Megan is an environmental attorney with a national practice. As a member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team, she advises clients in a variety of sectors on regulations involving the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); the Endangered Species Act; and other statutes, as well as the state counterparts to these laws.
With varied experience in regulatory compliance programs, Megan guides companies through permitting issues, release reporting and issues they encounter in their day-to-day operations. She regularly addresses environmental issues in real estate transactions, including reviewing due diligence documents. When environmental violations are identified during internal compliance audits and inspections by governmental agencies, Megan reviews the audits, coordinates abatement steps, negotiates fines and handles resulting enforcement actions. She conducts environmental siting and permitting compliance reviews for renewable energy projects, such as wind and solar farms.
Megan also represents companies in complex environmental lawsuits throughout the various stages of litigation. She has taken depositions, coordinated extensive discovery efforts with large teams and played an integral role in trial preparations. Additionally, she facilitates environmental cleanup of contaminated sites nationwide, developing multistep waste management and remediation strategies, negotiating consent decrees, and managing liability risks.
Megan's technical science background in chemistry positions her well to advise clients that engage in chemical operations and lawsuits involving complex expert issues. Before joining the firm, Megan served as a research intern at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (2005), NASA's Ames Research Center (2004) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2002).
During law school, Megan served as a judicial intern for The Hon. Rodney W. Sippel for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
Awards and Recognitions
Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012
•Led state and local environmental permitting due diligence efforts on behalf of a Fortune 500 electric utility company and major lenders entering into financing deals for the 201-megawatt Post Rock wind project in Ellsworth, Lincoln and Rice Counties, Kan.; the 168-megawatt Ironwood wind project in Ford County, Kan.; the 165.6-megawatt Cimarron I wind project in Gray County, Kan.; the 131-megawatt Cimarron II wind project in Gray County, Kan.; and the 40.5-megawatt TPW Petersburg wind project in Boone County, Neb.
•Provides operational RCRA counseling to a Fortune 500 company operating the only elemental phosphorus production facility in the United States.
•Represents two international companies as plaintiffs in a high-profile Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution and cost recovery lawsuit involving PCB and lead contamination in Anniston, Ala.
•Defends a major manufacturer of marine compression-ignition engines in a federal lawsuit for alleged Clean Air Act violations arising out of the installation of engines in Navy T-AKE class vessels.
Winter 2014 Eat, Drink, but Be Wary: Plaintiffs' New Attack on Chemicals in the Food Chain, In-House Defense Quarterly, Defense Research Institute
Food & Agribusiness
9.10.13 EPA Issues Long-Awaited Rule Clarifying How to Manage Solvent-Contaminated Industrial Wipes
6.24.13 Chinks in the Armor of the Absolute Pollution Exclusion Clause Continue to Develop
Energy & Natural Resources ; Food & Agribusiness ; Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation
6.19.13 Wal-Mart Hazardous Waste Settlement Reveals Pitfalls of Managing Damaged or Returned Products
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation
6.19.13 Redeveloping Manufacturing Property, Colorado Real Estate Journal
Real Estate, Development & Construction
6.15.11 Environmental Law 101: Key Federal Statutes and Their Impacts on Marine and Coastal Environments
Speaking Engagement Moss Landing, CA
5.07.10 OSHA Enhanced Enforcement Efforts Signal Significant Changes for Employers
5.01.09 Publicity, Pressure and Environmental Legislation: The Untold Story of Availability Campaigns, Cardozo Law Review
In The News
4.27.12 Husch Blackwell Closes $330 Million Joint Financing Arrangement for Duke Energy
Energy & Natural Resources ; Real Estate, Development & Construction