J. Wayne Cropp recently joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as counsel and is a member of the firm’s corporate mergers and acquisitions group. Cropp is a past chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association and was president of the National Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials in the days of Anne Gorsuch at US EPA.
Jane Fedder has been promoted to vice chair of the environmental practice group of Polsinelli, PC, in St. Louis.
Jason Gellman has joined as counsel the natural resources group of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., in Phoenix. Gellman’s practice is mainly focused on energy and public utilities law and regulation. He is the Social Media vice chair for the Section’s Energy Infrastructure and Siting Committee.
Thomas D. Goslin has been promoted to counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, in Washington, D.C. Goslin’s practice focuses on a wide range of environmental, energy, and other regulatory concerns in the context of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financing transactions, infrastructure projects, and corporate restructurings. He is the Publications vice chair of the Section’s Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee.
Kevin Klesh has joined Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., as associate counsel in the company’s environmental law group. Klesh was formerly with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He is the former chair of Section’s Environmental Disclosure Committee and continues to serve as the Sustainability vice chair of the committee.
Adena Leibman has become the Plastics Initiative Manager for Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. Leibman most recently was a staff attorney with the Ocean Conservancy in Portland, Oregon. She was chair of the ABA Law Student Division in 2012–2013. Leibman is currently a Committee Newsletters vice chair of the Section’s Marine Resources Committee.
Matthew A. (“Matt”) Paque has joined McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City. Paque’s practice includes environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, enforcement defense, environmental issues in complex transactional matters, and tort litigation. Before joining McAfee & Taft he was assistant general counsel for Tronox Limited, a publicly traded global mining and manufacturing company.
Sandra L. (“Sandy”) Schubert has joined Somach Simons & Dunn in Sacramento, California. Most recently, Schubert was undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and served as counsel to the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. As undersecretary, she worked with the undersecretaries of the California Department of Natural Resources and the California EPA to draft the California Water Action Plan.
Edna Sussman of SussmanADR LLC in New York City was recently appointed president of the College of Commercial Arbitrators for 2014–2015. She will also serve another term as vice-chair of the New York International Arbitration Center and as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Arbitration Association.
Gretchen Zmitrovich has joined the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a senior attorney in Jackson, Mississippi. Zmitrovich was formerly with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Jackson.