November 01, 2014

People on the Move

James R. Arnold

Brandon Barnes has jointed Bloomberg Intelligence as a Senior Litigation Analyst – Energy Sector in Washington, D.C. Barnes is currently co-chair of the Section’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He has previously served as Section liaison to the ABA Young Lawyers Division, vice chair of the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right to Know Committee, and vice chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee.

Patrick R. Jacobi has joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Defense Section, as a trial attorney in Washington, D.C. Jacobi formerly was an associate at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, D.C. He is a co-chair of the Section’s Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee in a personal capacity.

Zachary A. (Zak) Kearns has joined Marten Law PLLC in its Portland, Oregon office. Kearns’ practice focuses on environmental and natural resources litigation, energy, and environmental permitting and compliance. He works on cases arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and other federal and state environmental laws. 

Steve McKinney has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Environmental Law. McKinney is a member of Balch and Bingham LLP, Birmingham, Alabama. His practice includes the regular representation of private companies and coalitions in environmental permitting, environmental aspects of corporate projects and transactions, and environmental compliance.  McKinney represents clients in complex environmental litigation matters under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Superfund. He is a former chair of the Section (2010–2011) and served for many years in leadership, particularly in the Publications Service Group.

Leslie Wong recently joined Environmental Resources Management, Inc. as an Air Quality and Climate Change partner in Houston. Wong was most recently the Oil and Gas Regulatory and Sustainability director of Golder Associates, Inc., also in Houston. She is a member of the Trends editorial board.

James R. Arnold


Jim Arnold is the principal in The Arnold Law Practice in San Francisco and is a contributing editor to Trends