Margaret K. Fawal

Fawal Margaret

Maggie Fawal regularly assists clients with environmental regulatory and litigation matters, with a focus on issues impacting electric utility companies, agribusiness, pharmaceutical companies, rail and surface transportation, and mining.

Maggie advises clients on chemical regulation and waste management issues under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. She has assisted companies in performing comprehensive RCRA and TSCA compliance audits and meeting their regulatory reporting obligations.  She also represents companies in EPA enforcement proceedings.

In addition to her chemical and waste management work, Maggie guides clients through the regulatory and environmental review and permitting processes required for complex infrastructure and natural resource development projects and helps clients defend against challenges to project approvals. Her work often involves reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act compliance, Endangered Species Act compliance, and permitting under the Clean Water Act.

Maggie works closely with clients to gain a full understanding of their goals and business values, which helps her to quickly and efficiently identify practical solutions to the issues they face.



Representative Matters

Maggie's recent representative matters include the following:

  • Advocating on behalf of the electric utility industry before the EPA and in the courts for sensible and environmentally protective solid waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act 
  • Challenging on behalf of the electric utility industry provisions of EPA’s final coal combustion residuals rule in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals 
  • Counseling companies on compliance with the Resource Conservation Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
  • Performing an audit of a company’s CERCLA and EPCRA past chemical release reporting obligations and advising on a compliance path moving forward
  • Representing an electric power cooperative in one of the first enforcement actions under EPA’s coal combustion residuals rule
  • Advising on the regulatory review and permitting processes for numerous freight rail and high-speed passenger rail projects
  • Assisting multiple mining companies throughout the federal permitting and other regulatory processes




  • J.D. cum laude Duke University School of Law 2010
    • Managing editor, Alaska Law Review
    • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum
  • B.B.A. with honors University of Texas 2007

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Paul D. Stickney, Magistrate Judge U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas


  • BTI Consulting Group, Client Service All-Star, 2020