Carolyn M. Brown


Clients view Carolyn, who chairs the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, as an invaluable resource. Her practice focuses on all areas of environmental law and includes counseling on regulatory requirements, permitting and transactional issues as well as environmental litigation. She spends a significant amount of time dealing with air permitting and compliance issues, water discharge permitting and compliance issues, as well as waste management and site remediation matters.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 1982)
    • Staff, Kentucky Law Journal; Order of the Coif; Moot Court Board
  • University of Kentucky  (B.S., 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


  • Kentucky Bar Association (Environment, Energy & Resources Section)
  • Texas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Advisory Panel; Section of Environment, Energy and Resources)
  • Board of Directors, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Program Planning Committee, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Chair, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Energy & Environment Council
  • Past Chair, Environment, Energy & Resources Section, Kentucky Bar Association


  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Environment – Kentucky
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Lexington Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year”, 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Lexington Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year”, 2013
  • Selected for Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, 2013
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List, “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky”
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List, “Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky”
  • Leading Women in Central Kentucky
  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association Life Fellow
  • Chair, U.S. Magistrate Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court E.D. Ky., 2014
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell