Katie’s practice focuses on environmental review and permitting, environmental litigation, renewable energy development, and regulatory compliance counseling. She guides public entities and private clients through environmental review and permitting processes for waterfront developments and other complex projects. She works to minimize litigation risk and defends against challenges that arise under federal and state laws, including under the National Environmental Policy Act and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. Katie’s renewable energy work is focused on offshore wind; she advised NYSERDA on the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and on several other offshore wind initiatives, and she is representing Equinor Wind US in the permitting and development of its Empire Wind 1, Empire Wind 2, and Beacon Wind projects.
Katie maintains an active pro bono practice focused on the international natural resources trade, biodiversity, and resiliency. In addition to representing environmental organizations that address these issues, Katie submitted statements for the record in two congressional hearings regarding the Lacey Act, the United States’ oldest wildlife conservation law. She also helped develop and present training workshops in Africa to improve the implementation and enforcement of wildlife trafficking and poaching laws.
Prior to joining SPR in 2015, Katie worked in the environmental and general litigation groups of an international law firm, where her practice focused on complex product liability litigation, regulatory compliance, and environmental litigation. During law school, Katie participated in the Natural Resources Defense Council clinical program, was a Notes Editor of the New York University Environmental Law Journal, and was Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Society. Katie earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College, graduating with general and departmental honors.
“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA,” co-author Mark A. Chertok
For: 68 Syracuse Law Review 837
“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA,” co-authors Mark A. Chertok and Victoria S. Treanor
For: 67 Syracuse Law Review 897
“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA”, co-authors Mark A. Chertok and Victoria S. Treanor
For: 66 Syracuse Law Review 905
“Recent Pa. Fracking Charges May Set a New Trend,” co-author Jeremy Peterson
For: Environmental Law 360, Energy Law 360 and Pennsylvania Law 360
“The 2008 Lacey Act Amendments and the Fight Against Illegal Logging,” co-author Marcus A. Asner
For: Bloomberg BNA’s International Trade Reporter
“TSCA, FIFRA, and Perhaps EPCRA Likely to Play Featured Roles in the Piecemeal Development of Federal Fracking Regulation, 14 Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know,” co-author Shailesh R. Sahay
For: Committee Newsletter, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association
“The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Overseas Environmental Crimes: Analyzing the Intersection of Two Risk Areas”
For: Bloomberg BNA, with Marcus A. Asner and Samuel M. Witten
“With Gibson Settlement, ‘Due Care’ is Slightly More Clear,” co-authors Marcus A. Asner and Samuel M. Witten
For: Hardwood Floors
“Gibson Guitar, Forfeiture, and the Lacey Act Strike a Dissonant Chord,” co-authors Marcus A. Asner and Maxwell C. Preston
For: Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report, Daily Report for Executives, White Collar Crime, Report, and International Environment Reporter
“Improving Community Character Analysis in the SEQRA Environmental Impact Review Process: A Cultural Landscape Approach to Defining the Elusive “Community Character”
For: 17 New York University Environmental Law Journal 1194