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  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
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    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2005

  • Temple Law Review, Staff member

Drexel University, B.S. (biology), summa cum laude, 2002

Society of  Women Environmental Professionals of Greater Philadelphia

Women's Energy Network

Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council, Member

Brandywine Valley SPCA, Board Member

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Volunteer

Delaware Valley Earth Force

  • Board of Directors (2009-2011)
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“Recognizing the importance of understanding our clients’ operations is essential to developing practical solutions to complex problems.”

As a partner in the firm’s air and industrial practice group, Kate focuses on regulatory matters related to air quality and industrial processes.  Drawing on her scientific educational background, she works with range of clients, including petroleum refineries, power plants, chemical manufacturers, and commercial and development entities.  She has extensive experience in counseling clients on compliance issues arising under federal and state air pollution control regulations, assisting clients in securing air permits for a variety of equipment types and facilities, and negotiating agency enforcement actions alleging violations of regulatory requirements.  Kate has also handled litigation matters, including challenging significant federal air regulations before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and appealing environmental permits before administrative review boards in multiple jurisdictions.

Kate has spent her entire legal career at the firm, beginning as a summer associate in 2003.  Now, she works closely with more junior attorneys as the firm’s associate workload partner.  Kate also values community involvement and served on the Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council, including as Chair, for several years.  Kate is an avid supporter of animal adoption and advocacy and has volunteered in the animal welfare sector for nearly a decade.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Brandywine Valley SPCA.  Kate also formerly served on the Board of Directors of Delaware Valley Earth Force.  In 2014, Kate was selected for and graduated from LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s Core Program.  In law school, Kate was a member of the Temple Law Review, and in college at Drexel, Kate was admitted to the Honors Program and graduated first among all biology majors.  

In her free time, Kate likes to stay active, hiking and working on her yoga practice, and enjoys downtime with her husband and rescue dog.

Representative examples of Kate’s experience include the following:               

  • Kate counsels major power plants on various federal and state air regulations, with a particular focus on EPA’s regulations establishing emission standards for electric generating units (EGUs), including, most recently, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for fossil fuel-fired EGUs (MATS).  Kate’s work for these clients has included challenging CSAPR and MATS before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Kate advises a variety of clients on federal and state air regulations affecting emergency generators, including the NESHAP for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Internal Combustion Engines.  Kate has assisted clients in obtaining permits addressing these regulations, negotiating agreements involving electricity providers emergency back-up power, and developing operating programs for achieving compliance at the facility level.       
  • Kate spent several years assisting a major petroleum refinery in revising its Title V operating permit.  This process involved New Source Review (NSR), Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR), and greenhouse gas regulations, among other federal and state regulatory programs.  This work included extensive negotiations with the state environmental agency, significant administrative appeals, and the resolution of a variety of enforcement issues.

Kate has written articles on a variety of subjects related to air quality regulation, including the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, EPA’s recent NESHAP regulations for boilers and other combustion sources, and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).  Kate has also presented to legal and technical professionals though national webinars addressing the NAAQS regulations and EPA’s recent standards regulating the combustion of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials in boilers and incineration units (EPA’s “NHSM” and “CISWI” rules).

At the firm, Kate has been an active member of the hiring committee for many years.  She has also been extensively involved in the firm’s summer associate program as a mentor.  

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers listing (environmental law), 2017; “Rising Star” listing (environmental law), since 2013. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Click here to view the selection methodology.
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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

“What’s in the Air? Permitting-Enforcement-Modeling-Continuous Monitoring” presented by MGKF and ALL4, Bala Cynwyd, PA, July 17, 2018

"Hot Topics and Advanced Air Permitting" presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum in Harrisburg, April 11, 2018

"Air Update" presented at the Environment Committee Meeting of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ), Bordentown, NJ, February 23, 2018

"A Regulatory Overview for Plant Management" presented at the Plant Operations Management Workshop sponsored by the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ), East Brunswick, NJ, December 5, 2017

"Hot Topics and Advanced Air Permitting" presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Forum in Harrisburg, April 5, 2017

“Are You Prepared for an Environmental Emergency at Your Camp?” presented at Tri-State CAMP Conference, April 2, 2017

"Environmental Compliance for Camps," an MGKF webinar presented on behalf of AMSkier Insurance, February 25, 2016

"Preparing for and Responding to an Emergency of Casualty Incident," sponsored by MGKF in Bala Cynwynd, PA, June 24, 2014

“Industrial Boiler MACT,” a webinar presented for the McIlvaine Company’s Hot Topic Hour, March 22, 2012

“Impact on Ambient Air Rules for PM2.5 and Ozone,” a webinar presented for the McIlvaine Company’s Hot Topic Hour, December 9, 2010

“Impact of Ambient Air Rules for Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone on Fossil Fuel Power Plants,” a webinar presented for the McIlvaine Company’s Hot Topic Hour, April 22, 2010

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