Alan McConnell provides environmental representation, counseling and litigation services on a wide range of legislative, administrative and regulatory matters in the field of environmental law, with a particular emphasis on the Clean Air Act. Other areas of his practice include solid and hazardous waste regulation (including CERCLA, RCRA and state solid and hazardous waste programs), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Clean Water Act (including the regulation of wetlands and water resource allocation issues), the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65), occupational safety and health issues, land use issues, and environmental liabilities attendant to corporate transactions.

Mr. McConnell has extensive experience with state and federal environmental and administrative laws, with special emphasis on the regulation of air pollution. He has assisted industrial clients with stationary source air quality permitting (both Title V and state permits) and enforcement matters throughout the nation. Mr. McConnell has also represented numerous clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the appeal of final U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules promulgated under Titles I (stationary sources) and II (mobile sources) of the Clean Air Act.

Mr. McConnell is listed in the 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law and he is listed as #1 in the 2016 and 2017 editions. Mr. McConnell was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law in 2018 and the ten years immediately preceding. He was also recognized as a 2017 "Raleigh Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Environmental Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. McConnell was named to Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" list in 2009 and 2010 as one of North Carolina's top environmental attorneys and was recognized as a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in 2010, and again in 2017 and the five years immediately preceding, for Environmental Law by Super Lawyers magazine. He was named by International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Environmental Law in 2011.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Natural Resources Law Section, Member

Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association, Member

Habitat for Humanity, 2013 CEO Construction Crew, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Administrative Law Section and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Member

North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, Environmental Concerns Committee, Member, Air Quality Subcommittee, Co-Chair

North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Air Toxics Working Group, Member


  • George Washington University, J.D. (1988)
  • University of Georgia, B.S., Forest Resources (1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia (1988)
  • District of Columbia (1988)
  • North Carolina (1991)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Who We Are

Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
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Alan H. McConnell

Experience Highlights

Counsel to international specialty chemical manufacturer on air quality issues
Represented an international specialty chemical manufacturer on a variety of air quality issues, including legal advice regarding a major enforcement more
Environmental services for largest trade organization in the home furnishings industry
Serves as national environmental counsel to world's largest and most influential trade organization serving the home furnishings industry, where we more
Englander v. Bassett Furniture Industries Inc., et al.
Achieved a settlement on behalf of Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. in litigation brought against Bassett and over 150 other furniture more
Environmental compliance for multinational manufacturer
Represents a multinational manufacturer of chemicals, glass, fiberglass and coatings by providing environmental legal services. We provide more