Emily Orler's practice focuses on environmental regulatory and compliance counseling, and environmental litigation. Ms. Orler advises clients on environmental rulemakings and environmental laws applicable to infrastructure and natural resource development projects. She also represents clients in remediation of contaminated sites.

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Ms. Orler worked for nearly a decade in the federal government managing compliance with environmental review and permitting statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and the Endangered Species Act. By holding positions at four agencies with diverse missions taking actions throughout the United States, she developed a broad perspective on environmental compliance while gaining significant experience with utility infrastructure and nuclear waste remediation projects. In addition to leading and providing oversight on project-specific reviews, she also contributed to several intra- and inter-agency policy initiatives.

Perspectives

FERC and CEQ Prepare to Tackle Key NEPA-GHG Issues (pdf)
The Energy Law Report
EPA Asks Court to Leave Controversial Clean Water Act Section 401 Rule in Place Until New Rule Expected in Spring 2023
Environmental Edge: Climate Change & Regulatory Insights
Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to Trump’s NEPA Regulations
Environmental Edge: Climate Change & Regulatory Insights
EPA to Revise Controversial Clean Water Act Section 401 Rule, with Major Implications for Energy and Infrastructure Projects
Environmental Edge: Climate Change & Regulatory Insights
A Divided FERC Issues a Carbon Policy Statement
Environmental Edge: Climate Change & Regulatory Insights
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2019, cum laude
  • BA, Environmental Studies & Political Science, Tulane University, 2010, summa cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Government & Military Service
  • Acting Director & Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Regulatory Compliance, Office of Environmental Management, US Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance, Office of the General Counsel, US Department of Energy
  • Detailee, Energy, Minerals & Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management, US Department of the Interior
  • Environmental Protection Specialist, Rural Utilities Service, US Department of Agriculture
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