Kathy Robb

  • New York

Kathy’s practice focuses on environmental litigation before Federal and administrative courts, regulation, counseling, and transactions.

Her representative clients include water districts, developers, electric utilities, investors, chemical manufacturers, and paper companies.

Chambers 2010 says “she has an excellent reputation for her water law [experience]” and “excels in ‘taking the lead—she’s great at setting the agenda, and pulling everybody together.’” Kathy is frequently quoted in business and trade publications, including the Clean Water Report, Congressional Quarterly, American Lawyer, BNA’s Environmental Compliance, the Christian Science Monitor, and BNA's Environmental Due Diligence Guide, among others.

Kathy served as a law clerk to the Hon. Glen M. Williams, US District Court, Western District of Virginia. She is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and of New Jersey. She is the founder and director of the Firm’s Water Policy Institute, seeking innovative sustainable solutions to water supply and quality issues. She serves as Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School, where she co-teaches “International Environmental Law and Human Rights.”

Relevant Experience

  • Representing intervenors in 9th Circuit, 10th Circuit, and federal district court cases in several states regarding water issues and the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, and related statutes, including cases involving the All-American Canal, Glen Canyon Dam, the silvery minnow, and the whooping crane. 
  • Advising developer on wetlands and Endangered Species Act issues on over 6,000-acre development in Florida involving the Florida panther. 
  • Filed amici briefs in S.D. Warren v. Maine BEP and Nat’l Ass’n. of Homebuilders v. Defenders of Wildlife, et al. before the US Supreme Court regarding issues under the Clean Water Act. 
  • Advised real estate developer on wetlands permitting issues on redevelopment of the Meadowlands in New Jersey. 
  • Representing individual clients at NPL-listed Superfund site involving 100 miles of river in Michigan with PCB-contaminated sediment, on regulatory issues and in litigation. 
  • Represented individual clients at 250 square mile NPL-listed Superfund site in California on contaminated groundwater issues. 
  • Litigated Superfund contribution claims in federal district court on several contaminated groundwater sites in various states. 
  • Developed the structure for and filed with FERC the market design and rules for a resource adequacy market for an independent system operator, now serving as a template for resource adequacy markets nationwide. 
  • Advising investors, sellers and buyers on environmental risks in business transactions involving electric generating facilities, chemical plants, and manufacturing facilities from the bid process through closing, including corporate restructuring to manage risks. 
  • Advising individual clients on regulatory matters including permitting, waste storage, waste disposal, internal auditing and reporting requirements. 
  • Advised electric utility on CWA 316(a) and (b) issues in negotiating permit conditions related to cooling water intake structures. 
  • Litigated licensing of a nuclear power plant in New York.