Council

2017-2018

Executive Committee

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Council Members

Terms Ending Year 2018

Norm DupontNorman A. Dupont
Ring Bender LLP
Costa Mesa, CA

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 participated in  SEER programs and publications  on a number of issues.  He leads the Special Committee on the web board for SEER, and serves on the  Spring 2018 planning conference. Norm 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 also served on the planning committee for the SEER Spring 2017 conference in Los Angeles.  He was previously editor-in-chief for  the Section publication Trends, and has contributed a number of articles, 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 FloydSusan Margaret Floyd
Entergy Services, Inc.
Jackson, MS

Susan Margaret Floyd is a senior (environmental) counsel at Entergy Services, Inc. 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. At the state level, Floyd has served as 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, Jr.
General Electric
Boston, MA

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 MartinChanning J. Martin
Williams Mullen
Richmond, VA

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. MorrisonAngela R. Morrison
Tallahassee, FL

Angela Morrison is the founder of Morrison Law, located in Tallahassee, Florida. She has more than 27 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.


Terms Ending Year 2019

Richard EricssonRichard Ericsson
Cole Schotz P.C
Hackensack, NJ

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. ElkowPamela K. Elkow
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Stamford, CT

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. HumesStephen 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. LeBelChristine Y. LeBel
MA Dept. of Environmental Protection
Springfield, MA

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.


David Scott JohnsonDavid Scott Johnson
Central Arizona Project
Phoenix, AZ

David Johnson is Senior Attorney for the Central Arizona Project, which is a Reclamation water project that delivers Colorado River water from through a 336-mile long system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plants, and pipelines and is the largest single resource of renewable water supplies in the state of Arizona. In his role at CAP, David advises the office of the General Manager on Colorado River issues, Indian water rights, and environmental and natural resources issues. Prior to CAP, David worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resouces, the agency tasked with managing Arizona’s long-term water supplies, and in private practice where he represented mining interests, tribal entities, and water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Aside from his involvement with the ABA, David serves as the chair-elect of the Arizona State Bar’s Energy and Natural Resources committee.  David received an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Pace University in 2006, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 2004, and a B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University in 2001.


Terms Ending Year 2020

Peter Joseph Gioello, Jr.Peter Joseph Gioello, Jr.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
New York, NY

Peter Gioello joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York City in 2008 as an associate and currently works in the environmental group.  He focuses his practice on identifying environmental, health, safety and social responsibility risks to investment bankers in a variety of corporate transactions, including M&A transactions, acquisition financing, bank agreements and debt offerings.   He also advises on the respective transaction agreements.  Peter has been recognized by Chambers USA as an Associate to Watch.

Peter became an active member of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (“SEER”) soon after graduating law school.  He has held multiple vice-chair positions with the Environmental Disclosure Committee and just completed his two year term as committee chair.  He was also a member of SEER’s 2015-2016 Leadership Development Program.  He also moderated a panel on environmental and social considerations in corporate transactions at the SEER fall conference in October 2016.  In addition, he serves as SEER liaisons both to the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (“SOGI”) and the National LGBT Bar Association.

On a more local level, Peter is on the New York City Chapter Board of the New York League of Conservation Voters and serves on the Young Professionals Committee.  Peter graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a J.D. in 2008 and from Drew University in 2005 with a B.A. in French Studies.   Peter currently lives with his husband, Brendan, in South Orange, NJ and is active with local LGBT organizations and politics and recently helped to organize a special ceremony for transgender individuals impacted by recent White House decisions regarding the military.


Ignacia S. MorenoIgnacia S. Moreno
The iMoreno Group, PLC
McLean, VA

Ignacia S. Moreno has practiced environmental and natural resources law for 27 years; currently Chief Executive Officer and a founding Principal of The iMoreno Group, PLC, where she provides legal services and strategic counseling on environmental and natural resources matters; served as Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (2009 to 2013) and was recognized for her outstanding service, including her leadership of the Division’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; former Counsel for the Northeast/Midwest Regions and International at the General Electric Company; practiced at two prominent Washington, D.C. law firms, including as a partner; served at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division for seven years during the Clinton Administration; appointed in 2016 by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve a four-year term on the State Air Pollution Control Board; elected in 2016 as a Fellow of the America Bar Foundation; serves on the National Board of Directors of the Trust for Public Land; serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law and as Chair of the Litigation Committee; serves on the Board of Directors of Green 2.0; and serves on the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Council and served as Chair of the SEER Special Committee on State Bar Coordination and Engagement; served pro bono as General Counsel to the Hispanic National Bar Association and on the boards of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Center for International Environmental Law; former President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia; named one of the Top 100 Green Leaders in the United States by PODER Hispanic Magazine and one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine; earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1986, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1990; born in Cartagena, Colombia, grew up in New York City, and lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and teenage son.


Margaret E. PelosoMargaret E. Peloso
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Washington, DC

Maggie Peloso is a counsel with Vinson & Elkins environmental group in Washington, DC. Her practice focuses on climate change, air, and technical issues related to CERCLA and toxic tort litigation. Prior to joining V&E, Maggie completed her PhD at Duke University, where her dissertation focused on legal and policy issues associated with adaptation to sea level rise. Maggie received her JD from Stanford Law School in 2009, her MEM (Masters of Environmental Management) from Duke University in 2006 and her BS in Marine Biology from Duke in 2005.


Lauren M. SturmLauren M. Sturm
Tennessee Dept. of Environment & Conservation
Nashville, TN

Lauran M. Sturm is Assistant General Counsel with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, where she specializes in air, waste, and public records matters. Before joining state government, Lauran was an associate with Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky, and an associate and partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP in Nashville. Lauran has been actively involved in the Section since 2008 and currently serves as Chair of the Section’s Special Committee on Newsletters and as a Programs Vice Chair for the Air Quality Committee. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

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