October 24, 2005

Assistant Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section at The Department of Justice Joins Alston & Bird

Bruce Pasfield, one of the nation’s top environmental prosecutors, has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Alston & Bird as Partner in the Environmental and Land Use Group. Pasfield, who served as the longest-tenured assistant chief of the Environmental Crimes Section at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), has a successful track record in bringing enforcement actions under all major environmental statutes in state and federal courts, including more than 100 jury trials.

“Alston & Bird has established a tradition of hiring the top attorneys and legal minds in the country, and we are honored to have Bruce Pasfield join the firm,” said Frank “Rusty” M. Conner, Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C. partner-in-charge. “The addition of Bruce to the already strong team of Washington attorneys and advisors allows Alston & Bird to offer unparalleled understanding on a range of policy issues.”

During his fifteen years with the DOJ, Pasfield served eight as a trial attorney, where he tried a number of precedence-setting cases, and seven as an Assistant Chief, where he supervised lead cases for the Department’s Hazardous Materials and Worker Safety Initiatives. He also served as Chair of the North American Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Anti-Smuggling Initiative, where he coordinated a multinational task force to prevent the illegal trade of ozone-depleting substances under the 1987 Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Clean Air Act. Through the World Bank and United Nations Environmental Programme, he provided extensive environmental crimes prosecution training in developing nations throughout the world. He received six DOJ outstanding achievement awards and two Environmental Protection Agency bronze medals for his success in environmental litigation. In August, he was honored with the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work with the DOJ’s worker safety initiative.

“Alston & Bird’s environmental practice is recognized as one of the nation’s finest, and we are strengthened further with the addition of Bruce Pasfield,” said Robert D. Mowrey, Chair of Alston & Bird’s Environmental and Land Use Group. “Bruce has extensive environmental expertise, including Clean Air Act enforcement, and he is uniquely positioned to offer counseling and representation to a range of clients in the chemical, pesticide, oil and gas, and other industries facing cutting edge enforcement and prosecution issues. Plus, his international experience on environmental matters is unique and unrivaled.”

Prior to joining the DOJ, Pasfield was an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. He successfully prosecuted 100 felony and misdemeanor jury trials and was integral in establishing the first Environmental Prosecution Program. Pasfield received a J.D. from Vermont Law School and a B.A. in Business Administration from Gettysburg College.

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