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CLA Staff 


Executive Director

Jacqueline Sincore GuildJacqueline Sincore Guild became CLA's first Executive Director in 2011. Jackie is an attorney whose legal career has included both private practice and work in two major trade associations.  She is also a trained mediator and large group facilitator.  Prior to joining CLA, Jackie litigated environmental, toxic tort, and products liability matters and provided regulatory, legislative and litigation services with respect to environmental statutes. Her particular areas of concentration were the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Superfund, and Environmental Justice.  Her prior employment includes Mayer, Brown & Platt (N.Y.), Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (D.C.), Gordon & Polscer (Seattle), and Nancy Weller, LLC (Annapolis).  Jackie is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and James Madison University, summa cum laude.  Jackie is a recipient of the YWCA's Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) award for environmental leadership.  Email: jguild@chesapeakelegal.org


Senior Staff Attorney

Mary Stubblefield Clemmensen joined CLA in July 2016.  Mary is responsible for pro bono legal services and developing issues and strategies in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Mary brings to CLA her previous litigation and regulatory experience with Superfund hazardous waste site cleanups, natural gas and power plant permitting, and endangered species and water quality issues. Previously, Mary was an Environmental Associate with CSC Government Solutions, LLC where she advised EPA on sites placed on the national priorities list for cleanup, and worked with Wilkes Artis, Chtd. (D.C.). She was also a Litigation Fellow with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Mary earned her law degree from Vermont Law school, where she was a Staff Editor and the Web Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. She obtained her degree in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois.  Email: mclemmensen@chesapeakelegal.org


Staff Attorney

Molly Brown joined CLA’s team January 2017. Molly brings to CLA her previous environmental and land use litigation experience and understanding of global sustainability issues. Molly is responsible for pro bono legal services and developing issues and strategies in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Molly is a graduate of Vermont Law School and Boston College, and earned an Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. Previously, Molly was the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the New Hampshire court system and an Associate at Boyle, Shaughnessy & Campo, P.C. and the McLane Law Firm.  Email: mbrown@chesapeakelegal.org


Outreach Coordinator

Heather Ballew joined CLA in February 2012.  Prior to her employment at CLA, Heather worked as a Client Service Manager in a customer service-training firm and has several years experience in customer service, project and contract management.  She now supports the CLA team with marketing and outreach efforts, many aspects of program services, and fundraising endeavors. Heather grew up off the South River in the Annapolis area and still loves enjoying the Bay waters with her family. Email: hballew@chesapeakelegal.org


Administrative Assistant

Renee Rutledge joined CLA in April 2015 as its Administrative Assistant.  She keeps the office organized, supports program services, and performs bookkeeping and clerical duties.  She is experienced in hospitality, working with military families moving overseas and sponsoring and coordinating school programs and fundraisers.  Renee also has experience volunteering with several non-profit Maryland organizations. Renee grew up in Maryland and resides with her family near the Magothy River off the Chesapeake Bay. Renee has a B.A. in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Email: rrutledge@chesapeakelegal.org



Board of Directors

Thomas Barba is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.  He is a member of both the firm’s Litigation and Technology Departments.  He is an experienced products liability litigator and advisor and has a separate longstanding practice representing technology companies in federal regulatory matters involving government electronic surveillance.  In addition to his core legal practice, for the last decade, Mr. Barba has served as General Counsel to Steptoe & Johnson LLP.  Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Barba was U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.

Patrick Coyne is a Partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in Washington, D.C., specializing in intellectual property trials and appeals. He has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Amicus and Antitrust Law Committees and is currently co-chair of the Special Committee on Legislation of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  Mr. Coyne also currently serves as Vice President and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Richard D’Amato spent most of his career as a staff member in the U.S. Congress, most recently as the Democratic Counsel for the Senate Appropriations Committee. Currently he serves, and from 2001 to 2007 served as a member of the U.S. China Economic and Security Commission, on which he was Chairman and Vice Chairman. From 1998 to 2002, he was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Annapolis.

Richard deC. Hinds is Senior Counsel in Cleary Gottlieb’s Washington, D.C. office, where he focuses litigation.  His litigation practice encompasses international trade matters, product liability, environmental and land use regulatory issues.  Richard co-authored “Chapter 27: Toxic Substances Control Act” in Matthew Bender’s Environmental Practice Guide. Richard joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1973 and became a partner in 1977.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as special assistant to the Assistant Sectary of Trade Affairs in the U. S. Treasury Department and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Columbia Law School, LLB, cum laude; Editor, Columbia Law Review; Tufts University, B.A., magnum cum laude.

Theodore Garrett is Senior Counsel with Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. and is co-chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.  He has been extensively involved in litigation and administrative proceedings, compliance matters and transactions throughout the country involving federal and state environmental and natural resource matters.  Mr. Garrett’s practice involves major compliance, regulatory and enforcement issues, particularly concerning air quality, water quality, and hazardous waste matters.  He has been lead industry counsel in cases involving major EPA air and water regulations and has represented clients in numerous Superfund sites.  Mr. Garrett has been named Global Environment Lawyer of the Year in the 2012 Who’s Who Legal Awards.

Ridgway M. Hall, Jr. was a founding Partner of Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C. where he started the firm’s Environmental Law Group. He retired at the end of 2009 and maintains a part-time law practice.  Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, he was Associate General Counsel for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Ridge has spoken and written widely on all aspects of environmental law, regulation and litigation.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, a past officer of the Environmental Law Institute, and a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Joe Hollingsworth is a founding Partner of Hollingsworth, LLP in Washington, D.C., where he concentrates on litigation, including trials and appeals. He defends cases involving pharmaceutical and medical device product liability, toxic and environmental torts, and consumer product liability.  He also prosecutes and defends complex federal claims involving the government.

Deborah Jennings was a partner for 32 years at the Washington, D.C. office of DLA Piper and has switched recently to senior counsel status as she approaches retirement.  She chaired the firm’s national environmental practice for more than 20 years.  Her practice focuses on litigation and negotiations related to air, water, and hazardous waste permit issues, transportation, cleanup and disposal of hazardous substances. and the siting and modification of major air emissions sources. She has also focused on policies addressing ozone, acid rain, and climate change. Deborah is a former Assistant Attorney General of Maryland and Chief, Criminal Investigations Division as well as a former Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers of America for the past 25 years in recognition of her environmental law practice and is currently a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.; University of Maryland, with honors.

Sheila D. Jones represents clients regarding environmental enforcement matters, site remediation, project development matters, and the development of environmental policy.  Her clients have included state and local governments, a major university, local communities, Indian nations, and business entities.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School.  Ms. Jones has extensive experience with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know Act, the Deepwater Port Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.  Ms. Jones is a former partner of Holland & Hart, LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, and Cutler & Stanfield, LLP.  She also is a former assistant chief in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Land & Natural Resources Division (the current Environment & Natural Resources Division).  

Stephen Kurzman is a retired Washington, D.C. attorney, most recently a Partner in Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare, Legislative Assistant and Counsel to Senator Jacob K. Javits, Minority Counsel to the Senate Labor & Public Welfare Committee, and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.  A former member of the D.C. Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Commission, he is currently active in several other civic and arts organizations.

Roy Mason is a Partner in the Law Offices of Roy L. Mason, P.A. in Annapolis, Maryland with a focus on civil litigation and health and administrative law.



David E. Menotti is recently retired former senior counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Environment & Natural Resources Group. He has practiced environmental law for almost forty years, emphasizing matters arising under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Clean Air Act, and similar laws at the state level and in other countries. Between 1974 and 1982, he served in various positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including associate general counsel, pesticides; associate general counsel, toxic substances; and associate general counsel, air and radiation. Previous to joining EPA, David clerked for the Honorable Harold R. Tyler, Jr., USDJ, SDNY, and served in the United States Army as a JAGC officer. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated from Syracuse University and from the University of Pennsylvania (J.D., magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Michael Murphy is a Partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group and has been extensively engaged in pro bono environmental work.


Martin Siegel leads Stock and Leader's  Environmental Law Group, from York, PA, providing counsel to the firm’s local, regional and national clients.  He served for 22 years as Assistant Counsel in the Southcentral Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where he was responsible for advising DEP programs that implemented environmental cleanups, sewage planning, water permitting and enforcement, radiation protection, and waste management. He has litigated numerous matters before the Environmental Hearing Board and has practiced extensively before the Commonwealth Court.  He also  served as a mediator for the Office of General Counsel's Mediation Program.  Prior to joining DEP,  Mr. Siegel worked with a number of Federal agencies, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta, and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  

Eliza Smith Steinmeier is an environmental non-profit consultant and an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University, teaching Environmental law.  She worked for a public-interest law firm, Lawyers for Clean Water, representing California Waterkeepers in their lawsuits against polluters.  In 2004, she founded the Magdalena BAYKEEPER in Baja California Sur, Mexico, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.  In 2006, Eliza founded Baltimore Harbor WATERKEEPER and served as the Executive Director and Waterkeeper until 2012 where she shepherded the organization through a five-way merger into Blue Water Baltimore.  She is currently a member of the California and Maryland Bars.

Russell B. Stevenson, Jr. has practiced law in Washington, D.C., taught law as a Professor of Law at The George Washington University, and served as Deputy General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He was General Counsel and Secretary of Ciena Corporation from 2001 to 2008, when he retired. He is currently Professor from Practice at Georgetown University Law School.

Robert M. Sussman is an environmental consultant.  Formerly a Senior Policy Counsel to EPA Administrator, he assisted the Administrator with a broad range of policy issues across the agency. In the Clinton Administration, he served as EPA Deputy Administrator and in 2008 he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Bob had previously been a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he headed the environmental practice in DC for ten years and was a partner at Covington and Burling for six years. He has litigated extensively in the federal courts, including two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appeared before nearly all of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.  

David Weinberg is a Partner at Wiley Rein, LLP in Washington, D.C. He has more than 35 years of experience in administrative and environmental law, specializing in environmental, occupational health and safety, transportation, product safety and pesticide matters.


Kenneth Weinstein is a retired Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.  Ken was a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and Environment, Land & Resources Department.  He has extensive experience in environmental law.

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