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Tyler Burgess focuses on environmental litigation, enforcement, and regulatory compliance matters. Tyler 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, Tyler was an honors trial attorney in the Natural Resources Section of the U.S. 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. Tyler was twice awarded the Outstanding Performance Award for her work defending environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects.

Prior to law school, Tyler 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, Tyler evaluated contaminated sites for potential inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL) under CERCLA.

Experience

  • 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 U.S. 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.).

Perspectives

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Implications of Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Qualification Certification Improvement Rule for Tribal Nations
Speaker, American Bar Association’s Community Conversation
Environmental, Social, Governance: The Professional's Guide to the Law and Practice of ESG
Environmental, Social, Governance: The Professional's Guide to the Law and Practice of ESG
Clean Water Act
CCUS Projects & Environmental Law: The US Regulatory Landscape Affecting CCUS, EUCI
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 (Washington, D.C.) (2021-2024)
Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
(2019-2021)
North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society
(2019-2021)

Credentials

Education

  • 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

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • North Carolina

Government & Military Service

  • Honors Trial Attorney, Natural Resources Section, U.S. Department of Justice

Activities

  • 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)
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