Patti Powell Named New Director of State Lands

Patti Powell has been named as Director of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) State Lands Division. Ms. Powell will oversee Division activities relating to all state-owned lands, including administering various leases and land management practices to generate revenue for the respective trusts.
The State Lands Division manages undeveloped state-owned lands, most of which are held in trust for specific purposes.
“We are very happy to have someone with Patti’s background and experience as our new Lands Director,” said Barnett Lawley, ADCNR Commissioner. “She has hit the road running and everyone in our Department is very glad that we made this appointment.”
Ms. Powell served as In-House Counsel and Vice President of Credit Quality for Guilford Capital Corporation in Montgomery, Ala., from 2000 to 2006. Guilford was acquired by Column, a Credit Suisse Company, in 2006 where Ms. Powell served as Vice President - Legal prior to joining ADCNR in late 2008. She replaces James H. Griggs, who retired in December 2008.
“As a native Alabamian, I take a great sense of pride in our state, and look forward to helping promote the stewardship of Alabama's natural resources,” said Ms. Powell. “I am also thankful for the unique opportunity to build upon Mr. Griggs’ impeccable reputation and dynamic leadership of the Division.”
Before moving to Montgomery in 2000 Ms. Powell, a native of Hoover, Ala., was a partner with Burr & Forman LLP, a law firm based in Birmingham, Ala., that serves national and international clients.
Ms. Powell is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s College of Communication and School of Law, and is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit