November 01, 2012

People on the Move

Steven T. Miano

Firm moves

William T. Gorton III was recently named chair of Stites & Harbison’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Service Group. Gorton is a partner in the firm’s Lexington, Kentucky office. His practice focuses on advising clients on compliance issues and assessing and mitigating risks related to natural resource, environmental regulatory and land and water resources issues. Gorton is chair of the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeways Commission, a trustee to the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches Environmental Law and Regulation.

Jeremy N. Jungreis recently joined Rutan & Tucker, LLP as senior counsel in the Government & Regulatory Section, in the firm’s Costa Mesa, California office. Jungreis’s practice includes assisting clients in environmental compliance and litigation, land use/natural resource strategies, water rights, water supply development projects, public agency law, utility law, strategic planning/coalition building, and governmental relations at the state, regional, and local levels. Prior to joining the firm, he directed the Department of Defense’s most complex water treatment system. Before that, he was of counsel in the Land Use and Water Practice Groups at Nossaman LLP in Irvine, California and was a senior Marine officer. Jungreis is the co-chair of Section’s Water Quality and Wetlands Committee. He also chairs the DOD Region IX Water Policy Forum.

Thaddeus R. Lightfoot recently joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Minneapolis office as a partner in the firm’s Regulatory Affairs Group. Lightfoot will continue his environmental, energy and natural resources practice representing corporate clients, governmental units, and other public entities. He is a former trial attorney with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was a legislative assistant for energy and environmental issues to Representative Thomas S. Foley, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Clara Poffenberger, former counsel, Environmental and Safety Law for ExxonMobil Corporation, recently joined Bingham McCutchen LLP’s Environmental, Land Use, and Natural Resources Practice Group as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Poffenberger will continue to focus on national Clean Air Act and climate change issues. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, she was counsel with the Environmental Group at Baker Botts, LLP and an attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked in EPA’s Air Office.

David Rieser recently joined the Chicago-based law firm Much Shelist as special counsel in the Real Estate practice group. Rieser counsels clients in matters involving environmental law, including legislative, regulatory, compliance, and law enforcement matters, as well as corporate, commercial, and real estate transactions. He regularly advises Fortune 100s, midsize companies, trade associations, and industry groups. Rieser’s clients include power generation, chemicals, petroleum, steel, railways, food and consumer products, financial services, waste management, and insurance clients. Prior to joining Much Shelist, he was a partner at McGuire Woods in Chicago.

Steven T. Miano


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