally good relationships with regulators and is trusted by lenders."

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What the team is known for Highlighted for representing manufacturers, insurance companies and those involved in the transit of hazardous materials. Offers particular expertise on waste management, Superfund site cleanups and toxic tort litigation. 

Work highlights Acted for Alcoa on a class action suit brought by former employees of a Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta. The plaintiffs sought damages for personal injuries they alleged resulted from their exposure to beryllium.

Represented Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in its challenge to a wastewater discharge permit allowing Forsyth County to discharge six gallons of treated wastewater a day into the river.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say David Moore is "a top-notch environmental attorney, who is excellent on water issues and has a great strategic mind."  While regularly acting on water use and hydropower matters, his practice has also seen him take on cases involving air and land use issues.

Stephen O'Day is "pragmatic, very calm and keeps on top of what you need to do," clients report. He recently assisted Belectric with the financing, purchase and contracting for solar projects in Oregon.

Significant clients Morgan Advanced Materials, Metso Paper USA, AIG, Quikrete, The Home Depot. 

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What the team is known for Noted for acting on the redevelopment of brownfield sites and water pollution matters. Also represents a number of clients in toxic tort claims and provides due diligence support on corporate transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Taylor English is an excellent full-service firm. It is able to provide support for both the environmental and construction components of our issue."

"They are there for us any time we call and they seem like they genuinely care about doing their best for us."

"High-performing big-firm lawyers at small-firm rates."

Work highlights Represented the Trust for Public Land in its attempts to obtain a three-party agreement with the City of Atlanta and Emerald Corridor for the $100 million restoration of Proctor Creek.

Acted for Transmontaigne on a claim brought by the Jacksonville Electric Authority and Florida's Department of Environmental Protection for remediation costs related to the St. John's River bed.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Craig Pendergrast as "a great resource who positions us well to resolve matters in a very efficient and economical manner." He regularly acts on water use and pollution issues, and is also noted for his handling of waste management and air regulatory matters. He recently advised a stakeholders group on their involvement in the Tri-State Water Wars.

Peyton Nunez continues to impress clients, with one reporting that she "is an excellent manager of environmental regulatory matters." She recently assisted Urban Lofts Townhomes with bringing a suit against two firms that had failed to disclose methane risks associated with a property they were acquiring.

Significant clients XL Insurance, Berry Plastics, Wellons Group, Atlanta Gas Light, Pristine Sun.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

John Spinrad of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is "incredibly bright, well spoken and very thoughtful on the issues," enthuse clients. He regularly assists with real estate transactions, providing advice on environmental liabilities. He advised Jamestown developers on their $300 million Ponce City Market development.

Leah J. Knowlton of Ballard Spahr LLP frequently handles Superfund litigation and alleged CWA violations. She also provides advice on regulatory compliance and real estate due diligence. She recently acted as lead counsel for Coca-Cola Refreshments on a claim brought by four companies seeking a contribution to the $75 million cleanup of a Superfund site.

Joan Sasine of Bryan Cave LLP is an expert on brownfield redevelopment matters, regularly assisting a range of clients with permitting and remediation requirements. Clients praise her "excellent judgment," with one reporting that "she is a trusted member of my team and I have complete confidence in her work." Her clients include the Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta.

Gordon Alphonso of McGuireWoods LLP acts on air quality matters and also has significant experience handling CERCLA and RCRA compliance and permitting issues. Further areas of focus include the management of hazardous waste. His clients include manufacturers of paper, tissue and chemicals.

Todd Silliman of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP recently acted for Landmark Properties on a remediation agreement for a mixed-use industrial site. He is noted for his excellent relationships with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and also draws praise for his business-oriented approach.

Jimmy Kirkland of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP "has a wonderful regulatory knowledge," enthuses one client, "and the advocacy and advice he provides is phenomenal. He understands both the technical and legal sides in depth and that adds value to the client." He recently advised GEP Holdings on air permitting and also acts on RCRA and hazardous waste management issues.

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