John E. Milner, partner in Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes PLLC, has been named Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, the premier forum for lawyers practicing environmental, natural resources and energy law. The ceremony took place on August 13, 2017, at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City.
The Section provides educational programs, publications, and other services, and keeps members aware of developing trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives, and regulatory programs. Milner previously served as Chair-Elect and Vice Chair, in addition to other leadership positions.
In his role as Chair, Milner will oversee all of the Section’s activities. One of his key priorities will be increasing coordination of the Section’s activities with those of other organizations within and outside of the ABA.
“Serving as Chair of the Section is truly an honor for me, and I am proud to lead the nation’s premier forum for environmental, energy, and resources lawyers,” Milner said. “I am also truly grateful for the support of my colleagues in the Section and in my law firm as I assume this new role.”
On a national level, Milner has practiced environmental law for more than 35 years. His practice includes many facets of environmental law and litigation, including federal and state cases involving the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Hazardous Waste laws, Superfund, brownfields redevelopment, and energy development. His clients include industrial corporations, commercial entities, and municipalities. He has been recognized as a leader in environmental law by a number of lawyer rating organizations, including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. He is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
In his home state, Milner serves as Environmental Counsel for the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Counsel to the Mississippi Poultry Association and Counsel to the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association.
Milner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 1975 and his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1978.