Katie’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, environmental review and permitting, renewable energy development, and regulatory compliance counseling. Her experience includes challenging and defending projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. It also includes representing clients in regulatory enforcement actions, and guiding municipalities, public entities, and private clients through environmental review and permitting processes for waterfront developments and other complex projects. 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 several other offshore wind initiatives, she is advising Atlantic Offshore Terminals on the environmental permitting required to develop the Arthur Kill Terminal project, which is poised to be the first offshore wind pre-assembly facility in New York State, and she is representing Equinor Wind US in the permitting and development of the 816-megawatt Empire Wind project.
Katie maintains an active pro bono practice focused on the international natural resources trade. In addition to representing environmental organizations that address these issues, Katie has submitted statements for the record in two congressional hearings regarding the Lacey Act, the United States’ oldest wildlife conservation law. She currently helps develop and present training workshops in Africa to help improve the implementation and enforcement of poaching and wildlife trafficking laws.
Prior to joining SPR in 2015, Katie worked in the Environmental and General Litigation practice groups at Arnold & Porter LLP. During her five years at Arnold & Porter, Katie’s practice focused on complex product liability litigation, regulatory compliance, and environmental litigation.
Katie is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she served as a notes editor of the New York University Environmental Law Journal and was the Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Society. She participated in the law school’s Environmental Law Clinic, in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Neighborhood Institutions Clinic, in conjunction with the Urban Justice Center. Katie earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College, graduating with general and departmental honors. During college, she interned with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY, BRIEFINGS, AND SUBMISSIONS
- Statement for the Record Regarding H.R. 3105, H.R. 3280, H.R. 3324, and H.R. 4032 (proposed Lacey Act amendments), U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, February 27, 2014 (co-author Marcus A. Asner)
- Lacey Act Overview, Congressional Briefing, Dec. 4, 2013 (with Marcus A. Asner)
- Statement for the Record Regarding the Lacey Act and Purported “Over-Criminalization,” U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force, Nov. 14, 2013 (with Marcus A. Asner)
“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