Environmental

Richard C. Gaskins Jr. Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Inc., Charlotte

When you are sailing in a small boat, you have to be very tuned in to the natural world or you will find yourself upside down in the water. It reminds you that you only have limited control and that you are at the mercy of more powerful forces.

Vita: Born May 14, 1958, in Norfolk, Va.; bachelor’s from Duke University and law degree from Harvard University; wife and five children. Why he chose this field: I have always enjoyed nature. Memorable case: I represented a group challenging a state wastewater permit for a sewage-treatment plant. Eventually, an administrative law judge and the Environmental Management Commission overturned the permit. What he’d be if not a lawyer: A Methodist minister. Heroes: My grandfathers. My father’s father was a fireman and locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific railroad. He subsequently became a union leader. My mother’s father was forced off his land in Wyoming during the Dust Bowl and eventually started a successful trucking business in northern Idaho. Both were avid outdoorsmen, and some of my fondest memories are fishing with them in Idaho and British Columbia. Recent reading: Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris and Truman by David McCullough. Although very different, Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman dared to challenge conventional thinking. Don’t ask him to: Sit still.

Environmental

Richard C. Gaskins Jr. Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Inc. | Charlotte Stanford D. Baird K&L Gates LLP | Raleigh Stephen R. Berlin Kilpatrick Stockton LLP | Winston-Salem Craig A. Bromby Hunton & Williams LLP | Raleigh William E. Burton III Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP | Greensboro William Clarke Roberts & Stevens PA | Asheville R. Steven DeGeorge Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA | Charlotte Stephen W. Earp Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP | Greensboro David A. Franchina K&L Gates LLP | Charlotte Thomas N. Griffin III Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP | Charlotte Lori Privette Hinnant Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC | Winston-Salem James F. Hopf Hopf & Higley PA | Greenville Keith H. Johnson Poyner Spruill LLP | Raleigh William F. Lane Kilpatrick Stockton LLP | Raleigh Steven J. Levitas Kilpatrick Stockton LLP | Raleigh Alan H. McConnell Kilpatrick Stockton LLP | Raleigh Peter J. McGrath Jr. Moore & Van Allen PLLC | Charlotte Kiran H. Mehta K&L Gates LLP | Charlotte Richard E. Morton Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC | Charlotte Donald M. Nielsen Bell, Davis & Pitt PA | Winston-Salem Ramona Cunningham O’Bryant Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP | Greensboro William G. Ross Jr. N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources | Raleigh Frank H. Sheffield Jr. Ward & Smith PA | New Bern Grady L. Shields Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP | Raleigh Timothy P. Sullivan Poyner Spruill LLP | Raleigh William W. Toole Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA | Charlotte Carol Jones Van Buren Van Buren Law PLLC | Charlotte Steven D. Weber Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP | Charlotte William A. White Moore & Van Allen PLLC | Charlotte