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Biography

Janet has practiced law for over 30 years with extensive experience in environmental law. She is skilled in environmental programs where science and law intersect, having worked many years as a chemical engineer. Her strong technical background allows her to help clients solve their legal problems and achieve their business objectives in any context in which environmental legal issues arise.

Janet has represented clients in various industries, including oil and gas exploration and production and midstream operations, natural gas transmission, refining, chemicals, electronics, construction, insurance, and real estate development. She advocates on behalf of clients’ interests in administrative proceedings and federal and state courts in government enforcement actions, citizen suits, permit appeals (both permittee and third-party), and rulemaking challenges. She also provides legal advice to clients in environmental incident response, release reporting, and cleanup of contaminated properties, whether voluntary or compelled by government order.

Janet is highly experienced in the environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions and real estate transactions, having conducted environmental due diligence and negotiated the terms of agreements allocating environmental liabilities and remediation responsibilities among buyers, sellers, insurers, contractors, and other parties in hundreds of transactions involving industrial facilities, commercial properties and brownfields. She also assists clients in interpreting past environmental agreements and supporting litigation of legacy environmental issues under existing agreements.

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Janet worked for eleven years as a chemical engineer for Exxon, where she worked in the company’s refining, oil and gas exploration and production, and supply logistics departments. Following law school at the University of Texas, Janet practiced law for more than twenty years in Austin and Houston, Texas, as a partner in a global law firm and as senior environmental counsel with an integrated natural gas exploration, production, and transmission company. She came home to Pittsburgh in 2011, where she maintains a national practice in environmental law.

Other Info About Janet

Education

Law School

University of Texas, J.D., 1992

  • Order of the Coif
  • Texas Law Review, Chief Manuscript Editor

Graduate School

Houston Baptist University, M.B.A., with high honors, 1989

Undergraduate School

University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, 1978

Bar Memberships

Janet is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Pennsylvania

Ohio

West Virginia

Colorado

Texas

Courts

Janet is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, 2007-2024

Super Lawyers®, Environmental, Environmental Litigation, Administrative Law, 2007-2009 (TX) and 2017 (CO)

Chambers USA®, Environment, 2005-2007 (TX)

 

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

United Way of Washington County, Board of Directors, Secretary, 2018-present

Presentations

Janet was invited to speak at the following events:

“Insurance Coverage at TSDR Facilities: Are Changes Afoot, and What Might They Mean?,” CHWMEG 2019 Fall Meeting, Seattle, Washington, November 2019

“Environmental Litigation Trends and Threats, Rocky Mountains and Appalachia,” Energy Environmental Law Conference, Institute for Energy Law, Houston, Texas, May 2018

“Permitting 101: The Legal Basics,” ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Orlando, Florida, April 2018

Special Institute on Water Law for Oil and Gas Development, Joint Institute for Energy Law and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, Texas, April 2017

“Comparison of Canadian and US Environmental Due Diligence Standards,” Conference Call, Environmental Bankers Association, February 2017

Major Publications

Janet is an author or contributor to the following publications:

“Dredge and Fill Permits,” Essentials of Texas Water Resources, Chapter 25, Texas Bar Books, 2018

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