Dennis H. Treacy JD ’83
Dennis H. Treacy JD ’83, a member of Reed Smith LLP’s Virginia government relations team and the 2010 Lewis & Clark Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate, has been elected to membership in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Treacy has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. He served as the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and as assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Virginia Attorney General’s office. At Smithfield Foods, he served as president of the Smithfield Foundation, where he is currently on the board, and as executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for the company. In these roles, he directed many areas, including government affairs, corporate communications, environmental programs, sustainability initiatives, charitable giving, and the legal department. Treacy serves or has served on dozens of state and national boards and commissions. He is a past board chair of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and chairs VIRGINIAforever, an environmental organization with members from businesses and natural resource and environmental groups. He also is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. “I am honored to be elected as a Fellow to the American College of Environmental Lawyers,” said Treacy. “It is a privilege to join this distinguished group of environmental attorneys.”
Dennis H. Treacy JD ’83, who recently retired as executive vice president and chief sustainability officer of Smithfield Foods, joined Reed Smith LLP as senior counsel in its government relations and administrative law group in Richmond, Virginia. Treacy, who also was president of the Smithfield Foundation, is rector of Virginia Tech’s board of visitors and past chair the Virginia Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Previously, he was director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Treacy currently chairs VIRGINIAforever, an organization that advocates increased state funding for water quality and land conservation. In 2010, Lewis & Clark named him a Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate.