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Barry Needleman Elected as ACOEL Fellow

The law firm of McLane Middleton is pleased to announce that attorney Barry Needleman has been elected as a Fellow to The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).

ACOEL is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law.  Membership is by invitation only and individuals are selected 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 at both the state and federal level.

Each newly elected Fellow is selected for his or her distinguished experience, high standards of practice and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law.

ACOEL President, John C. Cruden of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, stated, “the twenty-four lawyers elected as Fellows to the College this year include the top environmental lawyers in government service, public interest, academia, and private practice drawn from across the country.  These individuals, chosen by their peers, have earned this recognition based on achievements over a minimum 15-year period, during which they have led the field in diverse areas of environmental law and policy.”

Barry has 25 years of experience handling environmental and energy matters for regional and national clients. He does a substantial amount of energy facility siting work, primarily before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, on numerous types of projects ranging from fossil and renewable generation, to electric and gas transmission. He has experience litigating a variety of environmental cases in state and federal courts such as insurance and third-party cost recovery claims at former manufactured gas plants and the defense of State-wide MTBE contamination claims. He also litigates administrative matters before state appellate councils regarding permit appeals under various environmental programs. He regularly represents clients in environmental matters involving permitting, compliance counseling, and defense of administrative and judicial enforcement actions. Barry chairs McLane Middleton's Energy Practice Group.

Barry can be reached in the firm’s Manchester and Concord offices at (603) 230-4407 or [email protected].   

To learn more about The American College of Environmental Lawyers, click here.

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