The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law.  Membership is by invitation and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field.  ACOEL members are dedicated to: maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

For more information please read the bylaws of the ACOEL as amended on October 19, 2012.


President: David B. Farer 

David B. Farer is Chair of the Environmental Department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP.  As incoming President of ACOEL, he hosted the College's 2015 Annual Meeting in his home town of New York City from October 15 to 17, 2015.  During the meetings, David articulated his themes of "service and organization" and announced initiatives aimed at further expanding and developing the College's role in outreach, education, response and pro bono activities in the U.S. and abroad; and on building on the work of his predecessors in strengthening the structure of the College and helping to further focus its various functions.  Practicing environmental law since the mid-1980s, David concentrates on the impact of environmental laws on transactions, real property and redevelopment in New Jersey and around the nation, and has also been serving as special master in environmental disputes.  Throughout his career, he has written and lectured extensively on environmental law issues. He can be reached at dfarer@greenbaumlaw.com

President-Elect 2015: James A. Bruen

James A. Bruen is a partner in Farella Braun + Martel's Environmental Law Department and Product Law     Department. Mr. Bruen has more than 40 years of criminal and civil litigation and business counseling experience.  His practice includes representation of industry, universities and governmental institutions in complex domestic  and international products and environmental counseling and litigation. He can be reacehd at JBruen@fbm.com.


Treasurer: Allan Gates 

Allan Gates is a member of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard. He has served as defense counsel in hazardous waste and Superfund actions before state agencies, EPA, and in state and federal court, as well as counsel in air pollution, water pollution, toxic tort, wetlands, environmental impact statement and coastal management disputes and litigation. He can be reached at agates@mwlaw.com.


Secretary: Linda Bullen

Linda Bullen advises clients on complex state and federal environmental matters, focusing on hazardous waste, water, air, renewable energy, federal land use, permitting, UEPA  and  NEPA issues, at Linda Bullen Law LLC. Her practice encompasses regulatory counseling, permitting, and litigation. Linda represents developers siting utility scale solar,  wind,  geothermal and transmission projects throughout the Western United States. She began her environmental law practice with U.S. EPA as  Assistant Regional Counsel, Region V, Chicago from 1986-1988.  After practicing with McDermott, Will & Emery from 1988-1994 and then serving as an Assistant  Attorney  General in Minnesota from 1994-1997, she practiced with Lionel Sawyer & Collins from 2001 to 2014. She can be reached at linda@bullenlaw.com

Immediate Past President: Pamela Giblin 

Pamela Giblin is a partner at Baker Botts. She has practiced environmental law since 1970 and has had extensive experience in advising clients on a broad array of environmental issues, including permitting, and acquisitions and enforcement under state and federal laws dealing with air, water and hazardous waste. She is the first woman to receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Travis County Bar Association. She can be reached at pam.giblin@bakerbotts.com.