Liz Williamson has nearly 20 years of experience in air, waste, groundwater, brownfields, water, and wetlands matters.  Liz counsels and defends clients in Clean Air Act matters.  She routinely provides advice on federal and state Title V permitting, emissions and compliance.  She represents clients throughout the United States in federal consent decree implementation and negotiation, and she has developed key contacts within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters and at many EPA regional offices.

Liz Williamson has nearly 20 years of experience in air, waste, groundwater, brownfields, water, and wetlands matters.  Liz counsels and defends clients in Clean Air Act matters.  She routinely provides advice on federal and state Title V permitting, emissions and compliance.  She represents clients throughout the United States in federal consent decree implementation and negotiation, and she has developed key contacts within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters and at many EPA regional offices.

Liz brings insight given her experience when she was seconded to a major power generation company as in-house environmental counsel.  Liz has transactional experience as the lead environmental attorney in large acquisitions and sales of assets, particularly with respect to industrial sites.  She has an environmental litigation background, having taken and defended depositions; briefed complex environmental issues in state and federal courts; and participated in trial and appellate proceedings.

The cornerstone of Liz’s practice focuses on advising clients on environmental compliance.  Liz has a boots-on-the-ground approach.  She strives to understand the industrial process first so that she can tailor her legal advice to the business.  Liz has intimate knowledge of power generation facilities.  She has also provided advice in the chemical, furniture and tobacco manufacturing sectors.  Liz has proactively audited facilities for environmental compliance, as well as worked with U.S. EPA seeking favorable compliance determinations.

Liz received both her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, and her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Florida State University.  She is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

  • Participated in settlement negotiations for six New Source Review consent decrees and assisted those clients with implementation of those decrees and establishment of environmental mitigation plans (solar, wind, wood stove changeouts).
  • Led environmental audit of coal-fired power generation facility, including analysis of emissions, compliance with state and federal environmental laws, CEMS data gathering, coal handling mechanisms and personnel protocols. 
  • Advised power generation clients concerning Clean Air Act and New Source Review litigation risk when assessing projects performed in power plant outages.
  • Handled permitting of expansion of a coal-fired unit to combust natural gas.
  • Served as lead counsel to utility clients in response to Clean Air Act Section 114 requests and demand by EPA to substantiate Confidential Business Information (CBI) designations.    
  • Served as a member of the federal court trial team for Clean Air Act New Source Review litigation in Pennsylvania v. Allegheny Power.
  • Provided air regulatory advice and advocacy to national wood furniture trade association and other wood furniture clients.  Advised a national wood furniture trade association and other wood furniture clients on air regulatory issues.  Also advocated for the association concerning air toxins, Title V issues and hazardous waste issues.
  • Drafted opinion letters for clients in the chemical, tobacco, furniture, petroleum and brick manufacturing industries on compliance with environmental regulations, including New Source Review, air toxics, EPCRA, stormwater, voluntary audit disclosure, and underground storage tanks.
  • Provided advice regarding redevelopment of high-profile Brownfields site in North Carolina. The site was an in-town, under-utilized property with a desirable location that was cleaned up and redeveloped with an upscale shopping mall complex, hotels and office space.
  • Represented a chemical industry client in a challenge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards.
  • Advocated to the Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Management and Budget for modifications to the boiler MACT rule on behalf of the Small Business Administration and an industry trade association.
  • Defended a potentially responsible party in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) investigation of a contaminated site in Atlanta, Georgia.