March 01, 2018

People on the Move

James R. Arnold

Casey Clausen has joined Beveridge & Diamond’s Seattle office as an associate. Clausen previously clerked for U.S. District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn and U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He maintains a diverse environmental litigation and regulatory practice, advising clients nationwide across industrial sectors on issues including CERCLA and state Superfund laws. Clausen also has experience with the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act.

John C. Cruden, president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, has joined Beveridge & Diamond as a principal in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Cruden counsels clients on strategic high-stakes litigation, civil and criminal enforcement, and compliance matters. He has decades of experience as one of the nation’s top government environmental and natural resource lawyers and as a leader of several major environmental bar organizations. Cruden served with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division from 1991 to 2011. He is a former assistant attorney general of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2014. Cruden was chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources in 2009–2010 and served as president of the Environmental Law Institute in 2011–2014.

Francine Ffolkes has been appointed an administrative judge with the Division of Administrative Hearings of the State of Florida, in Tallahassee, Florida. Ffolkes was previously the deputy general counsel of Litigation at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Ffolkes is a vice chair of the Section’s 2018 Spring Conference and a former Section Council member.

Chris Gottfried has become president of Gannett Peak Energy and Environmental Services, Inc., a sustainable energy company based in Wyoming. Gottfried was formerly a manager with KPMG LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gannett Peak Energy provides energy and environmental solutions to agribusinesses and public entities, including farming and ranching operations, utility cooperatives, and public school districts. The company’s primary services are small wind turbine installation, energy and environmental site assessments, zoning, permitting, and regulatory diligence.

Erika Holsman has joined Beveridge & Diamond in Seattle as an associate from Cole, Wathen, Leid & Hall, PC. Holsman represents clients in environmental litigation matters, including actions under the Clean Water Act, state water quality laws, CERCLA, and state Superfund statutes. She has extensive civil litigation experience, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in diverse litigation matters.

Howard Kenison has joined Denver-based Jones & Keller, P.C., from Lindquist and Vennum LLP. Kenison specializes in environmental law and litigation, including representing clients before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies. He advises clients on environmental due diligence issues in commercial and real estate transactions. Kenison handles air quality litigation and permitting; NEPA litigation for utility, water, and transportation projects; environmental audits for corporate risk prevention; wetlands permitting and defense of enforcement actions; hazardous and radioactive waste facility litigation; water quality permitting and enforcement actions; Superfund and natural resource damages litigation; and environmental insurance litigation. He is currently the chair of the Section’s Governance Committee and the World Justice Project Task Force.

David Metres has been elected chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Metres practices with Barg, Coffin, Lewis and Trapp LLP in San Francisco. He represents clients in all major areas of environmental litigation and compliance counseling, focusing on Superfund investigation and remediation, endangered species and natural resources policy and permitting, water quality and supply for both surface water and groundwater, and real estate and commercial transactions.

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, care of