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Oct. 6 - Former EPD Assistant Branch Chief Joins Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin

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October 6, 2017 - Gilbert Harrell recently announced that Beth Blalock has joined the firm as counsel in the Brunswick firm’s Atlanta office. Blalock most recently served as the Assistant Branch Chief for the Land Branch at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Blalock joins Jud Turner and Mark Johnson as part of the environmental practice group. 

“We are excited to introduce Beth and believe her wide-range of skills and breadth of experience will be valuable to clients,” said Johnson, head of Gilbert Harrell’s environmental practice.

During her 14-year environmental law career, Blalock has served as an attorney in private practice and as general counsel for industry, non-profit and government including a wide range of experience with environmental and land use issues. Her primary practice areas include the acquisition and the redevelopment of properties with environmental impacts and environmental regulatory, compliance and permitting issues.

“I look forward with working with Mark, Jud and the firm,” said Blalock. “I am committed to working with my colleagues to find common ground and solutions to advance environmentally complex matters to resolution.”

At Georgia EPD, Blalock was responsible for the regulation of hazardous waste sites, underground storage tanks, and brownfields. She has also held roles as General Counsel for the Georgia Conservancy and as an environmental attorney with King and Spalding and the Southern Environmental Law Center. Blalock serves as a lecturer on brownfields and regulatory issues in Georgia and is currently an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University College of Law. She is the co-facilitator for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. 

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