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Laura B. Truesdale

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Laura Truesdale is an associate in the firm’s Charlotte office, concentrating 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. Truesdale was an associate at an international law firm in Washington, DC and in Raleigh, NC.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section - Communications Chair (2016-Present); Member (2016-Present)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • 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

  • ”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
  • Works closely with developers, contractors and financial institutions to evaluate environmental issues and resolve impediments to construction, including permitting, remediation, hazardous waste and petroleum cleanup programs, exposure to contamination, underground storage tanks (USTs), vapor intrusion issues, and wetlands.
  • Frequently advises commercial real estate developers in securing Brownfields Agreements and in managing compliance with Brownfields Agreements during construction and operation.
  • Counsels global cosmetic manufacturer regarding retail waste management across the United States and in several foreign countries. Representation includes compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), individual state laws and regulations, recycling provisions, and universal waste requirements, as well as development of retail waste management and reverses distribution programs to comply with evolving laws and regulations.
  • Advises retail industry clients - including chain grocers and pharmacies, cosmetics manufacturers, and tobacco product producers - regarding the management, transportation, and disposal of hazardous and pharmaceutical wastes under state and federal solid and hazardous waste regulations, as well as permitting, building and improving hazardous waste management programs, and negotiating and settling notices of violation or compliance claims with state and federal regulators.Advocates on behalf of retail industry clients and by preparing comments on EPA and other federal rulemakings, especially those involving hazardous and pharmaceutical waste regulation.
  • Conducts due diligence into regulatory compliance of companies involved in stock and asset acquisitions, and drafts corresponding contractual documentation.
  • Regularly represents non-profit land conservation organization on pro bono basis regarding environmental issues related to property and conservation easement transactions.
  • 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 major financial institutions on environmental matters related to the due diligence, closing, and risk management and mitigation associated with 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.