May 01, 2013

People on the Move

Steven T. Miano

Firm moves

Mark D. Christiansen has joined McAfee & Taft in the firm’s Oklahoma City office where he will be the co-practice group leader for the firm’s Energy and Oil & Gas Industry practice group. Christiansen is a past member of the Section Council, and is a past chair of both the Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee and the predecessor to what is currently titled as the Oil and Gas Committee of the Section.

Francis X. Lyons has joined the Environmental Group at Schiff Hardin as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Lyons counsels clients on issues related to project development, regulatory compliance, brownfields redevelopment, corporate investigations, environmental audits and due diligence, enforcement, litigation, and permitting. Before entering private practice, he served as regional administrator for the U.S. EPA Region 5 and as a trial attorney with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Alfred J. Malefatto has been elected a Shareholder of Lewis, Longman & Walker in the firm’s West Palm Beach office. Malefatto has been practicing environmental, land use, and administrative law in Florida since 1980. He represents developers, home builders, large and small businesses, and local governments in a variety of environmental permitting, enforcement and transactional matters, and land use proceedings. Previously, he practiced at Greenburg Traurig and served as the assistant general counsel at the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation.

Corporate moves

David Platt has been appointed Assistant General Counsel, Environmental, at United Technologies Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut. Platt supports UTC’s Environmental Health & Safety function on environmental remediation matters, acquisitions and divestitures, and regulatory compliance issues. Previously, he was with Murtha Cullina LLP, where he practiced in the firm’s environmental practice group.

Government moves

Nancye Bethurem has joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the division counsel in the Southwestern Division in Dallas. Previously, Bethurem was environmental, health & safety counsel in the Compliance Department of the Office of General Counsel at URS/Savannah River Remediation LLC. She is a vice chair of the Section’s In-House Counsel Committee.

Randy Hill has been appointed as a judge on U.S.EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) in Washington, D.C. The EAB is the final decision maker on administrative appeals under EPA’s major statutes. Hill has served as the acting director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management, deputy director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement, and assistant general counsel in the Water Law Office of the Office of General Counsel. He has received two EPA Gold Medals and one EPA Silver Medal. He is a contributing author on the second and third editions of the American Bar Association’s The Clean Water Act Handbook and is a member of the Section’s Book Publishing Board.

This and that

Lee A. DeHihns, III was awarded the State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section 2012 Award for Service to the Profession of Environmental Law. DeHihns is senior counsel in Alston & Bird LLP’s Environmental & Land Development Group and co-chair of the group’s Climate & Sustainability Team in the firm’s Atlanta office. Before entering private practice, he served as deputy regional administrator of U.S. EPA Region 4 and associate general counsel of U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. He is a former Section chair and currently serves as a Section delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

George Wyeth is currently serving as a Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Fellow in Pune, India, where he is documenting the business case for sustainable manufacturing in the Indian economy. Wyeth has had a long career with the U.S. EPA and served as director of the Integrated Environmental Strategies Division, the director of Policy and Program Change, and in the Office of General Counsel. He is a former Section Council member and a former committee chair.

Steven T. Miano


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