October 2, 2008 / Press Release

Porter Wright Partner Robert L. Brubaker Elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Porter Wright partner Robert L. Brubaker was one of just 50 environmental attorneys nationwide and the only one in the State of Ohio to be admitted as a Fellow to the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). ACOEL is a professional association formed with the goal of bringing together lawyers distinguished by their experience and high standards in the practice of environmental law. Membership in the College is by election only and is limited to those who are recognized as leaders in their field and who have predominantly practiced environmental law for at least 15 years.

"Some of the best known and most experienced environmental lawyers from across the nation have come together to form this new College, the first of its kind in environmental law," said Michele Corash, newly elected president of ACOEL. "Forming the College has allowed us to build a strong fellowship, share best practices and continue to strengthen this thriving practice area. This year we have added an additional 50 outstanding environmental practitioners from across the nation."

Mr. Brubaker, who has practiced in the field of environmental law since 1972, represents manufacturers, utilities, small businesses, trade associations, and public sector clients with regard to the Clean Air Act and other environmental matters. His practice includes permitting, administrative rulemaking, adjudications and appeals, and appellate and trial court environmental litigation. Mr. Brubaker has drafted legislation, defended dozens of Clear Air Act enforcement actions and citizen suits, and served as principal defense counsel in EPA's highly publicized utility New Source Review enforcement initiative launched in 1999. He also speaks and writes extensively regarding environmental law topics and is active in the American Bar Association where he sits on the Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section and chairs the Environmental Committee; the Ohio State Bar Association, where he is a member of the Administrative and Environmental Law Committees; the Secretary of Energy's National Coal Council; and the Air and Waste Management Association.