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Biography

Suzanne has counseled clients in a wide array of environmental and energy law matters, including transactional, regulatory and compliance matters for over two decades. She is a member of the Environmental Practice Group and the Energy and Natural Resources Industry Team.

Suzanne’s environmental law practice encompasses due diligence, remediation and litigation related to commercial and industrial property transactions. She also litigates property damage and environmental contamination claims under CERCLA and the Ohio Voluntary Action Program.

Her energy practice includes many aspects of advanced and renewable energy, as well as oil and gas leases worth hundreds of millions of dollars for one of the largest landowners in Ohio. She utilizes her transactional experience to negotiate power purchase agreements and generator equipment facility leases. Suzanne also negotiated the first submerged land lease for offshore wind in Ohio.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Environmental counseling regarding issues affecting real estate development and transactions.

Represent energy supplier in transmission agreements.

Negotiate power purchase agreements for private and public entities.

Represent clients in cleanup of contaminated sites, including negotiation of orders and consent decrees with regulatory agencies.

Coordinate environmental issues associated with a plant closing, including document retention, UST removal, remediation, oversight and permit termination.

Education

Law School

The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1998, cum laude

Undergraduate School

John Carroll University, B.S., Biology, 1995

Bar Membership

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

Ohio, 1988

Courts

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

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Top Lawyers in Energy and Utilities, Columbus CEO, 2016

Who to Watch in Energy, Columbus Business First, 2014

The Best Lawyers in America©, Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2011-2019

Professional Affiliations

Commercial Real Estate Women of Columbus, Inc.

Columbus Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee, Chair 2013-2015

Columbus Metropolitan Club, Member since 2008

Ohio Women Lawyers Association

Women Lawyers of Franklin County

Presentations

Suzanne was invited to speak at the following events:

“Oil & Gas Development: Managing Risks and Seizing Opportunities,” Ohio Water Law and Community Opportunities for Innovative Water System Management, presented by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Canton, October 12, 2016.

“Oil & Gas Development: Managing Risks and Seizing Opportunities,” Ohio Water Law and Community Opportunities for Innovative Water System Management, presented by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, New Philadelphia, March 22, 2016.

“Responsible Oil and Gas Development: Putting Green in Your Pocket and Keeping the Environment Green,” Huntington Bank, May 2013.

“Technical and Legal Issues Regarding Oil and Gas Development,” Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, February 27, 2012.

“Oil and Gas Groundwater Issues,” Ohio Water Laws and Regulations, HalfMoon LLC Seminar, November 2011.

Major Publications

Suzanne is an author of the following publications:

“Advanced Issues in Real Estate” 2006 NBI Seminar; “Will You Marry Me? Wind Energy Development in Ohio,” co-author with David Nash, GEO News Wind Energy Edition, June 2009.