Joshua Bloom has joined Environmental General Counsel LLP in Berkeley, California. For his nearly 30 years of practice in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area, Bloom’s work has encompassed a broad array of state and federal environmental and natural resources laws, covering litigation, transactions, and counseling for both public and private clients. His expertise includes brownfields redevelopment and associated risk-based cleanup, risk allocation, and negotiating regulatory agreements and environmental insurance policies, with specialization in endangered and protected species laws, the Clean Water Act, wetlands, hazardous wastes, and consumer laws such California’s Proposition 65, TSCA, and green chemistry regulation. Bloom has written articles for Natural Resources & Environment and Trends concerning risk allocation and the Clean Water Act.
JoAnne Dunec has joined the Office of the City Attorney of Oakland, California, as Deputy City Attorney-Real Estate Unit. Dunec was a vice president and underwriting counsel with Old Republic Title Company in San Francisco. She is treasurer of the John Muir Association, which supports the National Park Service in the John Muir Historic Site, and has served as a director and officer of the Bay Planning Coalition and the Urban Land Institute. Dunec has been active in the Section for many years, serving on the editorial board of Natural Resources & Environment for more than 20 years.
Sheila Hollis is the newly elected chair of the United States Energy Association, the U.S. member of the World Energy Council. Hollis is an internationally recognized energy lawyer and represents clients worldwide in multiple major energy law matters, including investigations and enforcement actions, and major developments of worldwide energy projects of all types. She is the founding managing partner and current chair of the Washington, D.C. office of Duane Morris LLP, having served on the firm’s five-member executive committee for many years. Hollis taught energy law for two decades at the George Washington University Law School and is widely published in energy and environmental issues. Hollis is the first attorney in private practice to receive the Platt’s Global Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement. She served as president of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment and received its Woman of the Year award. Hollis is the first woman president of the Energy Bar Association and chaired the Energy and Environment Section of the Federal Bar Association. She has served the ABA for decades. Hollis has served in many roles in the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, notably as the Section chair, and currently is the Section’s representative to the ABA House of Delegates. She has also chaired the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, the Board of Editors of the ABA Journal, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Gavel Awards, the ABA’s Fund for Justice and Education, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law.
George Knapp has been appointed the general counsel and senior vice president of Cogentrix Energy Power Management, LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Knapp was previously general counsel of PowerFin Partners, LLC, a solar energy company in Austin, Texas. He has also served as general counsel of renewable energy companies Microgrid Energy, LLC, and Wind Capital Group, LLC. Knapp’s earlier career included partnerships with international law firms in Washington, D.C., and as deputy assistant general counsel with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He served as Section chair in 1998–1999 and has been a leader in the Section in many roles.
Angela R. Morrison has joined the Earth & Water Law team and will manage its Tallahassee office as part of the firm’s growing Southeast practice. Morrison has practiced environmental law for three decades. She is board certified by the Florida Bar in state and federal government and administrative practice. Morrison represents utility and industry clients with legislative, regulatory, permitting, and compliance matters. She has been very active with the Section for many years in air quality, energy, Section publications, and, most recently, serving on the Section’s Council.
Angila Retherford is now the vice president of environmental and corporate responsibility for Centerpoint Energy. The company recently merged with Vectren Energy of Evansville, Indiana. At Ventren she was vice president for environmental affairs and corporate sustainability.