Sullivan & Worcester Adds Renowned Natural Resources Attorney to Environmental Practice


New Of Counsel Expands Reach of Water Resources Group

S&W Press Release
July 27, 2010

Washington, D.C. – July 27, 2010 – Sullivan & Worcester LLP is pleased to announce that George William (“Jerry”) Sherk has joined the firm as of counsel in the Water Resource Development Group in the Washington, D.C. office.

Dr. Sherk is a highly regarded practitioner and academic in the fields of natural resource and water law and policy. For many years, he has provided counsel on issues involving water resource management and allocation in both the western and eastern United States. At Sullivan & Worcester, Dr. Sherk will advise clients on water-related legal and policy issues, and will handle client disputes (particularly interstate disputes) involving the availability, use and quantity and quality of water resources.

Jerome C. Muys Jr., environmental litigator and leader of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources Group, said, “We are very excited to have Jerry join our team. He brings to Sullivan & Worcester an impressive depth of water resource experience. In particular, Jerry is intimately familiar with the long history of water scarcity and conservation in the western United States. These issues are now spreading across the country. Jerry will be an essential resource to our clients in navigating water issues, and opportunities involving water conservation and related renewable energy technologies.” 

Most recently, Dr. Sherk has served as the managing director of the Colorado Energy Research Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He also is an associate at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee in Scotland, and previously has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Wyoming College of Law and as a visiting professor at Georgia State University.

Next month, Dr. Sherk will commence a new position as chief operating officer of The International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide (IPAC-CO2) at the University of Regina, in Canada. IPAC-CO2 is in the process of developing performance assessment standards for carbon sequestration technologies.

According to Dr. Sherk, “Issues relating to both water conservation and the implementation of alternative energy technologies are complex and require an interdisciplinary approach involving both the scientific and legal communities.  Joining the firm in an of counsel capacity is exciting because the S&W environmental attorneys know and understand the scientific and technical issues that are inherent in statutory and regulatory requirements.”

Previously, Dr. Sherk served as a trial attorney with the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 1990, he has maintained a private law practice. Dr. Sherk has written numerous publications in the water and environmental industries, including Model Interstate Water Compact (with Jerome C. Muys, Sr. and Marilyn O'Leary) and Dividing the Waters: The Resolution of Interstate Water Conflicts in the United States.

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