Jerry George has joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in the firm’s San Francisco office. George’s practice focuses on litigating complex environmental cases under CERCLA and the Clean Water Act. He was previously with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Before entering private practice, George was a senior lawyer in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a vice chair of the Section’s Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee.
Matt Low has established a new firm, Matt Low & Associates, LLC, through which he is offering arbitration, mediation, settlement counseling, and other alternative dispute resolution services in matters involving environmental claims, CERCLA cost allocation, NCP compliance, RCRA, and contract disputes.
Kathryn B. Rossmell has joined Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in the firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida office as an associate. Rossmell’s practice includes land use, environmental, and natural resources law. She represents public and private clients on natural resources permitting issues and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance issues, and practices civil litigation for public and private clients.
Robin Craig, a professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, has been named the William H. Leary Professor of Law and also an affiliate of the University of Utah’s Global Climate and Sustainability Center. Craig’s areas of professional expertise include environmental law, ocean and coastal law, administrative law, water law, and toxic torts. She has served on three National Research Council committees on the Clean Water Act and the Mississippi River. Craig is a member of the Section’s Council and the planning committee for the 31st Annual Water Law Conference.
James McDonald has been appointed the new Assistant Regional Administrator for Management and Director, Management Division, at EPA Region 6 in Dallas. Prior to this appointment, McDonald has served EPA for over a decade across multiple programs. For the past two years, he has served as the Director of the Office of Environmental Information’s Planning, Resources and Outreach (OPRO). McDonald is a vice chair of the Section’s Special Committee on Section, Division, and Forum Coordination and a mentor in the Leadership Development Program. He is a former Section Council member.
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William Penny, a partner in the Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Service Group at Stites & Harbison PPLC in Nashville, was recently honored by the Tennessee General Assembly with a Senate Joint Resolution congratulating him as he assumes his responsibilities as incoming chair of the Section in August 2013. The Resolution recognizes Penny for his skills as an environmental lawyer, including his service to the Tennessee as the first chief counsel to the Department of Environment and Conservation in 1990.