Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2007
    Sparer Fellow
    Moot Court Board
    Journal of Law and Social Change
  • B.A., cum laude, Georgetown University, 2003


  • American Bar Association

    District of Columbia Bar Association

    New York State Bar Association

    Member, ASTM Committee E-50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action
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Allison D. Foley


Allison Foley's practice focuses on a range of environmental and administrative issues critical to the utility, manufacturing, and real estate industries, with a focus on chemical management, risk assessment, site remediation, and solid and hazardous waste management and disposal. This work includes participation in major federal rulemakings as well as compliance counseling under the nation's environmental and chemical statutes, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Allison handles a range of regulatory issues on behalf of trade associations and private companies, including several matters under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and its state counterparts, successfully compelling production of government records and protecting disclosure of sensitive information. Allison also advises manufacturing and retail clients on labeling and warning requirements of potential applicability to consumer products, including for example those arising under the Federal Insecticide, and Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65).

Allison regularly counsels developers, lenders, and sellers on environmental liability management and remediation strategies associated with the transfer and redevelopment of industrial, commercial, and residential properties, including Brownfields. Allison also provides counsel on insurance matters related to significant corporate transactions.

Representative Clients

Allison represents a number of electric and gas utility companies and trade associations. Together with Venable partners Douglas Green and Aaron Wallisch, Allison is counsel to the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG), an association of more than110 energy industry operating companies and trade associations including the Edison Electric Institute, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the American Gas Association, and the American Public Power Association. Combined, USWAG's members service more than 95% of the nation's consumers of electricity. Allison represents USWAG on compliance, reporting, and enforcement under the full spectrum of federal environmental laws.

On behalf of USWAG and other trade association clients, Allison has prepared comments on EPA and DHS rulemakings of critical importance to the utility industry, including proposals affecting carbon capture and sequestration, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), solid waste identification, and chemical facility security. Her practice also includes the representation of trade associations in actions challenging and defending final agency rules.

On the environmental diligence front, Ms. Foley represents lenders and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) on transactions involving potentially contaminated properties. Additional past projects have involved the performance of environmental due diligence and insurance review on behalf of lenders and other project participants for the financing of hydroelectric, wind power, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations and for the acquisition of electronics recycling operations.


As a member of the ASTM International E-50 Committee on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, Allison has participated in the development of multiple industry standards related to the assessment and remediation of contaminated properties, including the recently updated ASTM E1527-13 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Practice, the ASTM E2600 Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening, and the first ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups.

Since 2008 Allison has been actively involved in the firm’s recruiting and hiring efforts, and is a former coordinator of the firm’s summer associate program. 

Allison maintains an active pro bono practice, and in 2011 was named the Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.  Allison has provided pro bono representation on a range of matters involving commercial litigation, insurance, and civil rights, and as a member of Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s Young Lawyers Alliance regularly counsels seniors in the District regarding estate planning and other legal needs.  Allison is active in the community in charitable fundraising and serves as a member of the Venable Foundation Grants Committee.

From 2014-2016, Allison served on the Board of Directors for DC Greens, a District of Columbia non-profit organization supporting food access, education and policy in the District.