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.
- Honeywell International in actions seeking contribution from oil companies for natural resource damages and cleanup costs for the remediation of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York.
- Chemours in toxic tort lawsuits brought by water utilities and homeowners alleging contamination of drinking water from perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) at the company's facility in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
- Renewable fuels manufacturer in petition for review of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program rules.
- Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority in dispute with Amtrak over rail corridor usage rights and property interests in the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak v. SEPTA, No. 1:19-cv-537 (D.D.C.).
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, with honors
- M.S., Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University
- B.S., Forest Resources, University of Washington
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- Honors Trial Attorney, Natural Resources Section, US Department of Justice
- Vice Chair, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, American Bar Association (2022-2023)
- White House Council on Environmental Quality Federal Interagency Working Group (2017-2018)
- Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (2016-2018)