Catherine D. Little counsels clients on energy-related environmental and administrative law at all levels of federal, state and local government, with particular emphasis on regulatory compliance, enforcement defense and administrative adjudication under the Pipeline Safety Act, Clean Water Act (including wetlands) and the Oil Pollution Act.
Catherine regularly advises clients with respect to pipeline safety regulatory compliance issues, permitting, spill and release reporting, as well as natural resource damage assessment claims.
She conducts large-scale confidential investigations and compliance audits to assist companies in identifying legal risks and preparing defenses. Catherine’s clients include oil and natural gas pipelines, chemical companies and other major utility and manufacturing concerns.
Catherine has served as a moderator, speaker and panelist at legal and industry conferences and seminars around the country, and is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and editorials on environmental, compliance and regulatory issues.
Representative Matters :
- Regularly advise oil and gas pipelines on broad range of regulatory compliance and enforcement issues under transportation safety and environmental laws.
- Counsel pipeline companies on new construction and expansion projects, including permitting and compliance advice under range of federal and state laws.
- Routinely conduct confidential internal investigations on regulatory compliance issues and provide enforcement defense in civil and criminal investigations.
- Participated in negotiating favorable resolutions of Natural Resource Damage Assessment actions with federal and state entities.
- Participated in negotiations resulting in resolution of over eight years of legal challenges by the environmental community to Georgia’s general permit for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities.
Professional and Community Involvement :
- Vice Chair, Enforcement and Environmental Crimes Committee, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
- Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law; Section on Administrative Law
- Member, State Bar of Georgia, Environmental and Administrative Law Sections
- Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991
- University of Virginia, B.A., 1986
BAR ADMISSIONS : Georgia
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
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