Kyle W. Robisch

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Kyle Robisch is an associate in Venable's Environmental Group in Washington, DC and is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee. He assists clients with regulatory compliance, permitting, and complex litigation. His practice focuses on a variety of federal environmental laws and their state analogues, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). Kyle also routinely advises clients appearing before federal and state agencies, both in and out of court.

Prior to joining Venable, Kyle served a two-year clerkship with the Honorable G. Kendall Sharp of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. During his tenure as a law clerk, Kyle drafted numerous orders on dispositive motions and assisted the judge during many civil and criminal trials and hearings. While clerking, Kyle worked on several environmental law cases including, CWA, NEPA, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERLCA) cases.

Kyle currently serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Water Resources Committee. He has won multiple legal writing awards for his writing on the role of agency discretion in the administration and enforcement of environmental law.


Representative Matters

Kyle's recent representative matters include the following:

  • Counseling a mining company during its pre-project environmental review and representing it during ensuing ESA, NEPA, and FLPMA litigation.
  • Advising a major energy delivery company on transnational oil pipeline construction and repair.
  • Drafting proposed federal public lands legislation with an eye for eventual agency implementation and judicial review.
  • Advising an energy extraction company during negotiation and implementation of a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Counseling a railroad during its state environmental permitting process and ensuing administrative hearing process.
  • Securing compensation for a commercial real estate company’s petroleum remediation costs.
  • Assisting electric utility companies with RCRA compliance.
  • Counseling a railroad during a state environmental agency's investigation of its railroad tie disposal process.




  • J.D. Vanderbilt University Law School 2014
  • Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • B.A. magna cum laude University of Florida 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame

    J. Wayne Reitz Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Clerk Experience

  • The Honorable G. Kendall Sharp U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Professional Memberships and Activities

Co-Chair, Water Resources Committee, ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (2017-2018)

American Road & Transportation Builders Association
- Environmental Committee
- Transportation Law Committee

Florida House on Capitol Hill, Young Ambassadors Council

Florida Association of Environmental Professionals


  • Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (for Getting to the (Non)Point: Private Governance as a Solution to Nonpoint Source Pollution)
  • First Prize, American Bar Association, Section on Environment Energy & Resources, Public Lands Law and Policy Legal Writing Competition (for The NEPA Implied Exemption Doctrine: How a Novel and Creeping Common Law Exemption Threatens to Undermine the National Environmental Policy Act)
  • First Prize, California Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Student Writing Competition on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (for Keeping the Peace and the Constitution: Balancing Community Caregiving Searches and the Fourth Amendment)


Personal Activities

Kyle is active in the Washington, DC community. He serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics District of Columbia (SODC), and is chair of SODC's Young Professionals Council. He also participates in the Vanderbilt Law School (VLS) Alumni Admissions Program, in which he interviews prospective VLS students in the Washington, DC area. Additionally, he serves on the Florida House on Capitol Hill—"Florida's embassy in the nation's capital"—Young Ambassadors Council.