E. Peyton Nunez



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


Emory University School of Law
(J.D., with distinction, 1996)

(B.A., cum laude, 1993)




Past Chair. State Bar of Georgia’s Environmental Law Section

Georgia Trend Magazine, "Legal Elite" (2016-Present)

Chambers USA, "Leading Business Lawyers - Environment"

The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law (2016-Present)

Peyton Nunez advises corporations of all sizes on a broad range of environmental transactional, regulatory compliance, and litigation matters. She has substantial experience with federal environmental laws, including CERCLA/Superfund, the Clean Water Act, and RCRA, as well as their state counterparts. A significant part of her practice involves remediation of contaminated sites under various hazardous site, brownfields, and voluntary remediation programs.

Ms. Nunez works closely with real estate and corporate clients to oversee environmental due diligence, manage risk, and negotiate favorable contract terms and conditions. She also counsels clients on environmental compliance issues impacting every facet of their business, including permitting, spill reporting, chemical storage, waste disposal, underground storage tank management, facility audits, and agency inspections.

In addition to her transactional and compliance work, Ms. Nunez has litigated a broad range of environmental matters in Georgia and throughout the nation at the state, federal, and administrative levels, and has substantial experience defending clients in private party cost recovery actions, citizen suits, and government enforcement actions. She is a former chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Environmental Law Section.

Background & Education

Prior to joining KMCL, Peyton was the sole environmental attorney at Hartman Simons & Wood LLP, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm. She was previously a member of the environmental practice groups at Alston & Bird LLP and Taylor English Duma LLP.

Honors & Recognition

Past Chair, State Bar of Georgia’s Environmental Law Section

Georgia Trend Magazine, "Legal Elite" (2016-Present)

The Best Lawyers in America® - Environmental Law (2016)

Chambers USA, "Leading Business Lawyers - Environment"

Publication & Speaking

Don’t Take it Personally: Fiduciary Liability Under CERCLA, ABA Trust & Investments, January/February 2002

Is GEPA a Sword for Citizens or a Shield for the State? Recent Developments Under the Georgia

Environmental Policy Act, Georgia State Bar Environmental Law Section Newsletter, 2000

Cleaning Up the Confusion: Long Beach, Grand Trunk, and the Scope of Easement Holder Liability Under CERCLA, 45 Emory L.J. 805, 1996

Representative Experience

Successfully represented a developer in a multi-million-dollar litigation matter concerning the presence of methane under a residential complex in Atlanta

Served as outside counsel responsible for the day-to-day management of an international package delivery company’s environmental compliance and litigation matters

Advised former corporate shareholders post-merger in connection with the investigation and remediation of environmentally impacted properties, resulting in a significant financial return to clients

Represent large, publicly-traded corporations in CERCLA cost recovery actions in federal courts throughout the United States, including California, Texas, and New York