Partner David Shorr Named an American College of Environmental Lawyers Fellow


Oct. 29, 2020 – The American College of Environmental Lawyers announced its newly-elected Fellows for 2020 and selected Lathrop GPM Partner David A. Shorr among the 28 lawyers to receive the designation.

In its announcement, the ACOEL stated Shorr was among those selected based upon his “many years of substantial contributions to the field of environmental law,” and his “high standards of practice.” ACOEL President Andrew Field said, "The twenty-eight lawyers elected as Fellows to the College this year have earned this recognition based on the numerous contributions that — over many years — they have made in diverse areas of environmental law and policy.”

Shorr is Partner in Charge of the firm’s Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo., offices and a member of the Environmental & Tort Practice Group. He represents clients in regulatory environmental, energy and utility matters and handles complex cases involving the scope of legal authority and government public policy. Shorr is considered a noted authority on regulatory matters pertaining to water, renewable energy and conversation, including the ecological impacts of the Missouri River basin, wastewater, air and solid, hazardous and infectious waste issues, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Endangered Species Act. He is also a registered Missouri lobbyist and an appointed stakeholder representing Waterway Industries on the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee and has worked on issues relating to the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers for more than two decades.

Prior to joining the firm, Shorr was the director of environmental quality for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and served on the cabinet of Missouri’s late Governor Mel Carnahan as well as Missouri Director of Environmental Quality for former Attorney General John Ashcroft when he was the governor of Missouri.

The ACOEL is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. Membership into the ACOEL is by invitation-only and extended to those recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members are dedicated to “maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.”