Tyler Burgess

Tyler L. Burgess

Senior Associate

Tyler Burgess focuses on environmental litigation, enforcement, and regulatory compliance matters. Ms. Burgess has experience practicing under a wide range of federal statutes, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Clean Air Act (CAA), as well as related state analogs.

Before starting in private practice, Ms. Burgess was an honors trial attorney in the Natural Resources Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). At the DOJ, she defended federal agencies’ decisions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as public lands, natural resources, and transportation funding laws. Ms. Burgess was twice awarded the Outstanding Performance Award for her work defending environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects.

Prior to law school, Ms. Burgess worked as an environmental consultant conducting wetland delineations and endangered species evaluations, designing mitigation plans, modeling climate change impacts, drafting NEPA documents, and securing environmental permits from federal, state, and local agencies. In addition, Ms. Burgess evaluated contaminated sites for potential inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL) under CERCLA.

Perspectives

Biden-Harris EPA Announces Clean Water Act Rule to Re-Empower States and Tribes
Environmental Edge: Climate Change & Regulatory Insights
CEQ’s Phase I Rule Sets Back Trump Administration Changes to NEPA Regulations
Environmental Edge: Climate Change & Regulatory Insights

Recognition

Best Lawyers
"Ones to Watch"—Environmental Law (2021–2023)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, with honors
  • MS, Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University
  • BS, Forest Resources, University of Washington
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • North Carolina
Government & Military Service
  • Honors Trial Attorney, Natural Resources Section, US Department of Justice
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