Chris Morgan has been advising clients on environmental law issues for more than 20 years. Her practice focuses on environmental counseling on complex compliance and business strategy issues, administrative enforcement matters, and risk identification and management in transactions and other strategic corporate projects. In compliance and business strategy matters, she represents clients on cutting-edge issues arising under the Clean Water Act (including high-risk TMDL allocations, NPDES permit negotiations, and wetlands strategy), RCRA (including multisite financial assurance, RCRA permitting strategy, and corrective actions), TSCA, EPCRA reporting, CERCLA, and state equivalents.
In addition to her experience and success representing clients on water matters, Chris has extensive experience advising clients on strategic aspects of property remediation and disposition matters under both federal and state corrective action/remediation programs (including Georgia's HSRA, VRP, and Brownfields programs), which includes securing no further action determinations under several programs. In transactional matters, she frequently represents clients in analyzing risks associated with environmental liabilities in various types of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, facility closure and disposition, lending and restructuring transactions, and in developing innovative options for due diligence and for management of identified environmental risks. She has represented clients in proceedings before the United States Environmental Protection Agency, numerous state agencies, and state and federal courts.
Chris is active in several professional and civic associations, including the Georgia Bar Association (Environmental Law Section) and the Atlanta Bar Association, and actively participates in pro bono efforts. Additionally, Chris speaks and writes regularly on environmental law issues.
EPA Issues Flexible Standards for Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Manufacturing Facilities and Power Plants
- Vermont Law School (J.D. magna cum laude 1995; Master of Studies in Environmental Law 1995); Davidson College (B.A. 1992)
- Chambers USA (2009-2019) — recognized as a "leader in their field" in Georgia for environmental law