Carlota Hopinks-Baul: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Carlota Hopinks-Baul

St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Environmental & Chemical Regulation
  • Information Management
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Remediation & Superfund
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.480.1883
Fax: 314.480.1505
University The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1995
Law SchoolCreighton University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
Admitted2007, Nebraska; 2009, Missouri; 2010, Illinois; 2007, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 2011, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Illinois State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Council, 2011-2013

LanguagesSpanish, fluent

As a member of the Food & Agribusiness industry team, Coty concentrates her practice in the area of environmental law and advises clients on permitting and enforcement defense, environmental, safety and health compliance and environmental liabilities in commercial transactions. She represents clients in the agricultural, mining, specialty chemical manufacturing, transportation, energy and communications industries, as well as financial institutions and municipalities.

Coty's experience in the food and agribusiness industry includes representation of agriculture seed, fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers, and food processing and distribution companies. She has advised her clients on a broad range of water, air, waste, and health and safety matters. She also has experience with developing compliance plans and responding to government information requests.

Before practicing law, Coty worked for several years in the public and private sectors in environmental testing and quality control and developed practical technical knowledge and abilities that inform her practice through her public works, municipal waste management and public utility (including industrial wastewater regulation) experience.

Awards and Recognitions
•The Missouri Bar, Young Lawyers Section, Pro Bono Award, 2012
•Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012

•Provided environmental compliance advice to food processors, transportation, and various manufacturing clients regarding discharges to surface water and groundwater, assisting clients in obtaining federal pollution discharge and Army Corps of Engineers permits by preparing applications, appealing adverse decisions, and negotiating with regulators.
•Counseled large international agricultural and chemical manufacturing clients regarding environmental compliance audits and disclosure of violations, applicability of occupational safety and hazardous waste regulations, responding to investigation and enforcement notices, and compliance with permits and consent orders.
•Advised domestic and foreign food product manufacturers and processors as well as chemical manufacturers on pesticide-related regulatory requirements.
•Assisted large financial institution and transportation clients with evaluating environmental liabilities in significant commercial transactions.
•Assisted large chemical manufacturing clients with complying with state programs governing the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites.

Business Insights

Business Insights
8.06.14 Understanding FDA's Post-FSMA Authority to Access Records
Food & Agribusiness Blog
7.08.13 Increased Regulatory Burdens for the Use of Aquatic Pesticides
Food & Agribusiness Alert
5.23.12 Sackett Decision: More Eyes Watching the EPA
3.01.12 New Section 31 Enforcement Procedures, Illinois State Bar Association's Environmental Law
4.13.11 Passing the Cleanup Buck To Uncle Sam, Law360
3.22.11 The Federal Government Found Liable Under CERCLA as a Result of its Oversight of Federal Mining Leases
1.14.11 Covered Mining Pits Are Not Point Sources
9.16.10 Stormwater From Roads May Be Point Source Discharges

In The News
10.26.12 The Missouri Bar Recognizes Two Husch Blackwell Pro Bono Advocates
News Release
1.12.09 Carlota Hopinks-Baul Relocates from Omaha to St. Louis
News Release


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Understanding FDA’s Post-FSMA Authority to Access Records
Carlota Hopinks-Baul, August 18, 2014
As FDA exercises its inspection authority under section 201 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”), it’s important to understand what records inspectors can/can’t ask for and to respond to overreaching with tact.
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Carlota Hopinks-Baul

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441


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