Atlanta (June 2016) – The National Law Journal has named Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP partner Gerald Pouncey a 2016 Energy and Environmental Trailblazer. Pouncey heads MMM’s Environmental, Infrastructure and Land Use Practice. He is widely-known for his work on the acquisition, disposition and/or the redevelopment of brownfields, which are properties with significant environmental impact, including state and federal superfund sites.
The Trailblazer designation is reserved for those who made a significant impact in their legal areas over their careers. Kenneth Gary, National Law Journal Vice President and Group Publisher noted in a special section featuring the honorees that the hundreds of lawyers were nominated. Only a few dozen made the cut. “A common thread ties them together,” Gary wrote. “Each has shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”
The publication noted Pouncey’s “pioneer spirit” in launching an environmental practice near the time the 1986 Superfund Amendments were adopted. His many accomplishments include serving as lead environmental counsel for the Atlantic Station redevelopment in Atlanta, which is now a thriving live/work/play community.
“We built a cleanup process and redevelopment model which allowed us to go forward and become a reality,” the publication quotes Pouncey as saying. “It has changed the midtown area permanently for the good.” He has represented clients in at least a dozen similar projects since.
The profile also notes his role in drafting brownfield legislation, which led to more than 600 sites being included in the program. As for future predictions, Pouncey told the publication he predicts more urban development with essential environmental components as millennials choose to live in an urban setting.
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