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Gerald Pels
Charter Member
Environmental Law

600 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


Gerry Pels, Chair of the Firm-wide Environmental Section - Energy and Industrial, has been one of the leaders of the Texas environmental legal community for over 30 years. His diverse practice focuses on the areas of environmental compliance, counseling, and litigation. During his career, Gerry has consistently led teams working on cutting edge matters of environmental law, including resolving the well-known Cooper v. Aviall litigation and arguing Clean Air Act issues before the 5th Circuit in litigation involving the Texas SIP. Gerry has been consistently recognized in Chambers USA since 2004 as well as in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law. He was also an adjunct law professor for seven years teaching both environmental law and an advanced RCRA seminar. Gerry's wide range of experience includes agency negotiations, assessing and counseling air, water, stormwater, and waste permit compliance, representing clients at contested permit, enforcement, and other hearings.

Robie G. Russell
Charter Member
Environmental Law

77 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2513


John Paul ("Jep") Seman Jr.
Charter Member
Environmental Law

1700 N Lincoln Street, Suite 2430, Denver, CO 80203


Mr. John Paul (“Jep”) Seman Jr. attended the University of Colorado School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1988. He was admitted to the Colorado State Bar in 1988. In addition to his membership to the Colorado State Bar, Mr. Seman also belongs to the Denver Bar Association. With more than 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Seman has handled legal matters within a wide range of fields for non-profit, association and corporate clients in federal, state and local capacities. Mr. Seman focuses on strategy development and direct policy advocacy, in addition to administrative law and litigation for various clients including the oil and gas and automobile manufacturing industries.

Lee Smith
Charter Member
Environmental Law

499 W Shaw Ave, STE 116, Fresno, CA 93704


Mr. Smith was admitted to practice in 1988. Mr. Smith is a partner in the litigation department of the firm's Fresno and Sacramento offices, and is heading the firm's Environmental Department, where he provides representation to clients in the areas of Environmental Law Compliance and Litigation, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Land Use, Proposition 65, Water Law and Litigation in the Central Valley. Lee's experience includes air quality and hazardous materials compliance, food safety, and water quality at both the federal and state levels. Lee handled cases involving the EPA, Cal-EPA, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, CalRecycle, the San Joaquin Unified Air Pollution Control District and other environmental agencies. Lee has also been involved in federal litigation involving the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as well as state court litigation concerning pesticide contamination, CEQA and Proposition 65.