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May/June 2024

People on the Move

James R Arnold


  • Covers the promotions and job transitions of SEER leaders and members.
  • Showcases the successes of SEER leaders and members.
People on the Move
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Nadia B. Ahmad has been selected for the Committee of Scholars for the American Women’s History Museum’s Committee of Scholars. She is an associate professor of law at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and a Yale Ph.D. Student. Ahmad currently serves as the vice chair for the Section’s Special Committee on International Bar Coordination and Initiatives.

Ghislaine G. Torres Bruner has joined Squire Patton Boggs LLP in Denver, Colorado, as a partner in the firm's Global Environmental, Safety & Health Practice Group. She was formerly with Polsinelli PC, also in Denver. She is serving the Section as the co-chair of the Oil and Gas Committee and was on the planning committee this year for the Section’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience Conference in Puerto Rico in February 2024. 

Allison (Ally) Colton has been promoted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to counsel II in the agency’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an active member of the Section. 

Alexandra (Alex) D. Dunn has become the president and CEO of CropLife America. She was most recently a partner at Baker Botts LLP, in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Dunn has had an exemplary career in environmental law, including general counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; assistant dean of Environmental Law Programs at Pace University School of Law; executive director and general counsel of the Association of Clean Water Agencies; executive director and general counsel of the Environmental Council of the States; regional administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 (New England); and assistant administrator, EPA. She has participated in the Section since 1991 and was Section chair in 2012–2013. Dunn is currently chair of the Section’s World Justice Task Force and a member of several committees.

Jason A. Hill has joined Holland and Knight LLP as a partner in the firm’s Houston, Texas, office. He was formerly with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, also in Houston. Hill practices energy and natural resources law, with a focus on laws and regulatory programs for federal public lands, mineral resources extraction, renewable energy projects, environmental justice issues and resources preservation and protection matters. Hill is the Section’s at large vice chair of the Public Lands and Resources Committee.

Christine A. Jochim has rejoined K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the firm’s offices in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington. She was senior legal counsel at Suncor Energy, Inc. Her practice includes representing and counseling clients in complex enforcement actions involving state and federal environmental health and safety regulatory programs, e.g., the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and other statutory and regulatory programs. She has special expertise with the Atomic Energy Act, from her service with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Involved with the Section for many years, Jochim currently serves on the Section’s Executive Committee as the education officer.

Orintha (Rin) Karns has joined Squire Patton & Boggs LLP in Denver, Colorado, as of counsel in the firm's Global Environmental, Safety & Health Practice Group. She was formerly with Polsinelli PC, also in Denver. Karns has extensive experience with oil and gas title, lease, and management issues. She counsels and represents clients in complex environmental and energy transactions and litigation. Karns currently serves the Section as both co-chair and programs vice chair of the Oil and Gas Committee.

Ashley Parks, PhD, has been promoted at Exponent Inc. to managing scientist in the company’s Pasadena, California, office. Her company has supported the Section for many years.

Rafael Pástor has been selected for a fellowship with the Yale University Emerging Climate Leaders program. He is the managing partner at Pastor Estudio Juridico Ambiental in Guayaquil, Guayas State, Ecuador. Pástor is the additional (communities/communication) vice chair for the Section’s International Law Committee.

David Restaino has joined Pierson Ferdinand LLP as a partner in the firm’s Princeton, New Jersey, office, from Fox Rothschild LLP. He is an at large vice chair for the Section’s Environmental, Social, Governance, and Sustainability Committee.

David Rostker has been appointed chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He formerly was assistant chief counsel for Environmental and Regulatory Reform in the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration. Rostker is a member of the Section, as well as the Section on Administrative Law, the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, and the Senior Lawyers Division.

Christopher Smith has joined Greenspoon Marder LLP as a partner in Los Angeles from Wolf Wallenstein PC. Chairing the firm’s newly launched environmental group, he focuses his practice on environmental law, insurance, commercial matters, Prop. 65 (California warning before exposure law), and products liability issues.

Tracy Y. Williams has joined Clark Hill PLC as a senior attorney in the firm’s Denver, Colorado, office. She was formerly an associate attorney at Beveridge & Diamond PC’s Seattle, Washington, office. Williams counsels clients about remediation of sites, transactions, and worker safety for compliance with federal and state environmental laws. She is a member of the Section’s Council. Williams is also a vice chair for the Section’s Bridge Law Student Mentorship Program, a mentor in the Section’s Leadership Development Program, and is the chair of the Section’s 32nd Annual Fall Conference in Seattle, Washington (October 23–25, 2024).

Camille Zuber has joined the international law firm of Kennedys Law LLP in its San Francisco, California, office. She was formerly with Collier Walsh Nakazawa LLP, a maritime boutique firm in Long Beach, California. Zuber’s law practice focuses on international and maritime law, including counseling and representing clients in environmental, marine insurance, commercial, IT and outsourcing, in the sectors of insurance/reinsurance, shipping and international trade, and transport and logistics. She holds a LLB from the University of Leicester Law School, in England; a Licence and a Maitrise in International Law from the University of Strasbourg Law School in France; an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Oslo in Norway; and a LLM in Environmental Law from UC Berkeley School of Law. Zuber is the membership and inclusion vice chair for the Section’s Oceans and Coasts Committee.