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Overview

Megan is an environmental and energy attorney who delivers resourceful solutions and helps power the future.

Megan leads environmental due diligence and permitting efforts for renewable energy projects across the country. She ensures the proper permits, approvals and studies are in place in areas such as air, water, waste, wildlife, transportation and aviation. She also negotiates environmental and permitting provisions in financing agreements and works to manage her wind and solar clients’ environmental liability risks.

The transactional part of Megan’s practice involves guiding clients through regulatory compliance issues they encounter in daily operations, such as environmental permitting, release reporting, internal compliance audits, inspections and enforcement actions. She counsels clients on environmental issues that arise in real estate transactions, including analyzing site assessments and negotiating environmental contractual provisions.

Megan is also a litigator, representing companies in complex, multiparty environmental litigation and steering potentially responsible parties through the environmental cleanup of contaminated sites. Businesses look to Megan to defend them against California Proposition 65 notices and lawsuits, coordinate preventative audits and implement Proposition 65 warning label programs.

Megan’s technical background – an undergraduate degree in chemistry and research internships at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and NASA – allows her to weigh in on complex technical issues.


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Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • cum laude
      • Order of the Woolsack
      • Academic Excellence Awards, Legal Research and Writing I and Constitutional Law I
      • Environmental Law Society, Co-president, 2006-2007
  • B.A., Saint Louis University
    • summa cum laude
    • Chemistry
      • Certificate in Business Administration

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Colorado

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Energy Coalition
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)
Featured Case Study

EPA Abandons Proposed Rule on Hardrock Mining

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule requiring the U.S. hardrock mining industry to secure $7 billion in financing for its operations. Megan’s team represented a Fortune 500 mining and agricultural chemical processing company that wanted to halt the rule. They coordinated with the National Mining Association to make that happen. The team devised a strategy that used public comments to explain the minimal environmental risks of mining practices and leveraged existing state and federal financial assurance requirements. As a result, the EPA agreed that the proposed rule was unnecessary and unduly burdensome.


Additional Experience
  • Provided environmental and permitting support to renewable energy developer that successfully obtained construction and tax equity financing for 238-megawatt Rio Bravo wind development project in Texas.
  • Coordinated environmental due diligence efforts for client purchasing portfolio of hundreds of movie theater properties nationwide.
  • Achieved withdrawal of Proposition 65 notice of violation targeting manufacturer allegedly producing consumer products containing significant lead levels.
  • Assisted Fortune 500 company operating only elemental phosphorus production facility in the United States in updating its comprehensive Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) strategy for operations and wastes.
  • Represented two international companies as plaintiffs in high-profile CERCLA contribution and cost-recovery lawsuit involving PCB and lead contamination in Alabama.
  • Led environmental permitting due diligence efforts on behalf of developers, equity investors and lenders for wind, solar and liquid natural gas projects in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas.
Outside the Office

Megan and her husband enjoy hiking and exploring their home state of Colorado with their two children.

Community Leadership

Megan represents Colorado nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis, helping them with issues related to formation, dissolution, contracts and liability.