September 01, 2016

People on the Move

James R. Arnold

Fatima Maria Ahmad has joined the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) as a Solutions Fellow in Arlington, Virginia. Ahmad analyzes federal and state energy policy to support emerging energy technologies, such as carbon capture, use, and storage. She also reviews mechanisms to finance climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. Ahmad was formerly counsel with AZI Consulting, Inc. in Oakton, Virginia. Ahmad is Co-Chair, ABA Section of International Law’s International Environmental Law Committee and is the vice-chair for Membership of the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment.

Scott Breen has become an attorney advisor in the Attorneys Honors Program class at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C. Breen is a past chair of the Section’s Membership Diversity Enhancement Program.

Cheri Budzynski became a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP in Toledo, Ohio. Budzynski’s practice includes environmental regulatory, permitting, and compliance issues that affect the utility industry, the steel/coke industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the ethanol industry. She has prepared an overview of the major environmental regulations in the United States and European Union, which was presented to the Ministry of Environmental Protection for the People’s Republic of China to aid in the development of glass industry regulations in China.

Christine LeBel has been promoted to Chief Regional Counsel, Western Region, of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, in Springfield, Massachusetts. LeBel supervises the staff and operations of the region’s legal office, including coordination of enforcement matters with other agencies and the Commonwealth’s Attorney General, as well as maintaining a substantive caseload of diverse matters under the state agency’s authority. LeBel is a member of the Section’s Council.

Angela Morrison has resumed her solo practice, Morrison Environmental Law. Based in Florida, Morrison continues to assist utilities, manufacturers, and other industrial clients with environmental permitting and compliance matters, climate change and sustainability practices, and land use approvals. She is a member of the Section’s Council and is one of the authors of the Section’s recently published The Clean Air Act Handbook (Fourth Edition).

James W. Rubin has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Rubin’s practice focuses on air pollution; climate change law and policy; natural resource laws; hazardous materials transportation; and federal, state, and citizen enforcement matters—particularly those related to the energy sector. He also provides counsel to businesses on domestic and international compliance matters in the environmental context and on corporate transactions. Rubin was formerly with Dentons LLP in Washington, D.C.

Steve Sarno has joined as corporate counsel for Amazon Web Services, in Seattle, Washington. Sarno’s primary responsibilities include environmental compliance oversight for data centers around the world. He was formerly with Beveridge and Diamond, P.C, in San Francisco. Sarno is a member of the Section’s Council and the Special Committee on Content Convergence.

Larry Schnapf has been elected chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Since Schnapf was elected, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources has co-sponsored two programs of the state bar association’s environmental law section. He is the principal in Schnapf LLC in New York City, NY. Schnapf is also a professor at New York Law School.

Danielle L. Schreiber has joined Verdant Law PLLC as a senior associate in Washington, DC. Schreiber’s practice focuses on the environmental regulation of products. This includes advising, compliance counseling, defending against enforcement actions, litigating, and providing support for internal audits for companies with respect to their obligations under environmental statutes including TSCA, FIFRA, the Clean Air Act, and RCRA. She also provides strategic advice regarding EU’s REACH program and advises companies on compliance with green marketing regulatory requirements under the Federal Trade Commission Act. Schreiber was formerly an attorney advisor to Administrative Law Judge L. Zane Gill at the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission and served as the Environmental Legal Fellow to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

Nimasha Weliwitigoda has become a staff attorney in the Air Quality group of the Office of Legal Services of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin, Texas. Weliwitigoda represents the Commission in air quality issues. She previously had a fellowship at the Commission.

James R. 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 Jim’s attention in care of