Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr.

Chairman at Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr.

Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr.

Chairman at Morris, Manning & Martin LLP


Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr. is the Chairman of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. A Senior Partner in the firm, he also heads the Environmental, Infrastructure and Land Use Practice. His primary focus is the acquisition, disposition and/or the redevelopment of properties with significant environmental impact (including state and federal superfund sites), mergers, investments and financing related to such properties and the development and implementation of green energy technologies and strategies. He lectures nationally on these topics.

Mr. Pouncey has led efforts in the financing, acquisition, redevelopment and regulatory closure of numerous industrial properties, mines and landfills throughout the United States including a former wood treating facility in South Florida, a former airplane manufacturing facility in New York, former Department of Defense facilities, several former automobile assembly facilities across the country, a former granite mine in Maryland, a former chrome ore smelting facility in South Carolina, a former oil field in California and numerous other similar projects. Included with these projects is the Atlantic Station Redevelopment in Atlanta, a project that was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the nation’s best Brownfield redevelopment. Mr. Pouncey has also led efforts in the expansion and redevelopment of various port facilities. He has served as lead negotiator for industry (both foreign and domestic) considering locating in the Southeast. Mr. Pouncey’s practice also encompasses all of the facets of design, development and construction of sustainable buildings, renewable energy facilities, including various LEED certified developments.

Mr. Pouncey served as a legislative appointee to the Commission formed to review reauthorization of Georgia’s Hazardous Waste Trust Fund. As part of this legislative committee, he was the principal author of Georgia’s new brownfield legislation. Mr. Pouncey is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council for Quality Growth organization. He is a Board Member of the North Georgia Water Management District. Mr. Pouncey also serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the national Environmental Subcommittee of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Pouncey is a contributing author to the American Bar Association publication, Brownfields, A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property.

Mr. Pouncey has been voted as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and honored as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" by Atlanta magazine. Mr. Pouncey is listed as Who’s Who in the Law by Atlanta Business Chronicle. He was selected by his peers as one of Georgia Trend's Legal Elite and as a member of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Environmental Law. The Best Lawyers in America also named him Environmental Lawyer of the Year for 2017. He was also honored by the National Law Journal in 2016 as an Energy and Environmental Trailblazer.

Representative Experience

* Since its inception, served as lead environmental counsel for the Atlantic Station project, which is the nation’s largest brownfield redevelopment, including acquisition and redevelopment of the project.
* Served as lead negotiator for locating the 1 billion dollar Toyo Tire facility in Georgia.
* Served as environmental counsel to Jacoby Development in Jacoby’s acquisition of the former Ford Auto Assembly Plant in Hapeville, Georgia, a 130 acre Brownfield south of Atlanta.


* Named, Environmental Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America (2017-2019)
* Named, National Law Journal’s Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2016
* Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, top lawyer in Environmental Law (2007 – 2018)
* Named, The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law (2007-2017)
* Selected, Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta magazine (2004-2018)
* Selected by his peers as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite
* Listed, Who’s Who in the Law by Atlanta Business Chronicle
* Law Clerk to Honorable James C. Hill, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1985-86)


* Board of Directors, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
* Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Walker School
* Chairman of the Board of Directors, Council for Quality Growth
* Board Member, North Georgia and Metropolitan Atlanta Water Management District
* Member, Regional Leadership Institute, Atlanta Regional Commission
* Member, Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Environmental & Energy Committee
* Member, International Council of Shopping Centers National Environmental & Energy Committee
* Executive Committee Member, National Brownfield Association (Georgia)
* Atlanta Bar Association, Past Board Member and Chair of the Environmental and Toxic Tort Section
* Officer, National Environmental Subcommittee for the International Council of Shopping Centers
* Executive Committee Member and Board Member for the Council for Quality Growth
* Environmental Committee for the Atlanta Chapter of the Urban Land Institute

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Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Georgia Chamber of Commerce

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The University of Georgia School of Law (also referred to as Georgia Law) is a graduate school of the University of Georgia. Founded in 1859 and located in Athens, Georgia.


Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama, United States. With more than 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty members, it is one of the largest universities in the state. Auburn was chartered on February 7, 1856, as the East Alabama Male College, a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1872, the college became the state's first public land-grant university under the Morrill Act and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1892, the college became the first four-year coeducational school in the state. The curriculum at the university originally focused on arts and agriculture. This trend changed under the guidance of Dr. William Leroy Broun, who taught classics and sciences and believed both disciplines were important in the overall growth of the university and the individual. The college was renamed the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) in 1899, largely because of Dr. Broun’s influence. The college continued expanding, and in 1960 its name was officially changed to Auburn University to acknowledge the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university. In 1964, under Federal Court mandate AU admitted its first African American Student. It had been popularly known as "Auburn" for many years. Auburn is among the few American universities designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research center.

Member, Atlanta Regional Commission
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Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is an award-winning full service law firm with national and international reach. Morris, Manning & Martin was founded in Atlanta in 1976 and has grown into an Am Law 200 law firm with more than 180 lawyers. Their clients range from national real estate development firms to emerging technology companies to international conglomerates. The firm’s Atlanta office is consistently ranked by Chambers USA and Legal 500 as among the leading law firms in Atlanta and Georgia.


Established by Congress in 1981, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit has jurisdiction over federal cases originating in the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The circuit includes nine district courts with each state divided into Northern, Middle and Southern Districts. In terms of cases filed and terminated by three-judge panels, the court is the busiest federal appellate court in the United States with its twelve authorized judgeships. Approximately three-fourths of the court's cases are decided on the briefs submitted by the parties, while the remaining cases include oral argument. Oral arguments are held in the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia and are open to the public. Oral arguments are also held in Florida (Jacksonville and Miami) and Alabama (Montgomery).

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Executive Committee Member (Georgia)
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Prior - 2015

The Walker School, Inc. is a private company headquartered in Marietta, GA, that provides academic services.

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Atlanta Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in the southeast with a membership of over 6000 members from twelve counties throughout the metro Atlanta region. The Atlanta Bar has earned a national reputation for successful and innovative programs. Our mission is to promote professionalism and the fair administration of justice in our community, while also providing quality programs and benefits to our diverse membership.

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Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area
IMN 1st Annual Atlanta Bank & Financial Institutions Special Asset Executive Conference on Real Estate Workouts

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