April 28, 2014

Venable Adds U.S. EPA Deputy General Counsel Bicky Corman as Environmental Partner in Washington

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Former Deputy GC, Senior Sustainability Advisor and Deputy Associate Administrator worked in the EPA, DOJ and the Senate’s Environment & Public Works Subcommittee on Hazardous Waste; Ms. Corman served as first General Counsel for DC’s Department of the Environment and as Acting Interim Director

Washington, DC (April 28, 2014) – In a noteworthy addition to its national environmental group, Venable LLP announced that Bicky Corman, a longtime government regulatory attorney who served as Deputy General Counsel, Senior Sustainability Advisor and Deputy Associate Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has joined the firm as a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office.

Ms. Corman brings nearly three decades of experience on the front lines of environmental regulation, litigation, and policy.  Prior to her tenure at the EPA, she served as the first general counsel for the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment and as Acting Interim Director.

Ms. Corman also worked as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section and as an assistant regional counsel in EPA's New York office.

In addition to her work in the executive branch at both the federal and state level, Ms. Corman served on Capitol Hill on the staff of the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

At Venable, Ms. Corman joins one of the country’s preeminent environmental groups, with particular expertise in the regulatory and enforcement arenas.  That includes Judson Starr, former chief of the DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Section, who regularly handles sensitive investigations and prosecutions of both corporations and individuals facing serious environmental contingencies.  Another Venable partner is Margaret Strand, former chief of the DOJ’s chief of the Environmental Defense Section.  For many years, Venable presented the annual American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) conference on environmental crimes.

“We are at an important inflection point in environmental law, as regulators and lawmakers are trying to balance industry’s – and indeed, the nation’s – need for energy independence, with an equally urgent promise to sustain and protect natural resources.  And with the Obama Administration strongly advancing an environmental agenda for the final two years of the term, we can expect that regulators at all levels to be extremely active,” said Douglas Green, head of Venable’s Environmental Law Group.

“Bicky Corman has been at the center of environment rulemaking and enforcement and is keenly attuned to the challenges that major businesses face on compliance,” Mr. Green added.  “She is a first-rate complement to the practice and will be a sought-after counsel for our clients.”

Ms. Corman commented:  “Venable has long had a reputation as one of the country’s preeminent destinations for environmental law, with a sphere of influence that extends across civil, regulatory, legislative and criminal matters.  The firm is as strong on administrative issues as it is in helping companies and non-profits navigate ultra-sensitive litigation and enforcement proceedings.  Venable attorneys are extremely knowledgeable on the workings of the key agencies regulating companies on environmental compliance – at the federal, state and local level and represent clients on the full range of issues that are also relevant to their operations.  I am excited to be adding my experience to the practice.”

Ms. Corman received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A. at the Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University.


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