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Corinne principally practices in environmental law, with an emphasis on litigation, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, and defense against government investigations and enforcement actions.
Corinne draws on wide experience at the U.S. Department of Justice, including serving as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Associate Attorney General, which oversees all civil litigation on behalf of the United States, and as Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General.
Corinne most recently served as Counsel and Chief of Staff in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she assisted in managing a 600-person division that included 400 lawyers. In this role she helped manage the Division’s civil and criminal litigation arising under more than 150 environmental and natural resources laws.
She also worked closely with the General Counsel’s Offices for multiple federal agencies, including the EPA, Departments of Interior, Defense, Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture, as well as the White House and Counsel on Environmental Quality to advise high-ranking officials on policy and litigation risks associated with the environmental and natural resource laws.
She has personally argued cases in three U.S. Courts of Appeals, and multiple district courts, and served as the lead or co-lead counsel in district court litigation defending agency regulations, approvals, and permits related to oil and gas operations and other energy extraction projects.
Her roles in government have given her a unique perspective into the decision-making processes in the federal government.
In the private sector, Corinne counsels clients on environmental compliance across a variety of industries, including energy, chemical, manufacturing, and mining sectors. In the transactional context, she assists in the drafting and negotiating of the environmental terms in purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements, credit agreements, and disclosures for debt and equity offerings and public filings. She has also drafted comments on behalf of clients to agencies on proposed rules with significant implications for the oil and gas industry.
Brought suit on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard against an oil and gas well owner and operator to recover costs incurred to removing leaking equipment under the Oil Pollution Act
Assisted in investigating claims referred by a federal agency against multiple companies for failure to comply with federal mining laws
Advised multiple federal agencies, including EPA, the Departments of Interior, Defense, Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce on potential litigation risk related to new regulations and environmental assessments for energy and infrastructure permits and approvals
Advised upstream and midstream clients on compliance requirements under emerging air regulations
Drafted comments on behalf of upstream and midstream clients to the EPA’s methane air regulations
Assisted in fact discovery and managing collection, review, and production of documents for an energy company regarding a governmental inquiry relating to an explosion at an offshore facility
Assisted in counseling a midstream oil and gas company on the performance of environmental audits under the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act
Worked closely with the General Counsel’s offices of multiple federal agencies, including EPA, the Departments of Interior, Defense, Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce to assess and mitigate litigation risk while furthering policy goals
Assisted the Department of Defense in tracking litigation, agency guidance, and Congressional actions to advise on litigation risks related to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Served as a DOJ representative on the Energy Government Coordinating Council (EGCC), a group of federal agencies working to support the planning, implementation, and execution of timely and necessary sector-wide resilience and reliability programs for the Nation’s critical energy infrastructure
Served as a DOJ liaison with the Oil and Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council (SCC), a private forum for effective coordination of oil and natural gas security strategies and activities to support the nation’s homeland security mission. The SCC serves as a principal collaboration point between the government and private sector owners and operators for critical infrastructure security and resilience policy coordination and planning and a range of related sector-specific activities.
Served as a member of the DOJ’s Corporate Enforcement & Accountability Working Group to review policies related to civil enforcement and criminal prosecution of corporations
Assisted in coordination between the White House, EPA, and the agencies responsible for endangered species consultations on the review of pesticides regulated by EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
Assisted on a variety of transactional matters, including by performing environmental due diligence reviews and evaluations for acquisitions, divestitures, financing, equity and debt offerings, and advises clients on environmental provisions in transaction agreements
Assisted in representing issuers and underwriters with respect to environmental issues in connection with public offerings in coal, oil and gas, chemical, and other industries
Assisted in advising a private equity group on environmental regulatory matters in connection with the acquisition by its portfolio company of upstream assets
Assisted in advising potential investors in understanding how to limit the risk of environmental liability from their acquisitions
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 2012 (Class Day Dean’s Award; Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; Senior Editor, Harvard Business Law Review)
- Vanderbilt University, B.A., History and Ancient Mediterranean Studies summa cum laude, 2009
- Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 2017–2020
- Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Associate Attorney General, 2018
- Counselor, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, 2019
- Associate, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Environmental and Natural Resources group 2012–2013, 2014–2017
- Law clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2013–2014
- John Marshall Fellow, 2014
- District of Columbia
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- No More SEPs: New DOJ Policy May Mean Higher Penalties and More Complicated Negotiations in Environmental CasesEnvironmentalApril 3, 2020
- EnvironmentalApril 3, 2020
- EnvironmentalMarch 24, 2020
- V&E+February 17, 2020
- Managing the Modern WorkplaceApril 4, 2017
- “EPA Sets The Stage For Expanded GHG Regulations,” Law360, October 6, 2016 (co-author)
- “New Methane Regulations,” Oil & Gas Financial Journal, September 2016 (co-author)
- “BLM Fracture Rule: Regulation Adds Layer Of Complexity,” The American Oil & Gas Reporter, April 2015 (co-author)
- “House Report May Taper Hopes For Clean Power Plan,” Law360, January 9, 2015 (co-author)
- “Existing Oil And Gas Sources Could Face More Methane Pain,”Law360, March 24, 2016 (co-author)
- “In the Wake of the Shale Revolution: A Primer on Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Chemical Disclosure,” 8 Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law249 (2013) (co-author)
- “Texas’ Water Rights May Be Endangered,” Law360, August 19, 2013 (co-author)
- “The Endangered Species Act Flexes Its ‘Mussel’ over Hydraulic Fracturing Sites,” American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Energy Infrastructure and Siting Committee Newsletter, July 2013 (co-author)
- “High Court Leaves Road Wide Open For CWA Citizen Suits,” Law360, April 12, 2013 (co-author)
- “More Regulatory Obstacles For Coal-Fired Power Plants,” Law360, March 27, 2013 (co-author)