Allison Rumsey's practice focuses primarily on environmental litigation and enforcement matters. Ms. Rumsey represents clients in State and federal regulatory enforcement actions, class action and citizen suit lawsuits, and business disputes. She represented BP in the litigation brought by the United States, citizen and environmental groups, states, and foreign states arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In addition to litigation, Ms. Rumsey advises clients on federal and State regulatory compliance. She has experience in CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, among other statutes. Ms. Rumsey also has an active practice representing clients with respect to the environmental laws applicable to large infrastructure and other projects, including the development of a gold mine, the construction of a railroad bridge across a major waterway, and the redevelopment of a large sports field on federal land.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rumsey was Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division of the US Department of Justice. As an Honors Trial Attorney in the Natural Resources Section, Ms. Rumsey handled several high-profile environmental cases. She was awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Rumsey also has worked extensively in South Africa on a variety of environmental issues. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center teaching Environmental Law.

Ms. Rumsey clerked for the Honorable Harold Greene, United States District Court of the District of Columbia and for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Experience

  • Chemours, as lead counsel, on enforcement litigation brought by the State of North Carolina, relating to the discovery of chemicals in the Cape Fear River in North Carolina attributable to the client's facility.
  • Chemours, as lead counsel, in four toxic tort class action lawsuits brought by homeowners around facility, and public water utilities.
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals in a series of cases brought by government prosecutors, third-party payors, and private individuals alleging fraudulent marketing of opioids for longterm pain and seeking damages, restitution, and civil penalties.
  • BPXP as part of a team in lawsuits brought by the United States under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act and other actions claiming violations of a variety of federal and state laws, brought as a result of the oil spill by the state of Louisiana, citizen groups, and environmental groups, among others.
  • FORTUNE 100 company in a cost recovery action brought by the United States at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
  • FORTUNE 500 company in CERCLA litigation related to the cleanup and redevelopment of shorefront property and the remediation of Hudson River sediments.
  • Major chemical company in a natural resource damages matter arising from historic contamination of the Ottawa River in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Wind developer on a large wind farm in Wyoming.
  • Large oil company as part of a team in negotiations with the US Environmental Protection Agency over alleged Clean Air Act permitting issues at a refinery.
  • FORTUNE 100 company in providing legal counseling on the impact of listings under the Endangered Species Act on a wind farm development.
  • International pulp and paper company on the implications of the new regulatory landscape climate change on their business.
  • FORTUNE 100 company in providing legal assistance both on compliance with federal greenhouse gas regulations, policies, and programs and understanding opportunities created by those new regulations.

Perspectives

Overhaul of NEPA’s Implementing Regulations: What You Need To Know (pdf)
Pratt's Energy Law Report, Vol. 20, No. 10
The Chemical Compound-October 2020
Legal Updates on High Priority Chemicals and Important Chemical-Regulatory Developments
CEQ Finalizes Comprehensive Changes to NEPA Regulations
Advisory
EPA Finalizes Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification Rule & Attempts to Narrow State and Tribal Review
Advisory
The Chemical Compound—May 2020
Legal Updates on High Priority Chemicals and Important Chemical-Regulatory Developments
More

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1992, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA, Middlebury College, 1985, cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Government & Military Service
  • Honors Trial Attorney, Natural Resources Section, US Department of Justice
  • Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, US Department of Justice
Clerkships
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, The Honorable Harry T. Edwards
  • US District Court, District of Columbia, The Honorable Harold H. Greene
Activities
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Georgetown University Law Center

  • Instructor, Environmental Law Institute Superfund Bootcamp

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