Hunton & Williams LLP announces with great sadness the death of environmental law pioneer George C. Freeman Jr. He died on Monday, June 26, at the age of 88. Following a long career representing investor-owned utilities and testifying before congressional committees and regulatory agencies, Freeman long ago established himself as one of the nation’s most influential and widely recognized environmental lawyers.

“George was not only the father of the firm’s energy and environmental practices but he also played an extraordinary role in the emergence of modern environmental law,” said F. William Brownell, partner at Hunton & Williams and former head of the firm’s executive committee. “He was one of the first lawyers in the United States to license a privately owned nuclear power reactor, and he served as environmental counsel for the power industry for 40 years.”

Read the full Hunton & Williams statement  and “George Clemon Freeman Jr., retired partner of Hunton Williams who founded its energy and environmental practices, dies at 88,” Richmond Times Dispatch, June 30.