Karma’s practice focuses on environmental and administrative law.

Karma represents clients on environmental and administrative law issues, with an emphasis on litigation and regulatory compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and on CERCLA and hazardous waste cases throughout the country. Representative clients include water agencies, oil and natural gas pipeline companies, trade associations, solid waste companies, and developers. Karma has extensive experience drafting comments on administrative rulemakings, advising clients on policy and regulatory clarifications, negotiating complex settlements, and with federal and state litigation.

Karma has undertaken significant pro bono work representing detainees at Guantánamo Bay in habeas corpus proceedings and numerous asylum applicants before the Department of Homeland Security. She is also a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and Charitable Giving Committee and has received the firm’s E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

Karma was an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School from 2007 to 2009. Before joining the firm, she participated in the Solicitor’s Honors Program at the US Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor and was a law clerk to the Honorable Francis M. Allegra of the US Court of Federal Claims, Washington, DC.

Relevant Experience

  • Represent coalition of national agricultural and industry associations in litigation challenging rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) under CWA section 404.
  • Represent coalition of trade associations in litigation challenging the Corps’ Nationwide Permit 12.
  • Represent large landholder in administrative appeal of Corps jurisdictional determination.
  • Prepare amicus briefs for various industry and agricultural interests on CWA and ESA cases before the US Supreme Court and US Courts of Appeals.
  • Represent major waste management company in CERCLA and Natural Resource Damages litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Negotiate settlement of litigation arising under Section 404 of the CWA and advise clients on compliance with complex consent decrees.
  • Prepare comments on EPA and Corps CWA rulemakings and Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service ESA rulemakings.
  • Represent land developers on issues relating to Corps jurisdictional determinations and the use of general permits under Section 404 of the CWA.
  • Advise natural gas pipeline company regarding abandonment in place of offshore pipelines.

Memberships

  • Member, Legal Action Committee, National Association of Home Builders, 2012 to present
  • Member, Legal Affairs Committee, National Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • Vice Chair, Endangered Species Committee, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2008 to 2010
  • Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University Law School, 2007 to 2009
  • Member, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Member, Northern Virginia Home Builders Association
  • Member, Legal Action Network for Development Strategies

Awards & Recognition

  • 2017 Chambers USA Environment Law Firm of the Year
  • Selected as Environmental “Super Lawyer” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013 to 2016
  • Named among Law360 Environmental Rising Stars, 2012
  • Beacon of Justice Award, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, 2007
  • E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Hunton & Williams LLP, 2003 to 2008

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