Gregory "Greg" W. Blount

Partner

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3291
Business Fax: 404.962.6510

gregory.blount@troutmansanders.com

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Greg Blount is a partner in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice at Troutman Sanders LLP. He has broad experience representing clients in matters related to environmental law and policy for over 30 years, including related civil litigation and enforcement issues in state and federal courts. His experience includes work for retail chains, including pharmacies, on retail and pharmaceutical hazardous waste issues, as well as serving as national environmental counsel for a Fortune Top 10 company during extensive negotiations in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and New Jersey.

Greg and his colleagues continue to remain very active in hazardous waste compliance and policy work at federal and state levels, particularly in California.

Greg’s early experience as both a state Assistant Attorney General and general counsel to Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources has helped him understand the perspectives and objectives of both the regulator and the regulated. His representations have involved all major environmental statutes in the U.S. These representations have included successful work on developing consensus for environmental statutes and administrative rules related to hazardous waste and water quality.

His representation of local governments includes representation and advice on water supply issues, including multidistrict litigation known as the Tri-State Water Wars. His representation of business clients has successfully addressed issues arising in business transactions, including international trade and sustainability.

Representative Clients

  • Trade association and industrial clients include Tractor Supply Company; MarJac Poultry; Delhaize; Mount Vernon Mills; Royal Teacate (USA), Inc.; Burlen Corporation; Claxton Poultry Farms; East Lake Golf Club; George C. Woodruff Company; Georgia Agribusiness Council; the Georgia Poultry Federation; Georgia Power Company; the Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM); Johnson & Johnson; the PGA Tour; Rooms-to-Go; Republic Waste; Safeway Inc.; and Wayne Farms, LLC.

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Speaker, "The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements" Webinar (November 18, 2016).
  • Co-Author, "How New EPA Hazardous Waste Rule Impacts Retail Pharmacies," Law360 (November 8, 2016).
  • Greg is a frequent speaker on hazardous waste and other environmental issues. He has spoken at numerous CLEs, seminars and other programs both nationally (such as those produced by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)) and in Georgia (Georgia Environmental Conference, Georgia Association of Manufacturers).
  • "Challenges in Pharmaceutical Waste Management: "First, Do No Harm," Natural Resources & Environment Volume 26, Number 4, Spring 2012.
  • "Title V Compliance Certification"
  • Cap and Trade for Water Conservation, Natural Resources and Environment, Volume 24, Number 1 (Summer 2009).
  • The New Nonpoint Source Battleground: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Natural Resources and Environment, Volume 14, Number 1 (Summer 1999).
  • Recent Developments in Georgia Solid Waste Law Pile Up, 28 Georgia State Bar Journal 182 (May, 1992).
  • From Marshes to Mountains, Wetlands Come Under State Regulation, 41 Mercer Law Review 865 (1990).

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Listed, Who's Who Legal: Environment 2016
  • Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental Law
  • Member and Secretary, Governor's Environmental Advisory Council, State of Georgia (2005-2011)
  • Chairman, Environmental and Toxic Tort Section, Atlanta Bar Association (2000-2001)
  • Officer, Environmental Law Section, State Bar of Georgia (1990-92)
  • Trustee, The Georgia Conservancy (2013-present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Earthshare of Georgia, Inc. (2005-present)
  • Member, American Bar Association and Section on Natural Resources
  • Member, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Committee (1992-present)
  • Chairman, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Subcommittee on Water Quality (1998-2003)
  • Trustee, The Schenck School for Dyslexia (2009-2012)
  • Advisory Board, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church (2012-present)
  • Board Member, Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council (1993-2000)
  • Board Member and CEO, St. Therese House for the Mentally Ill (1994-present)
  • Member, Leadership Georgia Class of 1997

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Environmental Law by Chambers USA (2008-2017).
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law (2007-2016).
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer in Environmental by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2004-2015). Top 100 Georgia Lawyers (2013-2014).
  • Named to the Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy/Environmental/Natural Resources Law (2012).
  • Selected as one of the "2012 Top Rated Lawyers" in International Law & International Trade by Focus Europe & The Asian Lawyer.
  • Achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1997-present
  • Managing Member, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC, 1992-1997
  • Partner, Hulsey, Oliver & Maher, 1987-1992, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Executive Assistant - Legal, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 1985-1987
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of Georgia Attorney General, 1981-1985, attorney for Georgia Environmental Protection Division and Department of Agriculture

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Education

  • Mercer University, J.D., 1981
  • North Georgia College and State University, B.A., Foundation Scholar, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit