Environment - Georgia


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What the team is known for Noted for major litigation work, with a particular focus on water law issues including the Tri-State Water Wars. Offers regulatory advice to high-profile corporates. Also active on Superfund cost recovery matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have been nothing but extremely impressed with the team. They are logical; they think things through and try to determine different outcomes to any challenge we have in front of us."

"Well known and talented as an environmental litigation firm, good for high-stakes environmental litigation, especially locally."

Work highlights Represented Power4Georgians in a successful challenge to the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

Represented Forsyth County before the Georgia Court of Appeals, in the county's defense of a Georgia Environmental Protection Division permit allowing it to discharge into the Chattahoochee River.

Notable practitioners  

Commentators describe Patricia Barmeyer as "an excellent litigator who is very smart and very strategic in how she thinks about things." Clients say: "She's extraordinarily smart and intuitive. She has the gift that only really good lawyers have of imagination."

Lewis Jones is noted for his water law expertise. Clients praise "his ability to pull together information from a broad spectrum of technical and legal issues," with one adding: "One of the most impressive things about Lewis is his ability to understand the technical issues as well as the legal strategy."

Peers describe Leslie Oakes as a "smart and practical lawyer." He is noted for his work on air quality and hazardous waste issues, particularly in Georgia-specific matters.

Adam Sowatzka is noted for his strong environment litigation practice. One client calls him "extremely knowledgeable and extremely detailed;  I just think the world of Adam and his ability."

Amy Magee acts on site remediation and Superfund matters. Clients say: "She's got a splendid mind when it comes to strategizing and moving things along."

Significant clients Atlanta Regional Commission, Mueller Water Products, GE, DSM Chemicals North America, Acuity Brands.

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What the team is known for Noted for its representation of high-profile clients in the energy sector. Offers regulatory compliance advice to a range of blue-chip corporate clients. Also very active on air quality issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're highly skilled, but they're also very practical. They know my company's industry and give very helpful practical advice."

"They have long-standing experience in complex regulatory practices, and a long-term perspective on the business and local environments."

Work highlights Advised Southern Company Services on a proposed EPA rule limiting state exemptions to CAA emissions standards during startup, shutdown and malfunction at power plants.

Represented the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in a putative class action toxic tort case relating to historical ash emissions from a municipal incinerator.

Notable practitioners  

Margaret Campbell acts on rule challenge and litigation matters. Clients say: "If she's got a peer on the Georgia Bar on clean air issues I don't know who it is - I think she's peerless in the state. She's got the reach into the Washington issues and understands the connection to the policy side of things; that's important to people in this area."

The "first-rate" Douglas Henderson is noted by peers for his site remediation and transactional work.

John Johnson acts on Superfund matters and also advises on regulatory compliance. Clients say: "He's an excellent lawyer - he is extremely knowledgeable but particularly sensitive to my company's issues and very practical."

Peers note the strength of Holly Anne Hill's cleanup and site remediation practice, saying: "She's very knowledgeable and we certainly respect her work." She recently advised Georgia Power on issues connected with the PCB contamination at the $75 million Ward Transformer Superfund site.

Andrea Rimer acts on Superfund site remediation matters and also advises on regulatory compliance. Clients say: "She's just an unbelievable lawyer – very smart, very thorough and extremely responsive."

Greg Blount wins much praise for his transactional abilities. He also acts on enforcement actions for corporate clients.

Clients say Randy Brogdon is "very quick in terms of responses and gives us very helpful practical advice." He acts on a range of matters, including enforcement actions and rule challenges, as well as advising on environment issues in transactions.

Significant clients Delta Air Lines, MidAmerican Energy, PNM Resources, Georgia-Pacific, Dominion Resource Services.

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What the team is known for Formed in June 2013 from the merger of two environment boutiques, Kazmarek Geiger & Laseter and Mowrey Meezan Coddington Cloud. Firm-wide focus on environment matters, with particular strength in litigation. Also recommended for its enforcement work, and has niche expertise in hazardous materials transportation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a strong bench and they've made a splash with the merger. It's a good addition to the Atlanta market."

"They're outstanding individuals there." 

Work highlights Represented Walter Energy in a high-profile putative class action claim relating to air emissions and water discharges at a fuel coke plant in Birmingham, Alabama.

Advised Balfour Beatty Communities on environmental issues relating to its acquisition and letting of properties for housing military service personnel.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Skip Kazmarek wins much acclaim for his work in CAA matters, and is particularly noted for his expertise in carbon capture issues.

Douglas Cloud advises on the environment aspects of high-value transactions. Clients say: "He's a skilled environmental practitioner who knows not only the law but the science as well. He has superb analytical skills and thinks strategically several steps ahead."

Peers are quick to praise Scott Laseter for his expertise in sophisticated, upper-end deals. He is also noted for his disputes work and advice concerning policy advocacy matters.

Robert Mowrey is recognized for his carbon transaction work. He has recently advised Vulcan Materials on enforcement matters and toxic tort litigation. Peers say: "He's smart and thorough, and a good advocate."

Carol Geiger offers regulatory compliance counsel to clients in the real estate sector, including major CMBS special servicer LNR Partners.

David Meezan provides environment advice, including advising Caraustar Industries on its acquisition by HIG Capital. He also has expertise in hazardous materials transportation and handling matters.

Peers praise Rick Horder's wealth of experience and note that "he knows the state as well as anybody; he's a real expert in clean water issues and has great relationships with the regulators. He's a quality lawyer and such a presence in the State of Georgia." He brings this experience to bear on a range of environment litigation matters.

Associate Max Zygmont continues to make a name for himself on environment matters. 

Significant clients City of Atlanta, Coca-Cola, Georgia-Pacific, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Rialto Capital Partners.

Band 3 | Alston & Bird

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What the team is known for Acts on high-value litigation matters and enforcement actions. Also offers regulatory compliance and environmental transactional advice to major corporates. Offers particular expertise in energy sector matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A good team - they're very responsive, and have a good understanding of law and good knowledge with regard to regulation aspects."

Work highlights Advised MEAG Power on environmental permitting and regulatory issues associated with the multibillion-dollar development of additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, including securing a loan guarantee from the DOE.

Represented King America Finishing in mass litigation connected to the 2011 fish kill in the Ogeechee River, acting in 75 separate lawsuits and defending challenges to the client's operating permit.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Arnold is "a very impressive environmental litigator. I was very impressed with his work and strategic vision in multiparty complex Superfund cases, and with the astute strategic input he provided," asserts one satisfied client. Arnold leads the firm's relationship with UPS as national environmental counsel.

Jonathan Wells acts on high-value litigation matters and also offers regulatory compliance advice to major clients. Clients say: "He's very involved with detail, which I like, and he's very open-minded in looking at different approaches. He also has good relationships and a good rapport with our regulators."

Senior statesman Lee DeHihns continues to advise clients on some of the most high-profile disputes in the state. One happy client says: "He's brilliant. He's got a memory that is beyond anything I've come into contact with."

Significant clients AMVAC Chemical, Cabot, Dow Chemical, Electrolux North America, Imerys North America.

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What the team is known for Noted for its work with energy sector clients, and for its particular expertise in water law and hydropower issues. Also acts for infrastructure operators. The Atlanta offering can also draw on additional resources from the firm's Birmingham, Alabama office.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understood the law and the nuances of it. I was very favorably impressed with them – they really handled it very well."

"A very well-qualified group: a deep bench of very personable attorneys who are always available."

Work highlights Advised Norfolk Southern Railway Company on permitting and regulatory issues connected with the development of the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility, a key part of the railway operator's Crescent Corridor expansion program.

Advised CLMG on potential environmental issues pertaining to foreclosed properties, including CERCLA and RCRA issues.

Notable practitioners  

Significant clients Georgia Power, South Florida Water Management District, Southern Company, Marshall Square, Certus Bank.

Band 3 | HunterMaclean

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What the team is known for This Savannah-based firm acts on a broad range of environment matters, with a particular focus on wetlands permitting and related issues. It also advises on transactional matters, including real estate development and brownfield site remediation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The environmental team as a whole has been exceptional. They have provided invaluable advice and guidance on the best way to evaluate and limit the risk associated with the environmental issues."

"Very responsive, knowledgeable and professional, and they've always provided informed and reasoned advice with an understanding of the business, not just the legal perspective."

Work highlights Advised The Roseview Group on wetlands permitting issues in connection with properties that had been foreclosed upon.

Represented McKenzie Tank Lines in litigation related to alleged soil and water contamination against Georgia Ports Authority.

Notable practitioners  

Highly regarded water lawyer Andrew Ernst advises on wetlands permitting and compliance matters, and is noted by peers for his work on coastal issues. He also acts on real estate developments. 

Significant clients CSX Realty, Westin Savannah Harbor Resort, Musket Bay Mitigation Bank, Sligh Environmental Consultants, CWT Savannah Holdings.

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What the team is known for The Atlanta office of this national environment practice offers a niche focus on oil and gas pipeline projects across the USA. It also offers environmental permitting and compliance advice for other energy infrastructure projects, including renewables projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They tend to come up with more creative ways to respond to regulatory agencies. They know pretty much everybody over there. As people move around there are new faces for us that they know, which is tremendous."

"They've been uniformly terrific. They're very responsive and have a lot of experience dealing with the regulatory agency. My clients like them as well and think they add value."

Notable practitioners  

Robert Hogfoss is "patient, analytical, a good observer, an effective advocate and pleasant to work with," clients say. Peers note the national scope of his pipeline practice.

"Excellent lawyer" Catherine Little is noted for her work in the oil and gas sector. She offers transactional and regulatory advice to operators of interstate pipelines. 

Significant clients Colonial Pipeline Company, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, PG&E, ExxonMobil, Chevron.

Band 3 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for The Atlanta office of this national environment practice is much recommended for its environmental due diligence on large corporate transactions, and is also noted for its regulatory compliance and environmental disputes work.

Notable practitioners  

Peers note Graham Holden's strong base of energy sector clients, including cooperatives. He stands out for his regulatory compliance advice, particularly with regard to CAA issues.

Peers praise Christine Morgan as "a great lawyer," adding: "She's very good, well liked and respected." She offers regulatory compliance and transactional advice, and also acts on site remediation matters.

Jack Grady is "a wealth of knowledge - very practical with solutions," say peers. He acts on litigation, transactional and regulatory matters.

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What the team is known for Frequently acts for municipal authorities on water issues, with particular focus on wastewater treatment matters. Also represents clients in CAA matters and regulatory challenges, and offers compliance advice to corporate clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's a substantial firm and they were responsive and good to work with."

"The services they offer are excellent value." 

Work highlights Advised Georgia Ports Authority on environmental impact issues pertaining to the Savannah Harbor Deepening Project, including its effect on endangered species, fish habitat and drinking water sources.

Acted on the development of a reservoir in a former quarry by the City of Atlanta.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Sheehan's clients say: "He is very efficient, knows environmental compliance counseling, has a good sense of client needs and cost-effective handling of matters, and is good in guiding clients with agencies." He acts on a range of environmental issues including site cleanup work, CAA and CWA matters, and regulatory challenges.

Susan Richardson focuses on advising municipal authorities on wastewater treatment issues. Clients praise her ability to "think pragmatically and practically," with one saying: "She was very knowledgeable in the area, understood the law and the regulation, helped me understand the workings of the EPA, and helped us with an appropriate compliance strategy."

Significant clients Nestlé USA, Rollins, City of Raleigh North Carolina, Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, City of Durham North Carolina, Allied Systems Holdings.

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What the team is known for Noted for water law, including the Tri-State Water Wars. Also acts on brownfield redevelopments and site remediation work. Active environment litigation practice, including work on Superfund sites.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very good firm - very solid."

Work highlights Represented Mason & Hanger in connection with the $50 million Crab Orchard Superfund site in Illinois, including government indemnity issues.

Represented High Point in a dispute with the National Park Service relating to water access to private land on Cumberland Island.

Notable practitioners  

Todd Silliman advises a range of clients on water law issues and is noted by peers for his work representing the State of Georgia in the Tri-State Water Wars. Clients say: "He's a very nice, personable lawyer who is very bright and very sharp on the subject matter. He's excellent on the CWA and Georgia coastal water protection laws, very knowledgeable and thorough, and he does an excellent job representing his clients with respect to those laws, both state and federal."

Significant clients Habasit Holding America, Pratt Industries, Bayer Material Science, Tim's Crane & Rigging, Landmark Properties.

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What the team is known for Recognized for its work on brownfield site remediation and redevelopment matters. Also offers general regulatory compliance advice and acts on litigation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's a very technical area of law that's heavily regulated and they do a fantastic job of making us aware of what the issues are. They give us really practical advice and are not really technical to the point where you're scratching your head and having to look up words after the call. They do a very good job of integrating it into our business model and risk profile."

"They have incredible relationships and a lot of credibility with a lot of the governmental regulators at EPA level and various state levels, which helps their clients."

Work highlights Acted on the cleanup and redevelopment of a 130-acre former automobile assembly plant near Atlanta airport for developer client Jacoby Developments.

Acted for Bank of America on the negotiation of a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement in South Carolina, a precedent-setting strategy relating to foreclosed property.

Notable practitioners  

Gerald Pouncey focuses on brownfield site work. One especially impressed client says: "Environment issues can be complicated, with a lot of technical issues. He really helps us translate into plain English so we can understand the risk and know what we're getting into. And he also gives you good advice that's not wishy-washy – he will provide clear recommendations on a path forward."

Heather Friedman primarily conducts environmental due diligence on major transactional matters. Clients say: "Heather's fantastic. She phrases issues in ways that allow us to make decisions. She does a really good job of framing the issues for us."

Significant clients MetLife Financial, Equity One, Regency Capital, Branch Capital Partners, The Home Depot.

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What the team is known for Frequently advises on environmental issues in major corporate and real estate transactions, particularly contaminated property deals. Focuses on Superfund cost recovery claim defense work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're good at staying levelheaded. They help keep me and my team calm as well, pushing through the issue and getting to a solution. They're really good at following things through."

"Extremely knowledgeable - they were very thorough in their assessments."

Work highlights Acted for TransMontaigne as part of a joint defense group of the potentially responsible parties on a $35 million Superfund site.

Advised on the $3.7 million site remediation of a manufacturing facility in Indiana for Hagerstown Land and its insurer XL Insurance, including soil and groundwater contamination issues.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Craig Pendergrast is "thorough, persistent and diligent in pursuing resolution to issues." He advises clients on transactional matters and is particularly noted for CERCLA work.

Peers say associate-to-watch Peyton Nunez is an "excellent attorney," and clients add that she is "very knowledgeable in the environment practice." She is singled out particularly for her expertise in transactional matters.

Significant clients Berry Plastics, Wellons Group, Atlanta Gas Light, Pristine Sun, Verdeo Sindicatum.

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Clients are quick to commend John Spinrad of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP for his knowledge on the science and technology side of environment issues. His clients include real estate developer Jamestown Properties and retailer Costco.

Leah Knowlton recently joined Ballard Spahr LLP from Miller & Martin, where her practice focused on the defense of Superfund cost recovery actions. She is noted for her CERCLA and RCRA work, with one market source adding: "She's an excellent environment practitioner, very client-oriented - she's all about the client."

At Bryan Cave LLP, Joan Sasine's clients include The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, which she recently advised on environmental issues at several brownfields remediation projects. She wins particular praise for her robust advocacy on behalf of clients.

Gordon Alphonso of McGuireWoods LLP is recommended for the national scope of his work and is singled out for his strengths in CAA issues. He also acts on CERCLA and RCRA matters.

David Moore recently joined Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP from Balch & Bingham LLP. Clients say that Moore "can unravel a complex issue such that everyone involved can understand, and leads to very satisfactory outcomes." His practice focuses mainly on water law, with particular expertise on hydropower issues.

Stephen O'Day of Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP gets a "big thumbs up" from peers, who describe him as "outstanding; very smart, very good at everything he does." He recently represented Alcoa in defeating a putative class action toxic tort claim.

Jimmy Kirkland of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP provides transactional environmental advice to major clients. Clients say: "He listens and guides you to decision-making. He is very bright, and if you're starting to do something stupid or wrong he'll guide you back with gentleness onto the right path. He doesn't just present information – he also helps you through the decision process to understand the pros and cons of your decision-making."

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