Robert R. Gelblum

Of Counsel

Rob Gelblum served as Counsel to the State of North Carolina’s Brownfields Program from its inception in 1997 until joining the Brice firm in April 2012. From 1992 to 2003, he served as Counsel to the state’s Superfund Program. Rob created the state’s first model documents for imposing residual-waste-related Land Use Restrictions at contaminated sites and served on a state environment department-wide task force that developed uniform remediation and institutional controls protocols for the state’s cleanup programs. From 1987 until 1991 when he moved to the Attorney General’s Office, Rob worked as an attorney for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, handling water quality, air quality, sedimentation, mining, well construction, forestry, parks & recreation, community development, and job training matters; from 1989 to 1991 he was principal Water Quality attorney.

Rob has served as Chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is a Vice Chair of the Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee of the ABA, authored the N.C. chapter of the ABA book “Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields” and served as reviewer of the introduction and the N.C. chapter of the ABA book “Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property.” Prior to his tenure with the State of North Carolina, he spent a year as an Assistant City Solicitor in Philadelphia working on child dependency and mental health matters, and a year as an associate with a plaintiff’s environmental law firm in Philadelphia. Prior to law school, Rob worked as a community organizer and as a musician. He received a B.A. in Anthropology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1972, and a Masters in City & Regional Planning and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1985. He is a former President of the UNC Department of City & Regional Planning’s Alumni Association. He was raised in the Philadelphia area, lived in Chapel Hill periodically from 1968 to 1985 and in Paris in the early 1970s, and has lived in Raleigh, then Carrboro since 1987. Rob and his wife, North Carolinian Mary Lou (a Ph.D. Special Educator who Rob met while both were UNC graduate students), have two sons who graduated from UNC. His community-related activities have included service on Raleigh’s Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee, and on the North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration Committee.

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