NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada this week, Stites & Harbison, PLLC environmental attorney William L. (Bill) Penny was elected Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s 10,000-member Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER). By rotation, he will become the Section’s Chair-Elect for 2012-2013 and then take over as Chair for 2013-2014.
“Bill is a tremendous asset to Tennessee’s legal community and the legal profession as a whole,” said Stephen Price, executive member at Stites & Harbison’s Nashville office. “His knowledge and passion for key issues make him a valuable leader in the environmental field.”
A member of Stites & Harbison’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Service Group, Penny has approximately 30 years of experience in environmental law. His practice has covered a broad range of administrative, regulatory, and litigation matters. He has worked on issues concerning water, stormwater, low-level radioactive waste, RCRA, CERCLA, solid waste, surface coal mining, and brownfield redevelopment, among others.
“I am honored to serve as Vice Chair for the Section,” said Penny. “The Section is the premier forum for strategies and information for environmental, energy, and resource lawyers, and I am proud to be a part of that tradition.”
Penny has been an active leader within the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources for years. He has served as the Section’s budget officer, council member, and chaired committees. He also co-authored the Tennessee chapter of the ABA’s book on Brownfields.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a doctor of jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. He is an instructor in environmental and administrative law at the Nashville School of Law.
With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
About Stites & Harbison
Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is a regional business and litigation firm with attorneys in Nashville and Franklin, Tenn.; Alexandria, Va.; Atlanta; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and Louisville, Frankfort and Lexington, Ky. Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is one of the oldest law practices in the nation and among the largest law firms in the Southeast. Our attorneys are consistently recognized by their peers in the following leading legal directories: Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory®, The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers magazine. Recent firm honors include: among America’s Top Law Firms in First Tier Ratings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, one of the Best Employers in Tennessee, two attorneys listed in Best of the Bar (Nashville Business Journal), one of the 50 Best Overall Law Firms in America (Global Research), one of the Leading Law Firms in America (The American Lawyer), a Go-To Law Firm® (Corporate Counsel), one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine) and a Top 10 Growth Firm (National Law Journal).