J. Tom Boer has joined the Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute. Boer is a partner with Hunton & Williams in San Francisco, where he focuses on environmental litigation and compliance. Boer represents companies, municipal utilities, and individuals in environmental lawsuits, including defending governmental and citizen suit environmental enforcement actions, and in responding to catastrophic environmental emergencies and chemical releases, and with toxics cleanups and cost recoveries. Before private practice, he was a trial attorney with the Environment Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Division of Environment and Natural Resources and with the USEPA’s Office of General Counsel. While with the Justice Department, Boer prosecuted cases under federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, FIFRA, the Oil Pollution Act, and the Park Resources Protection Act. He is a vice chair of the Section’s Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee.
Loren R. Dunn has joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Seattle as a principal. Dunn was with Riddell Williams, P.S., for three decades, before that firm joined Fox Rothschild earlier this year. Dunn practices environmental law and litigation, representing regional and national companies throughout the United States. He has represented clients at large hazardous waste and multiparty toxics cleanup sites, involving such issues as sediments (marine and fresh water), landfills, and natural resources damages. Dunn is experienced with multiyear permit applications, with deep knowledge of manufactured gas plant sites, regulated utilities, smelters and metals refineries, pesticide sites, and large-area contamination sites. He is co-chair of the ADR process for the Portland, Oregon Harbor, which is the largest Superfund site west of the Mississippi. Dunn has had a significant role in the development of the state of Washington’s environmental regulatory system.
S. Beaux Jones has joined Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC, in New Orleans as an environmental associate. Jones was formerly the environmental section chief of the Louisiana Department of Justice. He represents clients in litigation and administrative matters, with a focus on environmental, coastal, and oil and gas law. Jones has litigated in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and the Sixth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals. He also is currently treasurer of the environmental section of the Louisiana State Bar.
Ramsey Kropf has joined Somach Simmons & Dunn, as a shareholder in the firm’s Boulder, Colorado, office. Kropf was previously the deputy solicitor, Water Resources Division, of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. At the Interior Department, she served as the principal advisor to the solicitor for all water resources issues and counsel to the secretary, secretariat offices, bureaus, and other department officials on water law and reclamation law issues. Kropf represented the Interior Department in the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, the Colorado River negotiations, New Mexico’s Middle Rio Grande issues, numerous Indian water settlements, and water settlements for Arches and Bryce National Parks. Before her appointment as deputy solicitor, she was in private practice in Aspen, Colorado, with the Patrick Miller Kropf Noto law firm. Kropf represented municipalities, major resort developments, and energy companies and served as special master in Wyoming’s general stream adjudication.
Michael R. Leslie of Boies Schiller Flexner LP in Los Angeles has been elected chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Leslie co-founded the litigation boutique of Caldwell Leslie and Proctor PC, which merged recently with Boies Schiller Flexner LP. He is an accomplished trial lawyer and negotiator in complex environmental litigation, including CERCLA, the California Environmental Quality Act, common law environmental torts, and California’s Proposition 65. Leslie has also represented clients in complex commercial litigation, including real estate, class actions, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, and California’s unfair business practices law.
Kim Lesniak has become managing counsel–Global Safety and Environment for Shell Oil Company in Houston. Lesniak was formerly senior legal counsel for the company. She is a past chair of the Section’s Corporate Counsel Committee.
Marshall R. Morales has joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. as an associate in the firm’s Seattle office. Morales was with Riddell Williams, P.S. before that firm joined Fox Rothschild earlier this year. His practice focuses on litigation and regulatory compliance for clients addressing environmental law issues. Morales has an extensive background in chemistry and biology, which is useful with complex environmental law issues. He is on the board of directors of Environmental Works, a nonprofit design center for communities with limited resources to collaborate in the planning, design, and development of their own communities.
Ethan Shenkman, a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in Washington, D.C., has debuted a column titled “Private Practice, Public Policy” for The Environmental Forum, the magazine of the Environmental Law Institute. Shenkman’s column focuses on the symbiotic relationship between public policy and the private practice of environmental law.
Andrew R. Varcoe, a partner at Boyden Gray & Associates, PLLC in Washington, D.C., has been named to the executive committee of the Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group of The Federalist Society. Varcoe’s practice focuses on issues and projects relating to administrative law and litigation; environmental, energy, and natural resources law; and biotechnology and innovation. He will speak at the Section’s 25th Fall Conference in Baltimore on what environmental lawyers need to know about food law.
David C. Weber has joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Seattle as a principal. Weber was with Riddell Williams, P.S., in Seattle before that firm joined Fox Rothschild earlier this year. He focuses his practice on environmental litigation and compliance counseling, including air and water quality, hazardous wastes, and contaminated site cleanups. Weber advises and represents clients on a wide range of Clean Air Act compliance issues, including air quality and climate change issues and Title V, NSR/PSD, NSPS, and NESHAP/MACT projects. He also handles complex environmental cleanup projects and has successfully and efficiently prosecuted and defended CERCLA and state law costs recovery and natural resources damages claims. Weber is a regional reporter for USEPA Region 10 for the Section’s Air Quality Committee and is active in the Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee.
Augustus (Gus) E. Winkes has joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Seattle as an associate from the former Riddell Williams, P.S., firm which merged recently with the Fox Rothschild firm. Winkes concentrates on CERCLA and state Superfund cleanups and litigation and advises and represents clients on regulatory compliance and enforcement matters involving water and air quality laws, including climate change. He was secretary of the Environmental and Land Use Section of the King County Bar Association from 2014 to 2016.