September 10, 2018

People on the Move

Jim Arnold

Charles Howland has joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP as a partner in its New York City office and as chair of its Environmental group. Howland served at USEPA for 28 years, as a senior assistant regional counsel in Region 3 and, most recently, as a senior advisor to OECA working on Superfund Taskforce implementation. He advises clients on compliance with environmental laws generally, with a focus on real estate and other commercial transactions and related potential liabilities under CERCLA, RCRA, and state law counterparts. Howland works with energy and other developers advancing projects on environmentally impaired land and helps clients to comply with risk management, spill, and emergency response planning laws. He frequently lectures on environmental and energy law, having taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Howland was appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster for a three-year term beginning August 2017. His article, Brightfields: Sustainable Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects on Environmentally Impaired Lands, was published in the Section’s Natural Resources & Environment magazine (Vol. 29, No. 2). Howland is a planning committee member for the Section’s Brownfields/Superfund conference scheduled for June 2019 in Atlanta.

Jesse James has joined InfraSource, a Quanta Services Company, as the senior quality manager. James joins InfraSource after serving as a deputy consumer counselor with the State of Indiana, representing the state’s energy and utility consumers in matters before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Previously, James worked at NiSource in various legal, compliance, and regulatory roles. At InfraSource, James works to address compliance programs that are implemented across the natural gas industry. InfraSource provides utility infrastructure solutions for gas operators nationally. James is chair of the Section’s Committee on Electronic Communications.

Erin Flannery Keith has transferred to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 1 Office of Regional Counsel in Boston. Flannery Keith was previously in EPA Headquarters’ Office of Water for nine years. She will focus on New England water law, information law, and environmental justice issues. Flannery Keith is a member of the editorial board of Natural Resources & Environment magazine.

Matthew Sanders has left private practice to rejoin the government, this time as a deputy county counsel for San Mateo County, California. Sanders’s clients include the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, Peninsula Clean Energy, a community choice aggregator (CCA), and the county’s City and County Association of Governments. He continues to teach at Stanford Law School, is a member of the Trends Editorial Board, and is co-chair of the Section’s Public Land and Resources Committee.

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