Winifred M. Branton
Winifred M. Branton concentrates her practice in environmental litigation and environmental regulatory compliance. She has extensive litigation experience before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board and Pennsylvania and New Jersey state and federal courts.
Winnie began her legal career as Assistant Counsel in the Bureau of Litigation in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Office of Chief Counsel, where she represented the Commonwealth in environmental matters before Pennsylvania and federal courts and administrative agencies. While at DEP, Winnie provided legal counseling and assistance regarding permitting, compliance, and enforcement across all DEP programs, including waste management, water quality, mining and reclamation, and oil and gas management.
Since leaving DEP, Winnie has represented a cross-section of clients including industrial firms, solid waste management companies, financial institutions, municipalities and citizens groups in a full range of environmental regulatory and litigation matters. Winnie has also represented clients in real estate and land use matters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Winnie earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, cum laude where she served as Assistant Editor of the Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal. She graduated with a B.A. in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She previously served on the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section as a Council Member. She also previously served on the Borough of Haddonfield Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2004-2007. Before joining Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC, Winnie was an attorney in the Environmental Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
David W. Buzzell
David W. Buzzell is a founding member of Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of regulatory counseling, permitting, public policy, and environmental remediation. David provides counseling to clients with a special emphasis on solid and hazardous waste, water and remediation matters affecting manufacturing operations and the solid waste industry. David also has been the lead environmental attorney on a number of transactional matters, evaluating potential liabilities relating to historic and off-site contamination on behalf of buyers, sellers, and lenders and negotiating agreements that appropriately address those liabilities. Before becoming an attorney, David worked as an engineer at Woodward-Clyde Consultants (URS Consultants) in the field of geotechnical engineering and hazardous waste management.
David represents a number of trade associations and individual companies on state and federal issues affecting the solid waste industry, and is an active member of the technical subcommittee to the Pennsylvania DEP’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He counsels clients on solid waste permitting strategies and development of all aspects of applications for landfill expansions, including harms-benefits analysis and regulatory compliance. David also represents clients in enforcement actions, ranging from post-inspection follow up to litigation.
Additionally, David regularly advises clients on all aspects of day-to-day compliance, including record keeping and reporting/notification requirements, responses to agency inspections and information requests, as well as environmental audits and internal investigations. He has been involved with numerous investigations pertaining to environmental releases, as well as several investigations pertaining to alleged malfeasance in the solid waste industry, including interaction with state Deputy Attorney General’s Office.
David is active in numerous professional and civic organizations and is a Master in the Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court (DVE AIC). His leadership to the Pennsylvania environmental bar is well known—in 1996, he organized the DVE AIC, the first Inn of Court chartered by the national foundation specializing in environmental law. After 15 years, he remains as the only Executive Director of the DVE AIC, and was the first recipient of the George Miller Award in 2008. David is a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental, Minerals and Natural Resources Law Section (Environmental Section), where he previously served in various officer positions and as a council member. For more than a decade, he was responsible for the Environmental Section's continuing legal education activities and was one of the original organizers PBA/PBI Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, for which he served for over a decade as a course planner and occasional faculty member. David’s commitment to community service and the environmental bar have been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental Section’s Achievement Award. He has also served on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Committee, the DEP’s Sewage Advisory Committee, and the Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
David earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Lehigh University and his law degree from Villanova School of Law. While at Villanova, David served as president of the Environmental Law Society for two years and founded V.I.E.W. – Villanova Incorporated Environmental Watch, a citation service provider to the decisions of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United states District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Maryanne Starr Garber
Maryanne Starr Garber is a founding member of Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC. Maryanne concentrates her practice in zoning and land use law. She represents a wide array of clients, including national, regional and local developers; homebuilders; educational institutions; non-profits; telecommunications providers; and commercial and industrial businesses. Maryanne regularly appears before agencies, governing bodies, zoning hearing boards, planning and historic commissions, municipal authorities, and state and administrative courts to secure permits and approvals for and negotiate agreements related to residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use development projects throughout Pennsylvania. Maryanne has extensive experience with:
- Variances, special exceptions and zoning interpretations from Zoning Hearing Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment
- Conditional use approvals from governing bodies
- Zoning Amendments (text and map)
- Subdivision and Land Development Approvals and Waivers
- Conservation Easements
- Environmental Permits and Appeals
- Highway Occupancy Permits and other road-related approvals and agreements
- Land Use Appeals
- Eminent Domain Litigation
- 1983 Actions
In addition to obtaining development permits and approvals, Maryanne assists clients with due diligence and other efforts related to the acquisition of properties.
Maryanne also has significant experience litigating environmental matters, in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
Maryanne earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Widener University School of Law, where she graduated first in her class and served as the Editor-In-Chief of The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Maryanne is a frequent lecturer, speaking on zoning and land use and environmental matters for the Wharton School's Real Estate Center, the Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, Lorman Education and the National Business Institute. She is admitted to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Before forming Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC, Maryanne practiced for thirteen years, at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
Maryanne resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two young sons. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her sons' school and spending time with family and friends.
Mark C. Hammond
Mark C. Hammond is a founding member of Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC. He concentrates his practice in assisting clients manage today’s emerging environmental issues, as well as air and hazardous substance regulation at both the state and federal levels. He provides a wide range of counseling to clients with a special emphasis on Clean Air Act matters affecting industry, including NESHAP, operating permit and regulatory compliance. Mark has been at the forefront of a number of emerging environmental issues, including renewable energy credits, sustainability metrics and communications, and 'green' marketing claims along with advising organizations on climate change legislation and regulatory efforts. Before practicing law, Mark was an engineer serving as a project manager and a department head at two Pennsylvania-based environmental consulting firms.
Mark frequently guides companies on RCRA and EPCRA. He represents a number of trade associations and individual companies on state and federal air quality and public utility rulemaking, including negotiated rulemaking and the Pennsylvania DEP's Climate Change Advisory Committee. He counsels clients on permitting strategies and applications for state and federal environmental permits including minor source permitting, Title V Operating Permits and PSD/NSR permits issued under the Clean Air Act and NESHAP permits. Mark also represents clients in a number of enforcement actions ranging from post-inspection questionnaires to litigation. Mark has successfully obtained full penalty mitigation under US EPA's voluntary audit policy for clients' operations in five US EPA regions and under a variety of state analogs.
In addition, Mark regularly advises clients on record keeping and reporting/notification requirements, responses to agency inspections and information requests, as well as environmental audits and internal investigations. Just as important is the development of internal compliance auditing strategies and procedures and Mark has worked closely with organizations to develop comprehensive policies and procedures. He has conducted several internal environmental investigations pertaining to environmental releases, failures of environmental management systems and alleged malfeasance for heavy manufacturing facilities across a variety of industries.
Mark is active in numerous professional and civic organizations and is a Barrister in the Delaware Valley American Inn of Court where he has served on the Executive Committee and is the immediate past membership chairman. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.S. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Economics. Mark is admitted to practice in the state court of Pennsylvania.
John P. Judge
John P. Judge has 25 years of experience in environmental counseling, permitting and litigation. John has represented clients in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in virtually all areas of environmental law, including hazardous waste regulation, Superfund cost recovery actions, Clean Air Act enforcement, toxic tort actions, and clean water regulation. In addition to representing clients in environmental litigation matters, John provides environmental, health and safety regulatory counseling and negotiation assistance to clients in chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and energy industries. John has been environmental counsel to several high profile brownfields redevelopment projects.
John served as counsel to an industrial park developer for the conversion of a 500-acre former steelmaking facility into a new industrial park. He represented a merchant power company for the conversion of a 50-acre brownfield property into a 550 MW power plant and a merchant power company for the conversion of a 40-acre brownfield property into a 600 MW power plant. John served as common counsel to a large group of alleged CERCLA generators in United States v. A&D Recycling (Jack's Creek/Sitkin Smelting NPL Site) (M.D. Pa.); Southdown, Inc. v. Leslie D. Allen (N.D. Alabama). He was counsel to the defendant in United States v. Crozer Chester Medical Center (E.D. Pa.), a Clean Air Act enforcement case and principal third party defendant group counsel, United States v. Atlas Minerals and Chemicals, Inc. (E.D. Pa.). John recently successfully defended a Clean Water Act Citizen Suit in Crigler v. Richardson (M.D. Tenn.).
John routinely participates in environmental law seminars and panel discussions. He has organized seminars on Brownfields Redevelopment and Vapor Intrusion. A frequent contributor to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s annual "Environmental Law Forum", John has presented topics such as HSCA/CERCLA, RCRA, Vapor Intrusion, Science Applications in Environmental Law and Wetlands Regulations.
John graduated from Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1985) and received his master's degree in Environmental Science from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1986. In 1980, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to attending law school, John worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's aquatic toxicology and wetlands regulation groups. John is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.