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Steven G. McKinney

Partner Birmingham
(205) 226-3496
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  • University of Illinois College of Law
    J.D., 1979, magna cum laude; Illinois Law Review, Editor
  • University of Mississippi
    B.A., 1976,

    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1979
About Steve
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    I come from a blue-collar home where education and a serious work ethic came in daily doses. Clients need lawyers who will do the hard work to get the answers and develop solutions with the least possible disturbance to the continued operation of their business. Genuine humility and respect for the client's business and personnel allows and encourages teamwork that finds the best solutions at the least cost.

  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?

    Environmental law will only become more widely applicable, intense, and demanding for businesses, industries, and environmental lawyers. Clients who have never needed environmental counsel in the past will be looking for lawyers with legitimate expertise. and lawyers practicing environmental law will have to invest more time and energy mastering the fundamentals and tracking the cutting edge. The cost of environmental compliance will increase along with the potential losses for compliance problems and failures.

  • What types of clients do you represent?
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
  • Favorably resolved federal CAA New Source Review enforcement action against a power company. (1999-2015)
  • Advised the attorney general and the governor of Alabama in all matters related to the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the state of Alabama and its people.(2010-2011)
  • Defended major industrial facility in response to federal CAA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) enforcement action. (2015-2016)
  • Favorably resolved federal CWA sanitary sewer overflows enforcement action against municipal wastewater system owner and operator. (2014-2016)
  • Favorably resolved federal CWA indirect discharge and pretreatment enforcement action against metal parts fabricator and reconditioner. (2014-2016)
  • Favorably resolved state and federal regulatory responsibilities and hundreds of nuisance liability claims against a pipeline company for chemical spills at a terminal. (2012-2015)
  • Favorably resolved federal CWA citizen enforcement suit alleging unpermitted discharges from power plant settling ponds. (2013)
  • Provided turnkey completion of paper company response to federal CAA New Source Review-based Section 114 information demand covering four decades of operation and maintenance projects. (2012)
  • Lead legal and consulting team development and submission of CAA Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit application for major automobile assembly plant and secure a favorable permit in 80 days. (2008)
      • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1979, magna cum laude; Illinois Law Review, Editor
      • University of Mississippi, B.A., 1976,

        magna cum laude

      • Supreme Court of Alabama, 1979
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1979
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
      • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 1979
      Professional Affiliations
      • Alabama State Bar, Environmental Section 
      • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Section Chair, 2010-2011
      • American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law
      • Air & Waste Management Association
      • Federalist Society
      • American College of Environmental Lawyers, Board of Regents, Executive Committee
      Awards & Accolades
      • The Best Lawyers in America
      • Mid-South Super Lawyer, Environmental
      Community Involvement
      • Alabama Policy Institute, Board of Directors, Executive Committee