Dr. Early's Ph.D. in Biology and experience as a college professor help set him apart as an environmental lawyer, where technical expertise is an important complement to the practice of law. His legal practice is a broad approach to environmental law that includes a focus on water and land issues, agriculture, natural resources and energy, and the intersection of surety law and environmental regulatory matters. He counsels clients on environmental compliance and environmental considerations in real estate and business transactions and is active in civil and administrative litigation.
Compliance With Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Regulations and Unusual Stormwater Conditions
The Remains of Water Quality Regulation
Best Practices in Sustainability: Zero Waste, Cradle-to-Cradle, Life Cycle Assessment
Current Issues and Perspectives on SMCRA Reclamation Bonding
14th Annual Kentucky Environmental Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Lexington, Ky., February 10, 2016
The Goods, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, May 2015
Stormwater is Everyone's Challenge
The Goods, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, January 2015
Waters, waters everywhere: Does the proposed definition of waters of the United States expand the Clean Water Act's reach?
Trends, Vol. 46 No. 2, published by the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, November/December 2014
Facing High-Tide Successfully: Getting Stormwater Policies Put into Practice
17th Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting & Reporting Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, August 20, 2014
17th Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting & Reporting Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, August 19, 2014
From Production to Market
Kentucky Regulatory Changes in Water Quality Standards
Development of Kentucky Water Laws
2013 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual Environmental Permitting & Reporting Conference, August 21, 2013
Legal and tax issues for energy generation in Kentucky
Natural resources law update: Issues in surface mining
Water-related initiatives concerning central Appalachian coal mining
Reclamation Bonds, The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds
Trends in Water Quality Issues for Appalachian Mining
The Balancing Act of Biofuels
Intergovernmental Cooperating and Coercion in Environmental Law
Kentucky Water Laws and Regulations
Environmental/Reclamation Financial Assurances: Back to the Future
56th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institute, Banff, Alberta, Canada, July 22-24, 2010
Big Waters: Everyone's Resource but Whose Responsibility?
Property Rights in a Sustainable World: More than Minerals and Surface
Biofuel Production and Water Quality
Toilet to Tap and the Clean Water Act
Newsletter of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, April 2008
Carbon Concerns: Law, Policy, and Business
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed: The Marriage of Nuisance and Environmental Regulation
Mold Litigation & Risk Management
The Blending of Bankruptcy and Environmental Law Issues
Managing Risks of Mold
Ethics Committee, Member
Lexington Environmental Commission, Vice-Chair
Bluegrass Tomorrow, Executive Board
Upper Cumberland River Watershed Watch, Board Member and Pro-Bono Legal Counsel
Watershed Watch in Kentucky, Inc., Board Member
Law is Blaine's second career. He served on the biology faculty of Cumberland College (now the University of the Cumberlands) in Williamsburg, Ky., from 1979 until 1993, chairing the department (1984 to 1993) and earning the rank of full professor. Prior to joining the firm in September 1998, Blaine was Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Jennifer B. Coffman, United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, in London, Kentucky. Blaine is current vice-chair of the Lexington Environmental Commission and is a member of the Executive Board of Bluegrass Tomorrow. He is a member of the board and pro-bono legal counsel for the Upper Cumberland River Watershed Watch and is a member of the board of the state-wide organization Watershed Watch in Kentucky, Inc. Blaine is a fomer member of the Board of Trustees of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. He is a former chair of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources; former chair of the Natural Resources Section of the Kentucky Bar Association; and, a former president of the Kentucky Academy of Science.
Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law, Environmental Law and Water Law (2007-19)
Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2016-19)
International Law Office and Lexology, Client Choice Award for Excellence in Client Service (2015)
Robert N. Clay President's Award, Bluegrass Tomorrow Awards Breakfast (2010)
Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246
The 28th Annual Sustainability and EHS Symposium is the one conference you’ll want to attend. Attendance will give you the competitive edge in meeting today’s complex regulatory challenges and help you manage differently in the changing business world.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.
LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney W. Blaine Early, III as Chair of the Energy & Environment Council. He will serve a two-year term.
Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
This is the one conference you'll want to attend. Attendance will give you the competitive edge in meeting today's complex regulatory challenges and help you manage differently in the changing business world.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 22 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2017 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.
Stites & Harbison attorneys Rick Vance, Brian Bennett, Blaine Early and Dustyn Jones discuss the regulatory climate under the Trump Administration in this presentation to a live audience at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky.
Stites & Harbison attorneys Rick Vance, Blaine Early, Chrisandrea Turner and Brian Pollock on Hot Topics in Banking and Real Estate Litigation.
As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it." This describes the current state of biofuels.
Blaine Early and Bill Gorton discuss the legal issues of mountaintop removal coal mining.