Ethics and Environmental Practice- C10

Real Property Track
Environmental Law Section 

Session C: 1:45 p.m. –2:45 p.m.

About the Program
The program will address ethical pitfalls in environmental matters, both in transactions and litigation, including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, special issues of competency, emergency response, and the role of the lawyer in working with consultants and the media.

Elizabeth R. Fortino, Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody & Mendel LLC, New Haven

Attorney Fortino is an associate at Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody and Mendel, LLC.  Beth practices environmental law, counseling private and public-sector clients in transactional, permitting, compliance and enforcement matters in all areas of environmental law.  With a focus on brownfield redevelopment, she advises clients on corporate and real estate due diligence, including permitting, environmental insurance, financing, liability and risk assessments, site investigations and remediation.  Beth currently serves as Secretary of the Environmental Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the chair of the Environmental Section of the Young Lawyers Section and the Secretary for the Connecticut Society of Women Environmental Professionals.  Beth is also a member of the Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut. 


Lee D. Hoffman, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford

Attorney Hoffman is chair of Pullman & Comley’s Environmental, Energy and Telecommunications Department and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Lee litigates and advises clients in the areas of environmental law, energy and utility matters and toxic tort suits.  He advises clients on various matters including the redevelopment of brownfields to productive use, the siting and permitting of renewable and merchant power facilities, counseling clients on environmental compliance issues, assisting with facility audits, advising companies on the ramifications associated with the acquisition or divestiture of assets, regulatory interpretation and conducting facility audits.

Mr. Hoffman’s professional activities include serving as a member of the General Assembly’s Taskforce on Brownfields Strategies, the Vice Chair of the Environmental Section and the past Chair of the Energy, Public Utility and Communications Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and as the Chair of the Energy Task Force of the CBIA’s Energy and Environmental Committee.  Mr. Hoffman also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut Law School for 12 years.  Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of Tulane University and the George Washington University Law School. 

Douglas Pelham, Cohn Birnbaum & Shea PC, Hartford

Attorney Pelham is a principal of Cohn Birnbaum & Shea P.C. Doug’s primary practice area is environmental law, and he also practices in the areas of land use, commercial real estate, lender representation and real estate leasing. His environmental practice includes advising clients regarding the operation of the Connecticut Transfer Act, the issues surrounding acquisition and remediation of contaminated property, and interpretation and applicability of waste, water and air regulations to business operations.  Doug was an environmental engineer for 10 years (at HRP Associates and then Duracell).  Doug holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College, an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Haven, and a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University.  Doug is also a registered professional engineer in Connecticut.  Doug is a board member of the Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut, a board member of the Connecticut Environmental Forum, a board member, past president and the current treasurer of the Farmington Land Trust, and is a member of the executive committee, a past chair and the current treasurer of the Connecticut Bar Association Environmental Section.


1.0 CLE Credits (CT: 1.0 Ethics; NY:1.0 Ethics)