July 01, 2013

People on the Move

Steven T. Miano

Editor’s Note: After many years of service as contributing editor for this column, Steve Miano will assume the position of Section chair-elect in August. Jim Arnold, a long-time Section member and attorney practicing in San Francisco, will become the contributing editor for People on the Move beginning with the September/October 2013 issue. We thank Steve and congratulate him on his new position, and welcome Jim.

Firm moves

Sara Marquis Burgin recently joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP as a partner in its Austin, Texas office. Burgin provides counsel on a breadth of water-quality issues for clients in industry, business, and government. She was previously with Baker Botts LLP. Burgin is a former Section Council member.

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.

Academic moves

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.

Government moves

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.

This and that

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.

Steven T. Miano

Steven T. Miano is a shareholder at Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia. He is a contributing editor to Trends.