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Kelly Johnson

Partner

975 F Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004

Kelly Johnson leverages her experience and knowledge of the executive, legislative, and judicial systems to deliver clients strategic solutions to the complex challenges they face.

Kelly’s practice, at the intersection of law and public policy, includes providing environmental and natural resources compliance advice and helping clients subject to  federal enforcement investigations or proceedings.  She focuses on environmental, energy, and natural resource matters for a diverse range of corporate entities.

After starting her career at Holland & Hart, Kelly served as Counsel to the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee.  She later was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment & Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice representing the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, and other federal agencies in litigation involving their environmental and conservation decisions. Kelly draws on the expertise and relationships established through her public service on Capitol Hill and the Department of Justice to develop and execute strategies that promote or protect clients’ interests before federal decision makers in Washington, D.C. 

From 2012 to 2017, Kelly led the firm’s Environment and Natural Resources practice, one of the largest in the country at over 100 lawyers. Kelly currently serves as the Administrative Partner of the Washington DC office.

Experience

Kelly has experience in many areas of environmental and natural resources law, including:

  • Defending Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act investigations and enforcement proceedings
  • Federal litigation involving environmental and land management statutes
  • Environmental compliance and permitting
  • American Indian Law
  • Federal legislative and regulatory affairs

Client Results

  • Negotiated a Clean Air Act settlement for an oil and gas producer.

  • Successfully resolved a Resource Conservation & Recovery Act enforcement action against a mining company.
  • Led the donation of mineral lands to the National Park Service.

  • Represented mining companies in responding to Clean Air Act requests for information.

  • Represented a hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal company in a Clean Air Act enforcement action.

  • Developed and implemented a successful legislative strategy to secure Congressional authorization of a three-party land exchange resolving a long-standing tribal land claim.

  • Successfully convinced the Bureau of Land Management that the agency had the legal authority to allow the on-site use of mine waste methane.
  • Executed a successful legislative strategy to secure Congressional approval of a multistate project in the western United States.
  • Represented trona, coal, and precious metals mining companies on regulatory matters before the Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency.

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Recognition

  • Washington DC Super Lawyer®, Energy & Natural Resources

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Distinguished Alumni Counsel, 2013-Present
  • District of Columbia Bar, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section Steering Committee, Co-Chair, 2008-2010
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