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Advocates for environmental law and process for a better environmental future

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 through rigorous focus, outreach and education in all forums — federal, state, municipal, tribal and international.

ACOEL members value collegiality, balanced and objective perspective, integrity and rigor in expertise, and making unique ACOEL contributions through their engagement and educational efforts.

ACOEL Officers

Andrea Field is Special Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. For over four decades, Andy has represented clients in precedential environmental rulemakings and litigation. She is best known for her representation of clients in proceedings arising under the Clean Air Act, in federal and state enforcement actions, and in a full range of environmental permitting matters. Andy was the first woman elected to chair the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy and Resources Section (1989-1990), and she currently chairs the Board of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. She has also been known, upon request, to compose waggish limericks and sly sonnets. Andy can be reached at
Gail S. Port heads Proskauer’s Environmental Group. With 44 years’ experience, her practice includes transactional, financing, land use, capital markets, complex environmental enforcement and compliance, litigation and remediation matters. Gail was Deputy General Counsel, NYS Urban Development Corporation (1984-1989) handling high-visibility development projects, financings and litigations. She chaired the NYC Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and the NYS Bar Association Environmental Law Section. Following gubernatorial appointments, she served on the NYS Environmental Board (1992-2012). Gail is Vice-Chair of NYLCV and a board member of the NYLCV Education Fund and of Audubon New York. She can be reached at
Kevin Murray is a partner at Holland & Hart’s Salt Lake City office. His practice focuses on managing environmental liabilities, repurposing real estate assets, and creating value through property remediation and planning. He is known for his strategic approach to crafting innovative solutions that deliver maximum value for clients ranging from the largest international corporations to individual landowners. He brings innovative and unique resolutions to complex contamination issues, especially involving multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency matters (particularly EPA and NRC), in the real estate, mining, energy, petroleum, nuclear, and manufacturing industries. Kevin can be reached at
Mary Ellen Ternes is a partner at Earth and Water Law, LLC. After an initial career as a chemical engineer in environmental incident response and remediation, air and waste chemical process permitting and compliance, she became an environmental lawyer serving as strategic compliance and enforcement defense counsel in permitting, enforcement and other actions involving air and water pollution, drinking water safety, incident response, waste management and Superfund actions before state and federal agencies and courts, and where compliance and pollution issues arise in transactions and development. She can be reached at
Michael Hockley is a partner in the Environmental and Energy Law practice of Spencer Fane LLP. Mike’s practice concentrates on litigation, environmental law, and renewable energy, with an emphasis on environmental litigation, regulatory permitting, and environmental enforcement proceedings. In addition to representing individual clients in hazardous waste, Clean Air Act, and multi-media enforcement and permitting proceedings, he has chaired Superfund site steering committees, served as group counsel to steering committees and industry groups in environmental litigation, and served as a mediator in complex multi-party litigation. He can be reached at

Past ACOEL Officers

Message from the President

ACOEL Board of Regents

Bylaws of the College