Monday, January 28, 2013

Lewis Glasser Expands Environmental Practice By Hiring Former Senior Counsel To W.Va. DEP

Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC has hired Joseph L. Jenkins, formerly Senior Counsel for the W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection, to expand the law firm’s environmental practice and services.  Joseph has joined the firm as an associate, and his practice focuses mainly on energy and natural resources law, environmental law, legislation, rule-making and litigation with an emphasis in oil and natural gas, mining and quarrying, including SMCRA, Clean Water Act and state and federal environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement. 

Jenkins previously served as Senior Counsel for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and served as Counsel to the West Virginia Senate Committees on Energy, Industry and Mining and Transportation and Infrastructure during the 2011 Legislative Session.  He also is familiar with federal criminal law, having served as a CJA panel attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia for several years.  Jenkins began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable H. L. Kirkpatrick III, Circuit Judge of Raleigh County, West Virginia.
Jenkins’ more recent experience includes:
  • Successfully defending a challenge to the State’s notice, comment and appeal procedures for surface owners with regards to the issuance of oil and natural gas well permits before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.  Martin v. Hamblet, No. 11-1157, 2012 W.Va. LEXIS 904 (W. Va. Nov. 21, 2012).
  • Preparing an amicus brief on behalf of the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, the W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Alaska for filing in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in support of Farrell-Cooper Mining Company and Oklahoma Department of Mines’ challenge to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s use of the ten-day notice process for permit defects under SMCRA.  Farrell-Cooper and Okla. Dep’t of Mines v. U. S. Dep’t of Interior, et al., 12-7045 & 12-7048 (10th Cir.).
  • Being actively involved in the administrative appeal of and challenge to the W.Va. Environmental Quality Board’s decision regarding conductivity, TDS and sulfate associated with coal mining operations.
  • Successfully defending challenges to NPDES and SMCRA permits issued by the W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Being actively involved in the legislative and rule-making processes regarding the W.Va. Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act, W. Va. Code § 22-6A-1, et seq.
  • Being actively involved in the successful representation of a defendant in a forty-four count federal indictment that charged fifty-five defendants with numerous offenses including RICO, kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy, gambling, guns and drugs.  And serving as a liaison for defense counsel in this expansive case to the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on matters relating to discovery and CJA management.
Jenkins attended Concord College (now University) in Athens, West Virginia where he received his undergraduate degrees, summa cum laude, in Biology (B.S.) and Geography (B.A.).  He then obtained his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Oregon School of Law earning a certificate in environmental and natural resources law.  While in law school, Jenkins served as co-director of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.

“As one of the premier energy law firms in the Appalachian Basin, we wanted to enhance Lewis Glasser’s full-service capabilities with Joe’s unique environmental law and regulatory knowledge,” said Nick Casey, managing member.  “Joe’s background in regulatory matters, litigation and legislative rule-making will serve our clients well.”

Casey noted that over the past year Lewis Glasser has expanded its legal capabilities with the hiring of several new attorneys, many of whom are part of the firm’s growing natural gas and energy practice.