THE FIRM King & Spalding is undoubtedly one of the outstanding firms in the Georgia marketplace, and has a strong and well-regarded environmental group. Commentators are continually impressed by the quality, thoroughness and professionalism of the firm's attorneys, who have the expertise to handle the full range of issues in this sector. The team is known for its excellent litigation work, and can also handle highly specialized matters involving brownfield redevelopment, wetlands, the Clean Air Act (CAA) and many other regulatory issues. The firm is heavily involved in the ongoing 'water wars', representing the City of Atlanta and other local governments in the arguments over water resources across the Southeastern USA.
Sources say: "They are really smart people; good at understanding the issues, analyzing strategy, focusing on the heart of the matter and producing relevant arguments."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Patricia Barmeyer is a star performer in this sector, and is highly praised across the board for her expertise and insight. Clients say she is "calm and deliberate; a great speaker who is good at explaining things to lay people." She remains an excellent choice of counsel on matters concerning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Clients find Lewis Jones very easy to get along with, and admire his grasp of the complexities of water law. They say he is "great technically and analytically - he does a lot of the strategic thinking, looks at the meat of the issues and figures out what we need to do."
Leslie Oakes is a "personable, engaging and detail-oriented" attorney who uses his engineering background to good effect in handling technically complex issues.
Amelia Magee is another Superfund expert, and recently worked on the cleanup of the Alternate Energy Resources site in Augusta, a project with a total cost of $7.3 million.
Since publication, Adam Sowatzka has joined the team from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. He has a wealth of experience in environmental work, and prior to entering private practice was at the EPA. He "works hard to understand our business so that his advice takes into account our specific situation," notes one satisfied client.