Irma Espino MacLean is proud to work for Baron & Budd, one of the largest and oldest firms in the United States that specializes in environmental litigation. As a member of the Environmental Litigation Group, Ms. Espino MacLean represents private and public entities in litigation to recover costs of removing chemical contaminants from public water supplies, governmental facilities, natural resources and public property. In this role, Ms. Espino MacLean is a tenacious advocate for clients impacted by environmental disasters and chemical contamination.

Contamination affects a broad spectrum of victims. As such, Ms. Espino MacLean represents a variety of private clients including real estate developers and small businesses, as well as publicly traded companies and others whose businesses and multimillion dollar investments suffered damage due to environmental contamination.

Through her tireless advocacy, Irma Espino MacLean fights from the start of case investigation through completion of the appeals process to ensure a satisfactory resolution for those harmed by environmental contamination. She has extensive experience in mass torts, multi-district litigation and class-action proceedings. In 2016, the Environmental Litigation Group and Ms. Espino MacLean were part of a legal consortium that reached a $1 billion settlement to compensate cities, counties and local governments across the Gulf Coast for economic damages caused by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

Through her work with the Group, Ms. Espino MacLean also represents public water providers and other entities in litigation involving chemicals that contaminate water supplies and property, including trichloroethylene (TCE), a nonflammable, colorless and highly toxic solvent, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a group of hazardous lubricants used in electrical equipment. In addition to her tenacity as a litigator, Irma Espino MacLean’s creativity in problem-solving has been an asset to her clients in helping to achieve satisfactory resolution of their cases. Most recently, Ms. Espino MacLean was part of a team that successfully attained a multi-million dollar settlement in an environmental contamination matter before a lawsuit was even filed.

Ms. Espino MacLean earned her juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2007, graduating cum laude, and her bachelor in arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with high honors. She has served as Chair of Communications for the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) and on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Ms. Espino MacLean has litigated cases in several federal courts, including the Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.

When she isn’t fighting for the rights of her clients, Irma Espino MacLean enjoys testing her mettle with outdoor fitness challenges. She recalls a hike up Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, as particularly dynamic. “My joy of the great outdoors reminds me why I fight so hard for preservation of the environment in my work”.


Publications

  • “Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice,” American Bar Association, (2007, 2008 and 2009).
  • “Overview of Civil Liability in Georgia,” Hispanic American Commission on Economic Development (HACED) (2008-2009).

Education

University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 2007, cum laude)

University of Texas at Austin (B.A. Economics 2002, high honors)

The National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (Certificate of Qualification 2014)

Bar & Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Professional Associations

American Bar Association, Member

Georgia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors (2010-2011), Environmental Law Section (2015-present)

Georgia Bar Association of Women Lawyers, Board of Directors, Communications Chair (2009-2011)

Canadian Bar Association, Member (articling)

Languages

Spanish