Leading Environmental Law Industry Expert Joins Crowe & Dunlevy

Crowe & Dunlevy recently announced that Mary Ellen Ternes, a noted industry expert in environmental law and practice, has joined the firm’s Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups as a director in the Oklahoma City office.

Ternes’ expertise includes advising clients on matters of environmental permitting, compliance strategies, enforcement defense, environmental assessments, transactions and due diligence, voluntary clean-up practices, environmental impact statements and federal and state administrative proceedings and litigation. Her chemical engineering experience includes hazardous waste management, contaminated site remediation and combustion processes and permitting. Her combined careers in engineering and law have allowed Ternes to significantly contribute to civic and professional organizations through various leadership positions and served as a basis for her extensive publications.

“Mary Ellen’s vast experience as a chemical engineer and environmental lawyer, with a combined 30 years of experience in the environmental industry, will be invaluable to our firm,” said Kevin Gordon, president of Crowe & Dunlevy. “She is a great asset and resource for our clients as we continue to grow this area of practice.”

In addition to her practice and publications, Ternes has served as a leader within multiple professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, American College of Environmental Lawyers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Air and Waste Management Association. She is also a member of the environmental law sections of several state bars, including Oklahoma.

Ternes is recognized by her peers and clients as a leader in environmental law. She is listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Best Lawyers in America, where she was also named 2011 Oklahoma City Environmental Lawyer of the Year; Oklahoma Super Lawyers, in which she has been named as a Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers; International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers; and is an American College of Environmental Lawyers Regent and Fellow.

She serves currently as a Ward 3 commissioner for the City of Nichols Hills, Okla. as well as a member of the Oklahoma Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is former secretary for Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Alumni Council. She received her Bachelor in Engineering, Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1984 and her Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1995. Ternes is admitted to practice law in Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, District of Columbia, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Prior to entering law school, Ternes worked for many years as a chemical engineer, first for the Environmental Protection Agency and then for industry.

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