Environmental Attorney R. Timothy Weston to Receive PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award

HARRISBURG (March 14, 2019) — R. Timothy Weston, an environmental litigation and counseling partner at K&L Gates in Harrisburg, will be honored with the 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Environmental and Energy Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award during the Environmental Law Forum, April 3 and 4, at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers.

The award honors contributions made to the section and general efforts that enhance the development, improvement and furtherance of the practice of environmental law that benefit the community or represent outstanding personal achievement.

Weston began his career 47 years ago and is considered by many in the environmental bar to be a leading expert on water law in Pennsylvania. He has litigated and won numerous precedent-setting cases on behalf of public water supply systems, industries and state governments regarding water rights, stormwater liabilities and water quality issues. In 2001, Weston was awarded the Samuel Baxter Memorial Award by the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin for his lifetime contributions to water management in the mid-Atlantic region.

A founding partner of K&L Gates’ Harrisburg office, Weston’s practice involves a broad spectrum of complex project development, transactional, infrastructure privatization and public-private partnership projects, regulatory and environmental permitting, and litigation matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Weston served for eight years as assistant attorney general for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER), providing counsel for a wide range of natural resource and environmental protection programs, including the Pennsylvania State Water Plan and water resource management activities. From 1979 to 1987, Weston served as associate deputy secretary for Resources Management in the DER, and as commissioner on the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basin Commissions. During his tenure with DER, Weston was actively involved in the development of significant environmental legislation. 

In addition, Weston was instrumental in the development of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and currently sits on its Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, of which he is a former chair. He served as chair of the Statewide Water Resources Committee created under the Pennsylvania Water Resources Planning Act and is a member of the Citizens Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Weston is a member of the PBA and its Environmental and Energy Law Section, as well as the American and Dauphin County bar associations.

An accomplished speaker and author, Weston has spoken about and published numerous law review articles in the field of environmental regulation and natural resources management.

Weston received a B.A. from the University of California in 1969 and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1972.

Offering up to 12 substantive and 2 ethics CLE credits, the Environmental Law Forum will feature updates on energy, conventional land developments, environmental litigation, changing laws, developing legislation, new technologies and more. For more information, visit http://www.pbi.org/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=29886.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state's largest organized bar association.