Richard Ericsson has joined Cole, Schotz, Forman, Meisel & Leonard as the chair of the Environmental Department. Ericsson is based in the firm’s Hackensack, New Jersey office. Ericsson’s practice focuses on counseling clients with respect to environmental issues in corporate and property transactions and financings, the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, the defense of enforcement actions, and air and water regulatory compliance. He is a former chair the Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee and currently serves as one of its vice chairs.
Joseph G. Maternowski recently joined Hessian & McKasy, P.A. in Minneapolis, where his practice will focus on environmental issues that arise in real estate and business transactions, permitting and enforcement actions before federal and state agencies, and litigation. Previously Maternowski was with Moss & Barnett and the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. He has served as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Section.
Jessica R. O’Neill recently joined Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in the firm’s Philadelphia office. O’Neill’s practice focuses on environmental law and litigation for a variety of clients. She is also an adjunct professor for the Trial Advocacy Team at the Temple University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, O’Neill served as an assistant regional counsel for the U.S. EPA, Region 3 and as counsel to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Jeffrey A. Smith has joined Crowell & Moring’s New York office, as a partner in the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources and Corporate groups. Smith will counsel clients on emerging environmental and energy issues arising in corporate and transactional matters, and will also advise lenders, real estate developers and investors, and international companies on environmental issues related to financings and private equity transactions. He was previously with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he was a partner and headed the firm’s environmental law group, as well as the former managing partner of Administration. Smith is a former chair of the Special Committee on Environmental Disclosure.
Catherine Mitchell Wieman has been appointed a deputy attorney general in the Environment Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. The section is responsible for prosecuting environmental enforcement actions involving a wide range of environmental protection and public health laws. Previously, Wieman was a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Alston & Bird LLP. She is a member of the Book Publishing Board, a co-chair of the Strategic Response Committee, and a mentor in the Leadership Development Program.
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Larry D. Silver was elected to the board of Trustees of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a non-profit organization spearheading the development of the East Coast Greenway—an urban trail system between Maine and Florida. He is a partner at Langsam Stevens & Silver LLP, where his practice focuses on environmental law.
Walter L. Sutton recently was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award by the Dallas Bar Association. Sutton is currently associate general counsel for Legal Administration & External Relations at Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas.
He has had a distinguished career in industry, private practice, academia, and government. Sutton was a lawyer at Ford, Tenneco Oil, and Texas Instruments. Under the Clinton administration he served as the associate administrator for Policy for the Federal Highway Administration and then as deputy Federal Highway administrator. After leaving government, he was chief of staff/special assistant to the president of the University of Texas at Dallas. Sutton is a former Section budget officer.