WHO WE ARE
Justin Newman, Vice President
Justin joined the firm as an associate in 2006 and became a name partner in 2017. During that time, Justin has worked to enforce environmental laws on behalf of those affected by pollution, including private individuals, small businesses, and environmental and labor organizations. These cases have been pursued under a variety of environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Justin is experienced in all aspects of complex litigation, from cross examining fact and expert witnesses to drafting and supervising the preparation of dispositive motions and appellate briefing – frequently on novel areas of environmental and tort law. He has particular skill and experience in tailoring litigation strategy to each client’s situation.
His recent leadership has helped the firm achieve for its clients: (1) a groundbreaking tort decision holding a major chemical company liable for its contamination of a drinking water supply; (2) the reversal and remand, on appeal, of a state air toxics rule, thereby requiring the agency to add potentially harmful chemicals to the rule; and (3) a Clean Air Act decision ensuring that a citizen suit could proceed to resolution despite efforts to use a government order as a “bar.”
Justin is licensed to practice law in Ohio, before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio and the Northern District of Ohio, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Before law school, he received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Wilmington College.
Justin lives in Loveland, Ohio with his wife and three children.
Robin Burgess, Associate
Robin graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, cum laude, in 2012 with a J.D. and from the University of Florida, with honors, in 2001 with a B.A. in environmental science. Before attending law school, she gained broad experience in environmental science and policy, working as an environmental regulator with the States of Florida and Missouri and as an environmental specialist in the energy industry.
Since joining the firm in 2012, Robin has played an important role in environmental enforcement litigation, including extensive experience drafting and responding to fact discovery, analyzing innovative environmental issues, and working directly with technical experts.
Robin is licensed to practice law in Florida (Inactive, Admitted 2012), Kentucky (Admitted 2013), Ohio (Admitted 2017), and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Admitted 2017) and is a member of The Florida Bar and the Kentucky Bar Association.
She lives in Bellevue, Kentucky with her husband and is an active member of the Bellevue Neighborhood Association, a charity that works to promote and preserve the historic character and beauty of Bellevue’s neighborhoods.
Amy J. Leonard, Senior Associate
Since joining the firm in 1988, Amy has focused her practice on representing neighborhood groups, citizens, environmental organizations and local governments to address pollution problems in their communities.
Amy served on the City of Cincinnati’s Environmental Advisory Committee for four years, and chaired the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers’ Environmental Law Committee from 1998-2000. She has published Environmental Secrecy in Ohio (Ohio Trial Magazine, 1998); and The Rise of Neo-Scientists Advocating for Polluters and the Laws that Deter Them (Tulane Environmental Law Journal, 2007).
Amy is licensed to practice law in Ohio and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio and the Northern District of Ohio, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Amy graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1988, where she served as the founding editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal; during that time she also clerked at the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment, and the energy law section of the Louisiana Attorney General’s office. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with highest honors.
Amy lives in Amelia with her husband and two children.
J. Michael Weber, Associate
Michael joined the firm as a lawyer in 2015. He earned his Bachelor in Environmental Science (2007) and J.D. at the University of Notre Dame (2015). In addition to addressing novel legal questions, Michael applies his education and experience in environmental science to analyze the complex issues posed by environmental contamination. And, his interest in legal and scientific technology has also helped move the firm to the front of the “citizen science” information revolution taking place in environmental law.
Michael is licensed to practice in the State of Ohio and the Southern District of Ohio. He enjoys living in downtown Cincinnati.
Joyce Currin, Legal Assistant
Joyce is a seasoned Legal Assistant who has been with AltmanNewman for over a decade. Her keen eye and attention to detail, combined with her extensive experience and enthusiasm make her a valuable asset to each project and every client.
Anne Altman, Finance
After an extensive career as a finance specialist in the municipal bond industry, Anne joined AltmanNewman to assist with accounting and other fiscal responsibilities. She is a native of the area and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Anne lives with Dave in Hyde Park. When not working, Anne is thoroughly enjoying her first grandchild.
Jennifer O’Donnell, Paralegal
Jennifer came to the firm in 2003 with two decades of experience as a community organizer, primarily on environmental and energy issues in Ohio.
Since joining the firm as a paralegal, her role includes research; interviewing potential witnesses; aiding attorneys in discovery and trial preparation; monitoring environmental issues relevant to the practice; and assisting in local and statewide environmental advocacy. Jennifer served for five years as communications director and legislative aide for former Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, where she specialized in environmental initiatives, including legislation that led to the city’s enhanced curbside recycling program, and the electricity buying group program, which provides green electricity and savings to city residents and small businesses while abating approximately 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. She returned to the firm in 2014.
Jennifer is a graduate of Case Western University. She lives in Westwood.