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For more than twenty-five years, Ron has represented clients in the public and private sectors with respect to environmental law matters and related policy issues.

“Ron’s intimate knowledge of environmental regulations and enforcement policy along with his experience with both state and federal regulators has made him an invaluable resource for both our clients and our company in negotiating environmental compliance and strategy issues.”

Ron has worked with and for members of Congress, State legislatures, and public commissions and departments in an effort to develop and implement reasonable policies and solutions to various issues, both individual and general in nature.

Ron’s practice concentrates in the areas of Environmental and Administrative law. He counsels and represents clients on a wide variety of environmental permitting, compliance and regulatory enforcement matters and on environmental due diligence aspects of real estate and brownfield transactions. He has represented a wide range of clients, large and small, public and private, with particularized needs including industrial recruitment, site selection, construction on greenfield and brownfield sites, expansions and transfers as well as ongoing compliance requirements and response to enforcement actions. Ron is a contributing author to the firm's Env...


What is your favorite thing about the law? 
That the law evolves and can reward well-reasoned thought.

What community projects are you involved in? 
I serve on the Board of Directors of the Downtown YMCA in Birmingham. I have been involved as a volunteer advisor to the Alabama Environmental Management Commission in the Commission’s efforts to revise policies and procedures of the State’s Department of Environmental Management.

What was your first job? 
Short order cook.

What are your hobbies? 
Hunting and fishing.

What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Recognize and appreciate the importance of a basic course like civil procedure and take a trial advocacy class. The former introduces and helps develop an appreciation of the significant role of procedural process in almost all aspects of the law, and the latter helps with organization and thinking skills.

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  • “Ron has been an extremely valuable resource to our company.  His knowledge, attention to detail, and professionalism has resulted in our company’s trust in his abilities to support our operations and needs as they have arisen.”

    - Jason Nimmer, ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC

  • "Ron has provided us with outstanding results-oriented service for many years.  We value his knowledge and keen insight into identifying the best path forward.  He is a trusted member of our team."

    -M. Fred Strauss, P.G., Tenaska, Inc.

  • “Ron Farley is our company's go-to attorney for environmental law matters. He consistently provides us with timely, thoughtful and practical legal advice to ensure our company complies with applicable environmental laws. Ron's technical and industry knowledge is exemplary. Ron works extremely well with the lay people, including engineers, in our company. In short, Ron is a valued and trusted partner to our business.”

    - Automobile OEM in Alabama

  • "Ron's extensive knowledge of both State and Federal environmental statutes and regulations enables him to provide timely and thoughtful responses to our inquires."

    - Ben Thomas, Jr., Environmental Manager, Environmental Engineering Department, Engineering Division, AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company