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)
    • Kentucky Law Journal, staff
    • Order of the Coif
    • Moot Court Board
  • University of Kentucky  (B.S., 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Texas (inactive)

Court Admissions

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


  • Texas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors
    • Energy & Environment Council, chair
  • Kentucky Bar Association 
    • Environment, Energy & Resources Section, past chair
    • Life fellow
  • American College of Environmental Lawyers, 
    • Program Planning Committee
    • Fellow
  • U.S. Magistrate Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, chair (2014)


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Environment – Kentucky
  • Best Lawyers®
    • “Lawyer of the Year” in Lexington for Litigation – Environmental (2013, 2014, 2020)
      • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ (2013)
      • Peer Review Rated AV
    • Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 
    • Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky
    • Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky
  • Leading Women in Central Kentucky