Ms. Hahnah Williams Gaines

Ms. Hahnah Williams Gaines: Attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Associate at Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Bank of America Plaza, 600 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 3000, Atlanta, GA 30308
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Hahnah is an associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group. She represents energy, manufacturing, retail pharmacy, scrap metal recycling, auto salvaging, and local government clients in all aspects of environmental law, most particularly the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and state counterparts. Her experience includes environmental litigation, environmental regulatory compliance counseling, federal and state environmental enforcement defense, and regulatory policy advocacy.

Prior to joining Troutman Sanders in 2010, Hahnah worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in various settings, including Level-1 Trauma Centers in Atlanta, Georgia and Baltimore, Maryland. As a registered nurse, she provided direct patient care in a highly regulated environment. Hahnah has nearly a decade of experience working as a registered nurse in the healthcare industry.

Representative Experience

Represented a group of major southeastern utility companies in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule rulemaking and subsequent appellate litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ultimately resulting in the vacatur and remand of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, EME Homer City Generation v. EPA, 696 F.3d 7 (D.C. Cir. 2012).

Represented major southeastern scrap metal recycling and auto salvaging company in a state environmental enforcement action arising under the Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act and Georgia Water Quality Control Act.

Represented local government in a federal environmental enforcement action arising under the Clean Air Act.

Assisting in the representation of a major southeastern utility company in a breach of contract case in state court.

Advising national retail pharmacy chain on various pharmaceutical waste issues arising under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and state counterparts.

Counseling major southeastern utility company in environmental release notification requirements arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Advised international pulp and paper manufacturing company on permitting issues arising under the Clean Water Act's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program.

Advising southeastern utility company in policy implications of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Justice directives.

Reported Decisions

EME Homer City Generation v. EPA, 696 F.3d 7 (D.C. Cir. 2012).


NAAQS and Stacks: An Industry Perspective, ABA 42nd Spring Conference, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Spring 2013.

Pharmaceutical Waste Regulation: Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole, Perspectives on Georgia's Environment, State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section, Winter 2013.

Challenges in Pharmaceutical Waste Management: "First, Do No Harm," Natural Resources & Environment Volume 26, Number 4, Spring 2012.

Work Experience

Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2010-present

RN, National Nursing Solutions, Inc., 2001-2009

RN, Piedmont Hospital, 2000-2002


· The American Association of Nurse Attorneys

· State Bar of Georgia, Environmental Law Section

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Environmental & Natural Resources
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Construction

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
804-396-2295  Phone
404.885.3455  Phone
404.962.6701  Fax
University Attended:
Clayton State University, B.S.N., cum laude, Most Professional Nursing Student Award, 2000
Law School Attended:
Mercer University, J.D., Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team, Southern Region Champion 2008-2009, 2010
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 2010, Georgia; Georgia Court of Appeals; Supreme Court of Georgia; Georgia Superior Courts; Georgia State Courts
State Bar of Georgia (Member, Environmental Law Section); The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.


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