May 01, 2014

People on the Move

Jim Arnold

Firm moves

Sid Ansbacher recently returned to Upchurch Bailey & Upchurch in St. Augustine, Florida, where he will practice environmental, land use, and education law. Ansbacher was previously with Gray-Robinson, PA in Jacksonville, Florida. He is chair of the Section’s Constitutional Law Committee.

Brent Fewell has joined Troutman Sanders LLP in Washington, DC. At his new firm, Fewell will assist companies with compliance assurance and emerging water quality markets. He was previously with United Water, Inc., a subsidiary of Suez Environment, an international waste and water company.

Keith Hopson has joined Husch Blackwell LLP upon the merger with Brown McCarroll, in Austin, Texas. Hopson represents clients in matters involving commercial waste management, waste reclamation, chemical distribution, petrochemical, and primary and secondary metals and in the areas of semiconductors, consumer products, metal plating, aerospace, paper, electric power generation, and cement production. He was also recently named a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Hopson is a member of the Section’s Education Service Group.

Susan F. King has joined Jones Walker in Jackson, Mississippi, after leaving Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes, PLLC. King focuses her practice on environmental law, especially in the areas of permitting, enforcement, and compliance. She advises clients on issues related to regulatory requirements under state and federal law. King is the chair of the Section’s 2016 Spring Conference and the Special Committee on Law Students and is co-chair of the Special Committee on State Bar Cooperation.

Angela Morrison has opened her own firm, Morrison Environmental Law, where she focuses her practice on air quality, climate change, and energy facilities siting issues for a wide range of utility, phosphate, cement, and other industrial and manufacturing clients. She was formerly a partner with Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee, Florida. Morrison is editor-in-chief of the Section’s newsletter Trends, as well as a local advisor to the 2014 Fall Conference in Miami. She chaired the 2012 Fall Conference in Austin, Texas, and is a past chair of the Air Quality Committee.

Mary Ellen Ternes recently joined Crowe & Dunlevy as a director in the firm’s Oklahoma City office, moving from McAfee & Taft. Ternes represents and counsels clients, especially on air quality and hazardous waste issues, including environmental permitting, compliance strategies, enforcement defense, environmental assessments, voluntary cleanup practices, and environmental impact statements. She is chair of the Section’s Special Committee on The Year in Review and the vice chair for programs of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee.

Government moves

Nancye Bethurem has been appointed Southwestern Division Counsel/Assistant Chief Counsel at the Southwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Dallas. As the Division Counsel, Bethurem will be responsible for providing all legal services required to execute the Southwestern Division’s military construction and civil works program in seven states, including 2.3 million acres of public land and water for a $2.6 billion program. Prior to this appointment, she was Senior Counsel, Compliance Law Department, with Savannah River Remediation LLC (a URS corporate affiliate) in Aiken, South Carolina. Bethurem is the electronic communications vice chair for the Section’s Water Resources Committee.

This and that

Alexandra “Alex” Dapolito Dunn has been appointed the executive director and general counsel of The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national nonprofit, nonpartisan association of state and territorial environmental commissioners in Washington, DC. Dunn works on water quality and water quantity issues, contaminated site cleanup and redevelopment, air quality, facility siting and permitting, pesticide management, climate adaptation and mitigation, and environmental justice. She most recently served as the executive director and general counsel of the Association Clean Water Administrators (ACWA). She is the immediate past chair of the Section.

Benjamin F. Wilson has been awarded the Spirit of Excellence award by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Wilson is the managing principal of Beveridge & Diamond PC, residing in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. His practice focuses on environmental litigation matters.

Jim Arnold


Jim Arnold is the principal in The Arnold Law Practice in San Francisco and is a contributing editor to Trends. Information about Section members’ moves and activities can be sent to his attention.