Douglas E. Cloud



Office Address:
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E
Suite 900
Atlanta, GA 30309


Cornell Law School
(J.D., 1988)

Florida State University

Grinnell College
(B.A. with Honors)




Best Lawyers® 2019 Lawyer of the Year – Environmental Law – Atlanta

Best Lawyers® 2017 Lawyer of the Year – Litigation – Environmental – Atlanta

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation (2006–Present)

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007–Present)

Doug is one of the founding partners of KMCL Law. He defends clients in federal and state administrative and appellate proceedings, appears in critical agency rulemakings, supports in-house compliance training and audits, and advises on environmental risk in M&A, lending and real estate transactions. As an affiliate member of the Georgia Industry Environmental Coalition, he was a leading drafter of the Georgia Voluntary Remediation Program Act, including the related statutory and rule amendments of 2014.

Background & Education

A graduate of Cornell Law School, Doug has practiced law in Atlanta for over twenty-five years, most recently at Alston & Bird and before that at Jones Day. He is a past chair of the Environmental & Toxic Torts Section of the Atlanta Bar and the ABA Air Quality Reporter, EPA Region 4.

Honors & Recognition

Doug is a recognized, prominent environmental lawyer. Chambers USA describes him as providing “superlative legal skills, scientific knowledge, and regulatory awareness to further the interests of his clients in an always cooperative manner." Best Lawyers® designated him as the "Lawyer of the Year" in Atlanta in Environmental Law for 2019 and Environmental Litigation for 2017. He has been a frequent presenter on environmental topics.

Publication & Speaking

Doug has been a frequent speaker on topical environmental issues, including at the Georgia Environmental Conference on land protection and air quality, Coal-Gen and International Power-Gen Conferences, MBA CREF Convention on Environmental Due Diligence, EPA Region IV Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop, and has authored Clean Air Act articles in Mealey’s Pollution Liability Report and in the national Legal Times, and helped update the treatise, Law of Distressed Real Estate, Environmental Due Diligence.

Representative Experience

Successful appeal of EPA National Priorities List (NPL) listing; from rulemaking comments to ultimate vacatur by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Local counsel and member of winning international arbitration team involving a complex cleanup site in Georgia. Arbitral award in favor of client on all substantive issues.

Environmental counsel in private equity mergers involving one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers and converters of recycled paperboard products.

Propelled redevelopment of numerous brownfields and voluntary cleanup program sites in the U.S. by negotiating agreements among private parties and government agencies, and securing restrictive covenants, liability protections, and environmental insurance coverage.

Resolved private party cross-boundary contamination disputes.

Defended alleged NPDES and erosion and sedimentation violations by a developer. Settled with no work stoppage.

Represented client in combined federal and state enforcement actions for alleged excess air emissions by a manufacturer. Settled for a fraction of the penalty assessment.

Environmental counsel in $2 billion mixed use project involving post-closing remediation to obtain final regulatory closure

Helped achieve regulatory delisting of former industrial site from the Georgia Hazardous Sites Inventory.

Provided strategic counseling for indoor air quality disputes involving alleged mold exposure claims for a nationwide asset manager.

Guidance for environmental due diligence in divestiture of millions of acres of timberlands, including oil and gas carve-outs, and structuring of complex remediation mechanisms for impacted locations and innovative carbon sequestration allocations.