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Overview

Nacenté helps corporations solve and mitigate puzzles of toxic tort, product liability and environmental litigation.

Nacenté represents clients in toxic tort, mass tort and product liability matters throughout the nation. She drafts briefs, memoranda, motions, discovery requests and responses, and handles depositions. Believing in the strength of teamwork, she collaborates with litigation teams to build innovative and active defense strategies for clients.

She also has in-depth experience in environmental law, having defended large and mid-sized businesses, waste disposal companies and construction firms in civil litigation. She has provided transactional work and counseled clients on regulatory compliance. The Clean Water Act; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Clean Air Act; Endangered Species Act; Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); and various state environmental laws are familiar issues for Nacenté.

Clients appreciate Nacenté’s unique inside perspective as a former Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her experience researching, drafting and enforcing regulatory compliance matters gave her a view from the other side of the table. She enjoys having this knowledge base as one more way to move clients forward.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Washington School of Law Black Law Students Association, Young Alumni Award

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • cum laude , University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • Vice-Chancellor's Honor Recipient for Leadership

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Mound City Bar Association

Languages

  • French, Conversant
Experience

Litigation

  • Represented personal injury case for insured regional transportation company in Jackson County, Missouri. Successfully obtained motion to dismiss for failure to state claim with prejudice.
  • Obtained dismissal without prejudice on deposed witnesses, minimizing testimony on national mass tort cases.

Environmental

  • Collaborated with state and local regulatory bodies to aid in development and permitting of large renewable energy construction projects.
  • Conducted environmental due diligence and permit reviews for large property transfers and construction projects.
  • Advised clients on mitigating liability risk under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) when participating in transactions involving contaminated property.
  • Directly engaged federal regulatory agencies on behalf of clients for matters arising from Clean Air Act and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
  • Drafted and negotiated consent orders, consent agreements, administrative complaints and administrative compliance orders relating to enforcement of Clean Water Act, FIFRA and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
  • Researched complex environmental statutes, regulations and case law for use in negotiations and hearings.
Outside the Office

Nacenté grew up with a father who played blues, jazz and reggae – drums, bass guitar and keyboard. Although she does not play an instrument herself, that childhood environment influenced her music appreciation. She attends live performances whenever she can, heading to Kansas City’s Downtown or 18th & Vine Districts. The Phoenix and Majestic are two of her favorite venues.

Community Leadership

Nacenté serves on the Next Gen Advisory Board of the Midwest Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. Serving on this board, Nacenté leads community outreach programs to raise awareness of mission and works on fundraising efforts.

She is also a Diversity Ambassador through the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Nacenté works as a conduit between the business community and the Chamber to build connections and educate about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.