Thursday, June 20, 2013
Save the Ozarks (STO), the citizen group opposing the 48-mile-long SWEPCO high voltage transmission line, has reconfigured its legal defense team by retaining environmental attorney Mick Harrison. Harrison has a national practice focused on serving the public interest. Many of his cases are those involving a clear danger to public health or the environment, whistleblower retaliation or significant government or corporate misconduct or corruption.
“You’ll seldom see a more impressive CV [curriculum vitae], especially for a case like ours,” said Pat Costner, STO director and retired Greenpeace scientist who has previously worked with Harrison. “Most of his cases have been those in which his adversaries are large corporations and government agencies. I have had the privilege of working with him in a few such cases, and my confidence in his ability to represent our interests is absolute. I am also pleased to say that Mr. Harrison is known for making notable achievements despite the often far greater resource advantages of his adversaries.”
“I am looking forward to assisting Save The Ozarks and my esteemed scientist colleague Pat Costner in their efforts to protect the scenic and natural areas of the Ozarks that underpin the area’s tourist economy,” Harrison said.
A summa cum laude graduate of the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, Harrison has appeared before federal and state agencies in 22 states representing numerous environmental and citizens’ organizations as well as whistleblowers over the last 20 years. According to Harrison’s résumé, he has helped clients investigate and expose serious environmental violations, government and corporate misconduct, and dangers to the public.
Harrison has worked in partnership on cases with The Government Accountability Project; Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER); the Chemical Weapons Working Group; the National Sierra Club; Greenpeace; and Vietnam Veterans national and state organizations.
“We greatly appreciate our former legal counsel, Mr. Richard Mays, for his work on behalf of STO and wish him every success in his other endeavors,” Costner said. “However, our case has grown too burdensome for a one-person law firm with many other clients to serve. It is our good fortune that Mr. Harrison currently partners with GreenFire Consulting Group, LLC, a group of experienced environmental advocates, in conducting public interest investigations, advocacy, media work and public education efforts. They have expertise in assessing the full economic value of and damages to environmental resources and adverse environmental impacts and also provide paralegal support on some of Mr. Harrison's cases.”
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