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Laura B. Truesdale

Associate
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Laura Boorman is an associate in the firm’s Charlotte office where she is a member of the environmental, land and natural resources practice group. Ms. Boorman focuses her practice on environmental and regulatory matters in a variety of substantive areas, including solid and hazardous waste, environmental permitting, brownfields redevelopment, environmental remediation, and endangered species. In addition, she advises clients on environmental due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and works closely with the firm’s real estate and corporate practices.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Boorman was an associate at an international law firm where she assisted clients in transactions involving hazardous substances and waste, underground storage tanks (USTs) and state hazardous waste and petroleum cleanup programs, and negotiation and implementation of Brownfields Agreements. Ms. Boorman also worked on several large infrastructure and development projects undergoing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. In addition, she advocated on behalf of the retail and electric utility industries by preparing comments on EPA and other federal rulemakings, especially those involving hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section
    • Editor, Section Newsletter (2016-Present)
    • Member (2016-Present)
  • University of Richmond School of Law
    • Young Alumni Board (2013-2016)
    • Law School Advisory Board (2016-Present)
    • Class of 2013 Reunion Co-Chair
  • The Foundation For Tomorrow - Volunteer; RIDETZ 2016 Fundraiser

Additional Information

Publications
  • ”N.C. Court of Appeals Finds Post-Closure Involvement Sufficient Grounds for ‘Operator’ Liability Under RCRA,” NCBA Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Newsletter, June 2017.
  • “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure? Recent Challenge to Brownfields Application may Signal Challenges for Future NCBP Applicants,” NCBA Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Newsletter, December 2016.
  • “EPA Adds New Requirements for Hazardous Waste Generators,” NCBA Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Newsletter, December 2016.
  • Co-Author, “The Significance of the Nexus for Wetlands Jurisdiction,” Law360, April 1, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Criminal CWA Case May Signal New Trend in Mining Industry,” Law360, March 18, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Wind in the Sails of Energy Projects after Cape Wind,” Law360, May 22, 2014.
Regulatory and Transactional Experience
  • Regularly assists clients in transactions involving hazardous substances and waste, underground storage tanks (USTs) and state hazardous waste and petroleum cleanup programs.
  • Frequently advises commercial developers in securing Brownfields Agreements to facilitate property development and in managing compliance with Brownfields Agreements during construction and operation.
  • Advocated on behalf of retail industry clients and on behalf of electric utility industry trade group by preparing comments on EPA and other federal rulemakings, especially those involving hazardous and pharmaceutical waste regulation.
  • Represented chain retailers, including grocers and pharmacies, on retail and pharmaceutical hazardous waste issues, including advising on compliance with applicable state and federal regulatory schemes, permitting, building and improving hazardous waste management programs, and extensive negotiations with state environmental regulators to settle compliance claims.
  • Counseled railroad and hard rock surface mining clients on application of NEPA, National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and other environmental laws to the development of new projects and assisted them with obtaining relevant state and federal permits.
  • Provided assistance with applications for and compliance with various state and federal permits associated with a 600-mile interstate natural gas pipeline project.
  • Counseled electric power company on construction of cross-border energy infrastructure project.
  • Counseled many major financial institutions on environmental matters as they relate to the due diligence, closing, and risk management and mitigation associated with large loans.
Litigation Experience
  • Counseled marine industry client on compliance with maritime environmental laws and the CWA and assisted with ongoing federal investigation and defense for alleged criminal environmental offenses against both the company and individual employees.
  • Advised clients and assisted with negotiations in complete commercial construction arbitration.
  • Represented several individuals seeking legal status in the United States (through asylum and otherwise) throughout the application process and in front of various immigration courts on a pro bono basis.