Melissa O’Connor, an attorney at Kelley, Kronenberg, Gilmartin, Fichtel, Wander, Bamdas, Eskalyo and Dunbrack, P.A., has recently become a certified LEED Green Associate. Focusing her efforts primarily on environmental law and compliance, the added certification will grant her additional expertise with regard to green building, design and operation tactics.
The LEED Green Associate is a highly accredited degree that recognizes individuals who specialize in and/or exhibit significant interest in environmentally friendly, green building. This credential indicates that an individual is highly knowledgeable in green building practices and design, implementation and regulatory requirements.
Serving as the head of Kelley Kronenberg’s Environmental Law section, the LEED Green Associate certification will provide Ms. O’Connor with more insight into the current environmental regulations that are taking precedence within today’s society. With the desire to minimize environmental risks, this honored credential will aid Ms. O’Connor in ensuring the proper implementation of green practices.
Ms. O’Connor is an experienced regulator who has worked as an independent environmental consultant. Her unique background provides her with in-depth knowledge of the issues facing the regulated community, particularly solid and hazardous wastes, leaking underground storage tanks, drinking water, wastewater and water quality standards as they relate to permitting.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science Affairs from the University of Miami, and earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University, before earning her law degree. She has published two law review articles on water quality standards and environmental justice, and frequently speaks on topics within her legal specialty. O’Connor was recently elected to the 2012 South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (SFAEP) Board of Directors. The SFAEP is an organization of professionals practicing environmental planning, engineering, science and law in South Florida.