May 01, 2017

People on the Move

James R. Arnold

Adam Baas has joined DLA Piper LLP as counsel in its San Francisco office. Baas’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, enforcement actions, regulatory compliance, corporate successor liability, and transactions involving environmentally impacted properties and assets. He has experience in a wide range of environmental and successor liability matters and has been lead counsel in representing corporate clients in complex litigation matters, including cost recovery actions, enforcement defense, natural resource damage claims, toxic torts, alter ego claims, and parent/subsidiary successor liability actions. In particular, Baas has extensive experience in the oil and gas and pharmaceutical industries and has advised clients in these industries for over a decade on myriad environmental issues.

After 37 years, Keith Hopson has a new telephone number. Hopson has moved his practice to DuBois Bryant & Campbell from Husch Blackwell LLP in Austin, Texas. He represents clients in matters involving waste management, waste reclamation, chemical distribution, petroleum, petrochemicals, and primary and secondary metals. Hopson also defends and advocates on behalf of clients in the areas of agribusiness, food products, consumer products, metal plating, and electric power generation. He counsels clients in environmental matters involving solid waste, hazardous waste, Superfund, environmental litigation and permitting, environmental auditing, Brownfields issues, remediation, and environmental aspects of commercial transactions. Hopson is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and has held numerous leadership positions in the Section over the last three decades.

Stacey J. Sublett has re-joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Sublett was special counsel in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel from 2015 to 2017, where she focused on assisting with incident response and crisis management; high-profile congressional investigations and hearings; and coordinating federal, state, and private sector outreach for the General Counsel. Her practice at Beveridge & Diamond includes a variety of environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including guiding clients on Safe Drinking Water Act and products-related compliance issues. Prior to her work at EPA, Sublett was a litigation associate at Beveridge & Diamond and clerked for the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigby on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She is a vice chair of the Section’s Special Committee on Environmental Justice.

Andrew R. Varcoe has joined Boyden Gray & Associates, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., as a partner. Varcoe was most recently deputy general counsel for Agriculture and Environment at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the trade association for the biotechnology industry. At BIO, he worked on legal, regulatory, and policy issues relevant to technological innovation in agriculture, natural resources matters, and the environment, including matters relating to genetically engineered crops, biofuels, biobased products, and renewable chemicals. Previously, Varcoe spent several years as an in-house appellate litigator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focusing on agricultural law, natural resources law, and environmental law issues.

Colin Van Dyke has joined Anderson & Kreiger in Boston as counsel from Mintz Levin. Van Dyke provides legal counsel to entities in a range of industries, including transportation, energy, health care, and higher education. He responds to regulator inquiries and enforcement actions, negotiates and implements settlements, and counsels allocations in multi-party investigations. Van Dyke also advises and represents participants in development projects as to environmental requirements and risks, permitting strategies, and cleanup costs recovery. He is the chair of the Section’s Sponsorship Committee.

James R. Arnold


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