October 9, 2013

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Chris Herin, Mark Ellard to Lead Courses at The Florida Bar Annual Meeting August 9-10

Two senior Geosyntec practitioners are among the instructors set to present courses on ethics and environmental permitting during the annual meeting of The Florida Bar's Environmental & Land Use Law Section (ELULS).

The courses will be held August 9-10 at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The two-day event includes two tracks, Ethical Challenges for the Environmental Lawyer and Consultant and the ELULS Annual Update for 2012, both presented by the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and ELULS members. Geosyntec is among the sponsors for the 2012 event.

Chris Herin, a principal hydrogeologist based in Geosyntec's Boca Raton office, will present "Ethical, Legal, and Technical Issues Associated with Reporting Contamination" beginning 10:30 a.m. August 9. He is to co-present the course with Daniel H. Thompson, a partner in the Florida business law firm of Berger Singerman.

Mark Ellard, an associate water resources and environmental engineer based in Geosyntec's Orlando office, also will present a course, "Statewide Environmental Resource Permit Rule," beginning 2:25 p.m. August 10. His co-presenter is Jeffrey M. Littlejohn of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Herin is a leading practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in the field of environmental risk management and minimization, where he focuses on the mitigation of environmentally impaired properties, environmental compliance, due diligence (All Appropriate Inquiry), and cost-to-cure estimates. He also specializes in groundwater studies, contaminant fate and transport evaluations, and waste management. He is often tapped to serve as a technical expert in litigation on these issues.

Ellard has more than 20 years of experience in diverse stormwater management, water quality assessment, and civil infrastructure design projects. His practice focuses on development of stormwater management solutions and the application of best management practice technologies to achieve discharge objectives. He also has extensive experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling as well as GIS applications for spatial analysis, planimetric mapping, and data visualization.

The Environmental and Land Use Law Section, part of The Florida Bar, is dedicated to serving the interests of more than 2,000 members and affiliates through educational programs and publications.