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Sean T. Dixon
New York, NY
Sean Dixon is a Staff Attorney at Riverkeeper, focusing on New York City and regional energy issues within the Hudson River Program. Sean’s caseload ranges from stormwater control and habitat protection to fossil fuel advocacy, climate change resiliency, superfund, and citizen suit Clean Water Act enforcement. Sean received his J.D. and LL.M. from Pace Law School, where he studied environmental and climate change law. He also earned a Masters of Environmental Management in coastal ecology and climate science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in marine biology and geology at Boston University’s Marine Program. Before joining Riverkeeper, Sean has worked as a coastal and ocean attorney with Clean Ocean Action, as a fisheries observer Alaskan fisheries, as a Lecturer on coastal zone resource management at Yale University, and held legal internships at NRDC, Oceana, and Trustees for Alaska.
In addition to sitting on the ABA SEER Section Council, Sean is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School and Clarkson University. Sean is also the Co-Founder of Village Fishmonger NYC, a local, responsibly-harvested seafood company in New York City, and Co-Creator of Sustainable Seafood Week, an annual national seafood educational and innovation event series.
James F. McDonald
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6
James McDonald is the Assistant Regional Administrator for Management and Director, Management Division, EPA Region VI, Dallas, TX. Mr. McDonald began his career at EPA as an Environmental Protection Specialist in 1992 in EPA’s Office of Pollution, Prevention, and Toxics Substances. For the past two years, McDonald has served as the Director in the Office of Environmental Information’s Planning, Resources and Outreach (OPRO). Additionally, he served as the Chief of Staff to Assistant Administrator and Chief Information Officer.
Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff, he served as the Director, Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ), Office of the Administrator, where he led and managed ALJ’s administrative, management and policy functions. Mr. McDonald also has extensive experience with congressional and legislative issues having worked in EPA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations and as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee of the 18th Congressional District of Texas. His program and regulatory experience includes serving in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance for many years.
McDonald is a native of Mendenhall, Mississippi where he attended Alcorn State University earning a Bachelor degree in Political Science. He went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University. He also holds a law degree from the University of Florida.
Steven C. Sarno
Steve Sarno is environmental corporate counsel for Amazon Web Services, where he focuses on global data center compliance. Prior to joining Amazon, Steve was an associate in the San Francisco office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where he focused on environmental compliance and litigation, products regulation, and contaminated properties. Prior to joining the firm, he was a staff attorney to the Administrative Law Judges assigned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Steve earned his J.D. from Pace Law School and his Masters in Environmental Policy from Bard College. During law school, he interned with the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, the Pace Land Use Law Clinic, and EPA Region 2 in New York City. Steve received his B.A. in Environmental Policy from Colby College. He is a member of the New York, Connecticut, California, and Washington state bars (because you can never have too many bar admissions).
Legal and Philanthropic Advisor
Deborah K. Tellier has over 25 years of experience counseling businesses and industry clients with an emphasis on hazardous waste, hazardous substances, and water quality laws and regulations. She advises clients on conducting and evaluating environmental due diligence investigations in connection with the acquisition, leasing and financing of real property. She counsels domestic and international clients on establishing and monitoring environmental management systems, audits and sustainability programs.
Deborah also advises charitable organizations and private foundations on day-to-day operational, grantmaking and governance issues. She counsels tax-exempt organizations on issues of formation, advocacy, fiscal sponsorships, PRIs, and other charitable activities.
Ms. Tellier frequently lectures, teaches and writes on a variety of environmental law and philanthropic topics at institutions of higher learning and industry conferences, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Environmental Law. She serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Environmental Law Institute, California Alliance with Family Farmers, and Maya Center for Rural Education and Well-Being whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to young girls in rural Guatemala.
Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service
Linda Tsang is a Legislative Attorney with the Congressional Research Service for the Library of Congress. She provides objective legal analysis related to environmental, energy, and constitutional law for members of Congress and their staff. Most recently, Ms. Tsang was the Director of Climate and Air Quality at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Prior to joining AF&PA, she was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., focused on Clean Air Act and greenhouse gas regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Ms. Tsang was an environmental engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Region 1 where she worked to implement regulations under the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments. Prior to the EPA, she was a project manager for Environmental Defense Fund, engaging leading companies from a variety of industry sectors in corporate partnerships to improve environmental performance through product, packaging, and process innovations.
She earned her J.D. from Vermont Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States, Massachusetts State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Norman A. Dupont
Ring Bender LLLP
Norman A. Dupont is a partner at Ring Bender, where he practices environmental law including litigation and counseling matters. Norm’s practice includes litigation in the areas of CERCLA, the California state Superfund law (the HSAA), and a variety of cases involving environmental contamination of soil, water, groundwater, or air. He represents both public and private clients before California state and federal environmental agencies.
Norm has moderated and coordinated SEER programs on a number of issues. He moderated the 2016 SEER Spring panel on Cybersecurity & Terrorism, and moderated, a plenary session panel on Supreme Court case at the Spring 2014 meeting. Norm currently serves on the planning committee for the SEER Spring 2017 conference in Los Angeles. He has written articles in the Section publication Trends, including a review of Supreme Court decisions in the September/October 2012 issue. .Norm served as a co-chair of the Constitutional Law committee and also formerly chaired of the Section’s Science and Technology Committee.
Norm received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center where he graduated magna cum laude. He received a degree in history with distinction from Stanford University. Following law school he clerked for the Honorable Oscar H. Davis of the then U.S. Court of Claims (now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit).
Susan Margaret Floyd
Jones Walker LLP
Susan Margaret Floyd is special counsel in Jones Walker LLP’s Real Estate Practice Group as a member of the Environmental team. Floyd focuses her law practice on environmental law, especially in the areas of permitting, enforcement and compliance. She advises clients on issues related to regulatory requirements under state and federal law. Floyd's experience includes matters related to natural resource damage assessment under the Oil Pollution Act, regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA and TSCA, including issues associated with citizen suits, and recent initiatives by state and federal agencies, especially in the area of environmental justice.
An active member of the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Floyd served as Program Chair for the 2016 Spring Conference held in Austin, Texas. She has also served as Chair of the Special Committee on Law Students and the Special Committee on State and Local Bar Cooperation. Currently, Floyd is the Chair of the Section on National Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the Mississippi Bar Association. She was recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Environment as an "Associate to Watch" in 2014 and a "Star Associate" in 2015 and 2016. Floyd was also named a "Rising Star" in the area of Environmental Law in the Mid-South Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2013) and recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of "Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women for 2014.
Floyd received her undergraduate degree at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, her Masters of Education in Gifted Studies at Mississippi University for Women, and her Juris Doctorate degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
Roger Martella, Jr.
Roger Martella is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Sidley Austin LLP. He rejoined Sidley Austin LLP after serving as the General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, concluding 10 years of litigating and handling complex environmental and natural resource matters at the Department of Justice and EPA. The 2014, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers recognized Mr. Martella as the environmental lawyer of the year worldwide.
Mr. Martella’s practice focuses on three primary areas. First, Mr. Martella advises companies on developing strategic approaches to achieve their goals in light of rapidly developing demands to address climate change, promote sustainability, and utilize clean energy. Second, Mr. Martella handles a broad range of environmental and natural resource litigation and mediation. Third, Mr. Martella advises multinational companies on compliance with environmental laws in the United States, China, the European Union, and other nations.
Mr. Martella graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and Cornell University, where he studied environmental science. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. David M. Ebel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Channing J. Martin
Channing J. Martin is Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Group at Williams Mullen in its Richmond, Virginia office. He has practiced environmental law for more than 35 years, and he regularly represents clients, including manufacturers, electric utilities, foundries, petroleum companies and trade associations, in connection with permitting, compliance and enforcement matters before regulatory agencies and in federal and state court.
Within the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Channing has served as Budget Officer, Membership Officer, Chair of the 2010 Fall Meeting, and Editor-in-Chief of Trends (the Section’s bi-monthly publication). He is now chair of the Content Coordination and Convergence Committee. He is past Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Environmental Law Section, and founder and past Chair of the Richmond Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.
Channing is listed in Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Virginia Super Lawyers, Virginia’s Legal Elite and The Best Lawyers in America. He is author of numerous articles and chapters in national publications, including the Virginia chapters of Brownfields Law and Practice (LEXIS Publishing) and Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites (ABA Publishing).
Active in civic affairs, Channing is Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of United Way of Richmond & Greater Petersburg and previously was Chair of the Greater Richmond United Way Campaign.
Channing received his B.S. in 1975 and his J.D. in 1979 from Washington & Lee University. He was a clerk to the Honorable A. Christian Compton of the Supreme Court of Virginia. In his spare time, he likes to sail.
Angela R. Morrison
Angela Morrison is the founder of Morrison Environmental, located in Tallahassee, Florida. She has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and administrative law, with a special emphasis on air quality, climate change, and energy issues. Angela has represented a wide variety of clients from different industry sectors, including utilities, cement, chemical, steel, alternative and renewable fuels, boats/ships, phosphate fertilizer, natural gas distribution, pharmaceuticals, developers, ports/marinas, and municipal governments. Much of her experience is with the electric utility industry and the siting of power plants, which involves energy and climate change policies, numerous environmental regulations, and natural resource and land use considerations. She routinely assists her clients with identifying applicable regulations and counsels them on reporting, licensing, permitting, compliance, and enforcement defense strategies. When appropriate, she advocates on their behalf through rulemakings, legislative efforts, administrative hearings, and settlement negotiations at the local, state, and federal levels.
Angela served as the editor-in-chief for Trends, the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources newsletter, from 2013-2015 and had been on the editorial board since 2009. She is the past-chair of the Section’s Air Quality Committee. She also served as chair and vice chair of several of the Section’s Fall Conference Planning Committees (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014). Angela regularly speaks at environmental conferences in Florida and also at the national level on a variety of subjects involving energy facilities, renewable energy projects, alternative fuels, waste characterizations, climate change, and air quality-related topics. She graduated with high distinction from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1990.
Cole Schotz P.C
Richard Ericsson, Chair of the Environmental Law Department at Cole Schotz P.C., has been counseling clients nationwide about the impact of environmental laws on business for over 30 years. The breadth of Richard’s extensive experience includes addressing significant environmental issues which arise in business transactions, negotiating environmental liability agreements with governmental agencies, drafting innovative environmental insurance policies and overseeing complex cleanups of contamination.
Richard has served as Chair and Vice Chair of SEER’s Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee, Chair of SEER programing at the ABA annual mid-summer meeting and Chair of the SEER Special Committee on Marketing.
Richard is a frequent public speaker, regularly presenting at continuing education conferences. He is ranked in Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as well as New Jersey Super Lawyers. Richard received his Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and his JD from Vermont Law School, and served as Clerk to the Honorable Alan Rockoff and the Honorable Joseph Bradshaw of the New Jersey Superior Court.
Pamela K. Elkow
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Pamela Elkow is a partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP in their Stamford office. She has 25 years of experience representing clients in remediating or redeveloping brownfields; purchasing or selling businesses or real estate with significant environmental liabilities or challenges; obtaining permits; providing environmental, health, and safety compliance counseling; and responding to governmental enforcement. Her clients include large companies engaged in the remediation of legacy properties, portfolio companies in the business of acquiring and remediating contaminated property for investment or resale, and municipalities engaged in redevelopment efforts.
Pamela is a former chair of the Section’s Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee and a frequent lecturer and writer on environmental issues for audiences such as developers, environmental consultants, and other lawyers. She is also on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Business Council of Fairfield County.
Stephen J. Humes
Holland & Knight LLP
New York, NY
Stephen J. Humes is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and practices environmental, energy, public utility and infrastructure law. He has substantial experience advising clients on renewable energy project finance and development, especially grid scale and net metered solar photovoltaics. For decades, he has advised clients on energy regulatory and environmental issues, including those associated with conventional and renewable power plant development, cogeneration, liquefied natural gas and pipeline facilities, geothermal and other utility facility siting matters. His energy-related environmental experience includes advising on environmental justice and climate change issues. Mr. Humes guides clients through state and federal administrative proceedings, including advancing rate cases in administrative litigation and defending clients in enforcement actions. He also counsels clients on a full range of state and federal environmental compliance and enforcement matters and handles energy and environmental issues effectively in corporate M&A transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of power plants.
Christine Y. LeBel
MA Dept. of Environmental Protection
Christine LeBel is Chief Regional Counsel in the Western Regional Office of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In that capacity, she oversees legal matters coming before the office in all areas, including air, solid waste, hazardous waste, wastewater, drinking water, and wetlands. She previously worked in private practice for litigation firms in California and Massachusetts on a variety of matters, including significant asbestos claims litigation.
Christine has been involved with the ABA for most of her career, serving in numerous capacities, more recently as Executive Editor of the Section’s Natural Resources & Environment magazine and as a Co-Chair on the Section’s Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee.
Christine obtained her bachelor of arts degree from Smith College, followed by a law degree and concurrent masters degree (in environmental law), cum laude, from Vermont Law School. She is admitted in Massachusetts and California.