Donald D. J. Stack, Attorney
Don Stack brings to the law a knowledge of and respect for the environment developed during a career spanning more than three decades. Following graduation in 1975 from the State University at Geneseo in the Finger Lakes region of New York with a B.S. in Biology, he worked as a laboratory technician while taking post graduate work in environmental field biology at SUNY Binghamton.
Returning east, he worked as a Law Enforcement and Boat Patrol Ranger on the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta while he attended law school. After graduation from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986, he joined Lord, Bissell and Brook, where he was involved with environmental law issues arising from railroad operations. He also worked as Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1988 - 1989. There he represented the Agency in matters involving federal facilities compliance, Safe Drinking Water Act enforcement, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act prosecutions and National Environmental Policy Act issues. In 1990, Don was asked to join Constangy, Brooks Smith where he created and developed the firm's environmental law practice area.
Recognizing a void in legal representation available to Mom and Pop businesses as well as individuals and non-profit organizations, in 1993 Don established his own law firm, designed to represent those entities who desired to ensure compliance with environmental regulations both for themselves and for their companies or organizations. Stack & Associates, P.C., focuses on plaintiffs' work, representing individuals, citizens' organizations, neighborhood associations and businesses in their efforts to protect and preserve the beauty and natural resources of the Southeast as well as their own individual properties.
The firm's expansion over the past fifteen years is a reflection of the growing demand for focused areas of practice: environmental, toxic torts, land use and zoning litigation. Don has served as legal counsel for innumerable citizens' groups, including the Wildwood Urban Forest Group, the Sandfly Betterment Association, Save Our Sandfly, the Darien Neighborhood Association, the South River Gardens Community Association and the Powers' Crossroads Neighborhood Association just to name a few. Stack & Associates also provides legal counsel to Altamaha Riverkeeper, Satilla Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Rabun County Coalition, Walton Oconee Morgan Environmental Group, Wilderness Watch, and other environmental advocacy organizations. Don is a member of numerous environmental advocacy organizations, including the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Sierra Club, the Georgia Conservancy, and others. In addition to being past president of the Georgia River Network, he served as the past president of the Canoochee Riverkeeper, an organization which he helped to create and found. Don was recent past Board Chairman and President of the Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper, which he helped found--a newly established organization formed from the merger of the Canoochee Riverkeeper and Friends of the Ogeechee River.
Don was honored by the Georgia Environmental Council as its Outstanding Environmental Professional of the Year in 2003, and has been voted by his colleagues in the State Bar of Georgia as a Georgia Super Lawyer every year for the last five years, since the inception of that program. In 2006, Don was honored to receive the Ogden Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law.
Don has spoken at numerous seminars and CLE events on environmental, toxic torts, land use and zoning law, including the semi-annual State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section seminar, the Council of Superior Court Judges, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the American Association of Apparel Manufacturers.
Don is married to Ann Marie Ernst Stack, a native of Savannah who is herself a noted environmental lawyer and partner at Bouhan, Williams & Levy. Together, they are the very active parents of five children ranging in ages from 3 to 15. In the little bit of spare time that he has, he likes to hike, kayak, read and relax.
|Education:||University of Arizona B.S.|
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia 1986
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia 1986
U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia 1986
U.S. Supreme Court 2001
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit 1986
Daniel A. Metzler v. Steven Rowell, Rochelle Routman, and the Wildwood Urban Forest Group 2001
Driscoll v. Adams 1999
Sierra Club, et al. v. George Martin, et al. 1999
Tyler v. Lincoln 1999
Tyler v. Lincoln 2000
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