The Williams Mullen law firm recently expanded to South Carolina, adding four environmental attorneys from the McNair firm to its new Columbia office.
With the additions of Ethan Ware, Jessica J.O. King, A. Keith “Kip” McAlister, Jr., and Ryan W. Trail, Williams Mullen now has more than 230 staff members working in its 11 offices throughout the Atlantic Coast region.
“As a firm, we are committed to strategic growth rather than growth for growth’s sake,” Woody Fowler, CEO of Williams Mullen, said. “We strive to be a large enough firm to offer the broad base of knowledge that companies today need, but not so large that we become out of touch with our clients. We will continue looking to expand in key areas in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to offer the highest level of service to businesses seeking legal counsel.”
The new team will concentrate on legal issues dealing with environmental concerns, primarily those dealing with regulatory issues with local, state and federal agencies. They will assist clients in obtaining environmental permits, navigating through any environmental litigation, discuss and negotiate any compliance concerns, and handle high-level business transactions. The new partners all have experience in working alongside the Environmental Protection Agency, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Each of the new team members has a particular area of expertise, which is critical to Williams Mullen’s cohesive strategy at the Columbia office.
Ware is known for his accomplishments in air, hazardous waste and wetlands law. King has substantial experience helping companies obtain environmental permits, perform due diligence and negotiate business transactions. McAlister focuses on the defense of industry and business in environmental regulatory compliance cases in state and federal courts. Trail has experience counseling and advising numerous clients on real estate-related environmental issues, regulatory compliance and water law.
“We are proud to have such a knowledgeable and experienced team join our environmental law practice,” Channing J. Martin, chair of the Environmental Law Practice Group at Williams Mullen, said. ”By expanding the geographic reach of our services, we are able to help clients throughout the Southeast grow their businesses by finding solutions to their environmental concerns.”