Lisa Gilbreath and Ryan Kelley Named Pierce Atwood Partners

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to announce that firm attorneys Lisa A. Gilbreath and Ryan F. Kelley have become partners in the firm.

Lisa Gilbreath works on a wide range of environmental and energy matters, representing clients on energy project development permitting, energy and environmental litigation, air quality legislative and regulatory activities, air quality enforcement, chemical safety, hazardous substances and hazardous waste management, and contaminated property remediation and cleanup. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood Lisa was a senior managing associate in the New York office of Dentons US LLP.

Lisa received her J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law, where she is a member of the Order of the Coif and also received a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She received her M.A. in Social Science from University of Chicago, and graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Government/Legal Studies and Environmental Studies.

Ryan Kelley provides legal counsel to financial institutions and public and private companies regarding debt and equity financings, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. Ryan regularly represents secured creditors, trade creditors, landlords, sellers and acquirers of distressed assets and entities, and others in workouts and restructurings, liquidations, and collection actions. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Ryan clerked for the Honorable John C. Cook, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and previously for the Honorable John S. Dalis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia. 

Ryan graduated from Boston College Law School and received his B.A. magna cum laude from Boston College where he majored in History and Philosophy and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ryan also attended the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  

Pierce Atwood managing partner David E. Barry states, “Lisa’s ability to advise clients in matters that intersect environmental and energy law is relatively unique and highly valued by firm clients. Ryan’s depth and breadth of experience equips him with valuable insights for clients navigating a wide and complex range of financing transactions.  Lisa and Ryan are extraordinarily talented and creative lawyers, and we are pleased to welcome them both to the firm’s partnership.”