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Theresa Romanosky

Theresa Romanosky Associate, Environmental & Natural Resources

Theresa’s principal area of practice is environmental litigation and regulation, with an emphasis on environmental enforcement defense, citizen suit defense, permitting of and defending challenges to infrastructure and energy development projects, and regulatory compliance. She assists with a variety of litigation and regulatory matters under the federal environmental and public lands statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The following is a list of representative matters in which Theresa has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Assisted with environmental aspects of preparing, filing, and prosecuting certificate applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving expansion projects and new projects for major interstate natural gas pipelines, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act
  • Assisted in the defense of a large international coal and petroleum coke terminal in litigation brought under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act; the plaintiffs in the case were the Sierra Club and two other environmental activist groups; the case received publicity as part of the Sierra Club’s “beyond coal” campaign
  • Assisted in the defense of a manufacturing company in litigation brought under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act
  • Assisted in the representation of a manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in connection with the requirements of the North Carolina Environmental Policy and Coastal Management Acts, as well as environmental permitting related to the development of an export facility for low-carbon fuel used in energy production; representation included the analysis of the impacts and benefits of using lower carbon fuels on greenhouse gas emissions
  • Assisted in the preparation of legal claims against government entities regarding CERCLA and state law theories of liability for contaminated soils sites
  • Assisted in the defense of an indemnification claim related to alleged breaches of environmental, health, and safety representations and warranties, including factual development investigations, written discovery, and expert witness deposition preparation activities
  • Assisted in advising a mining company on potential tort litigation risks associated with legacy talc operations
  • Assisted in preparing detailed comments for a large mining company in a federal rulemaking regulating coal mining

Contact Details

Washington

T +1.202.639.6693
F +1.202.879.8927
tromanosky@velaw.com
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037-1701
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Theresa's Practices

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2012 (Executive Notes Editor, Michigan Law Review)
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., Environmental Studies summa cum laude, 2009
  • Admitted to practice: Maryland; District of Columbia
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017
  • Vice Chair: Energy Infrastructure, Siting, and Reliability Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (Electronic Communications), 2017–2018
  • Co-Chair:  Mentoring Committee for Women’s Energy Network 2017 National Conference, 2016-2017
  • Events Committee: Women’s Energy Network, Washington D.C. Chapter, 2017
  • Treasurer: Women’s Energy Network, Washington, D.C. Chapter, 2015-2016
  • Member: Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
  • Member: American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Member: Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Vice Chair: Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (Electronic Communications), 2013–2014 and 2014–2015