Allison D. Foley

Foley Allison

Allison Foley advises clients on environmental and administrative issues critical to the utility, manufacturing, and real estate industries, with an emphasis on site remediation and redevelopment, risk assessment, chemicals management, and solid and hazardous waste management and disposal.

Allison’s practice encompasses:

  • Providing guidance on key federal environmental statutes, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Regulatory advocacy in the context of existing environmental regulations and ongoing rulemaking activity by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rulemakings of critical importance to the utility and manufacturing industries, including in connection with chemical risk assessment and management, use and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), site remediation, and chemical facility security
  • Counseling manufacturers and retailers on consumer product labeling and warning requirements arising under FIFRA and California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65), and advocacy in connection with similar environmental and chemical legislation
  • Advising lenders and developers on environmental liability management strategies and insurance considerations associated with the transfer and redevelopment of brownfields, Superfund sites, and other industrial, commercial, and residential properties
  • Representing trade associations in actions challenging and defending final agency rules

Allison currently serves on the Venable Foundation Grants Committee, and is actively involved with the firm's recruiting efforts. She formerly served as coordinator of Venable's summer associate program.


Representative Matters

  • Together with Venable partners Douglas Green and Aaron Wallisch, serves as counsel to the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG), an association of more than 150 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. Allison provides USWAG compliance counseling and regulatory advocacy under the full spectrum of federal environmental laws addressing PCB use and disposal, chemicals management, risk assessment, site remediation, and solid and hazardous waste management and disposal
  • On behalf of USWAG and other clients, has prepared comments on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rulemakings that are critical to the utility industry, including rulemakings involving the evaluation and regulation of chemical substances under TSCA, the use and disposal of PCBs in electrical equipment and natural gas pipelines, chemical facility security, site remediation, and vapor intrusion
  • Provides environmental counsel to the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) on management of environmental risk associated with transactions involving potentially contaminated properties
  • 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




  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E-50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action—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


  • Chambers USA
    • Up and Coming, Environment, Washington, DC, 2017
    • Environment, Washington, DC, 2013 – 2016
  • Venable LLP, Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2011


Pro Bono

  • Provides pro bono representation on commercial litigation, insurance, and civil rights matters
  • Formerly served on the Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s Young Lawyers Alliance; continues to provide pro bono representation to seniors in the District of Columbia regarding estate planning and other legal needs


  • Member, Venable Foundation Grants Committee
  • Former board member, DC Greens, 2014 - 2016