W. Blaine Early  III - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

W. Blaine Early III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

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.

DePauw UniversityBA 1976University of LouisvillePh.D. 1988University of Kentucky College of LawJ.D. 1996
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationFayette County Bar AssociationKentucky Academy of Science

Case History

Mining Operatings — Defending mineral mining operations against citizens' suits alleging unauthorized water pollution
Wastewater Discharge Permits
  • Defending power plant's wastewater discharge permit against citizens' challenge 
  • Led the legal team on behalf of a major metropolitan area to challenge a wastewater discharge permit upstream of the city's drinking water intake and to protect upstream source water 
Surety Companies — Part of the legal team for surety companies addressing bankruptcy, mine reclamation, black lung and workers compensation issues 
Agriculture Producers — Counsel to major animal agriculture producers in litigation and compliance with environmental laws including Clean Water Act, CERCLA, EPCRA, waste and common law nuisance 
Toxic Materials — Defending manufacturers in actions alleging exposure to toxic materials such as lead in the workplace and homes 

Office Location

250 West Main Street, Suite 2300
Lexington, KY 40507-1758
United States

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Counseling, Environmental Permitting, Litigation, Mining, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation, Toxic Tort, Water Rights, Wetlands)
Water Law (Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Transactions, Water Quality, Water Resources Development, Water Rights, Wetlands)

Other Information

Gender: Male