March 08, 2019

People on the Move

Jim Arnold

Tom Bloomfield has joined Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell as a partner in the firm’s Denver office. Bloomfield was previously an attorney with two other law firms, as well as an assistant regional counsel for Region 9 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His practice includes industrial and public entities; counties, cities, and towns; utilities; the state of California; and several California state agencies. Bloomfield advises clients in complex environmental disputes involving administrative law, public policy, and litigation, and negotiates consent decrees, environmental cleanup documents, and other environmental settlements. In Colorado, he has played a pivotal role in the most significant state air quality and climate change rulemakings. These accomplishments include the first statewide rules to control methane from oil and gas operations, the groundbreaking Clean Air Clean Jobs Act rulemakings, and the state’s adoption of low emission vehicle standards. Bloomfield has been recognized as a leading national expert on financial assurance issues, environmental insurance, fixed-price contractual arrangements, and alternative financing approaches for public projects.

Ryan J. Carra has been named a principal of Beveridge & Diamond PC in its District of Columbia office. Carra uses his technical background to counsel clients on environmental regulatory issues in the chemicals, products, and energy sectors. His experience includes advising clients on the Toxic Substances Control Act, including the results of the act’s 2016 reform. Carra focuses on advising product manufacturers, retailers, and other clients on extended producer responsibility, waste classification, chemical hazard classification, advertising and labeling, chemical notification requirements, and product materials restrictions, both domestically and abroad. Carra will speak at the Section’s 48th Spring Conference on the effect of international regulations on product stewardship and the consequences for corporate transactions and integrated supply chains.

Mark Christiansen has joined the energy and environmental litigation law firm of Edinger Leonard & Blakley PLLC in Oklahoma City. Christiansen’s legal practice primarily involves the representation of oil and gas producers and purchasers, as well as certain other sectors of the energy industry, in domestic litigation, including the defense of proposed class action lawsuits of every size. He also counsels energy companies concerning select issues in energy law, regulations, and transactions. Christiansen is a former Council member and former chair of two of the Section’s energy committees. He currently serves as the Year in Review vice chair for the Section’s Oil and Gas Committee and the Section’s Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee.

Sarah Clark has become the director of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Clark was formerly the director of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. She is the co-chair of the Section’s Special Committee for State Bar Coordination and Engagement, a mentor in the Section’s Leadership Development Program, and a vice chair of the Section’s Fall Conference (2019, Boston).

John Cossa has been elected counsel in Beveridge & Diamond PC’s Washington, D.C., office. Cossa focuses his practice on development of energy, infrastructure, and natural resources on federal lands and the Outer Continental Shelf. He counsels oil and gas, mining, pipeline, and renewable energy companies and trade associations on federal regulatory initiatives, and compliance with operational, environmental, safety, and royalty regulations. Cossa also represents clients in administrative proceedings and judicial appeals of regulations, notices, and orders of the various bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Section’s Marine Resources Committee.

Lena Golze Desmond has joined Drift Marketplace, Inc., as director of Regulatory Affairs & Advocacy. Golze Desmond will be the point person for regulatory compliance of Drift’s current green products as well as the rollout of new projects, and Drift’s New York lead for building its network within the larger “green” community. Previously, she was an associate with Feller Law Group, PLLC, a Brooklyn-based law firm specializing in retail energy and related transactions. Golze Desmond is the Year in Review vice chair for the Section’s Energy Infrastructure, Siting, and Reliability Committee.

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn is the new assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Dunn previously served as USEPA’s Regional Administrator for Region 1 (Boston). Before joining USEPA in 2018, she was the executive director and general counsel for the Environmental Council of the States and is a former executive director and general counsel for the Association of Clean Water Agencies. Through 2017 Dunn was a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Environmental Law Institute and of the board of regents of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Dunn has served as an associate adjunct professor of the American University Washington College of Law, a lecturer in Law at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, and an adjunct professor at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law. She has served with the Section for many years, including as Section chair in 2012–2013 and a past chair of the Section’s World Justice Task Force. Dunn has also been a member of the ABA’s Presidential Task Force on Sustainable Development.

Rosemary E. Hambright has left the Public Utility Commission of Texas to become a Drapers Scholar and LL.M. Candidate in Energy and Natural Resources Law at Queen Mary University of London. Hambright has been active in the Section, beginning as a law student at William & Mary Law School.

Taylor Hoverman has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the policy counsel to the assistant administrator in the Office of Land and Emergency Management. Hoverman was previously the associate counsel at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. She is a co‐chair of the Section’s Special Committee for Young Lawyers and a class member mentor for the Section’s Leadership Development Program.

Peter Hsiao has joined King & Spalding as the partner heading the firm’s West Coast environmental, health, and safety practice. Hsiao was previously a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Los Angeles. He focuses his practice on litigating cases over a wide range of environmental issues, including air and water pollution, hazardous waste, natural resources and land use planning, and advising companies on environmental compliance. Hsiao has been lead trial counsel in several multimillion lawsuits, including the $140 million cleanup of San Francisco International Airport and a $100 million settlement against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for particulate air pollution from the Owens Dry Lake bed.

Daniel B. Schulson has been named a principal of Beveridge & Diamond PC in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Schulson represents clients in enforcement proceedings and provides counsel on regulatory compliance, permitting, due diligence, audits, and rulemaking. He also has unique experience with court-appointed monitorships. Schulson has focused primarily on air pollution regulation, for both mobile and stationary sources, and environmental issues in the agricultural sector.

Stacey Sublett has become a principal of Beveridge & Diamond PC in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Sublett represents and counsels clients in internal investigations, environmental enforcement, product stewardship, right to repair, and transboundary movement of waste. She also counsels clients regarding corporate social responsibility, reporting of sustainability programs and actions, and implementing environmental justice policies. Sublett is the co-chair of the Section’s Membership Diversity Enhancement Program.

Nicole Weinstein is now a principal in Beveridge & Diamond PC’s New York office. Weinstein advises and represents clients as to liability in contaminated sites lawsuits and regulatory proceedings. She also focuses on insurance proceeds recovery and related environmental litigation. Weinstein co-chairs the firm’s practice groups for insurance recovery and for Superfund, site remediation, and natural resource damages.

Graham Zorn is now a principal at Beveridge & Diamond PC in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Zorn’s focus for clients is environmental, toxic tort, and product liability litigation. His experience includes representation and advising on a series of complex products liability and toxic tort cases related to alleged groundwater contamination, and litigation over lead in drinking water. Zorn represents individual businesses, trade associations, and municipalities in litigation as well as in compliance, enforcement, and counseling matters involving the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and other state and federal environmental statutes.

Jim 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 ellen.rothstein@americanbar.org.