Professionals / Bethany S. French
Bethany S. French
1350 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3311
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Bethany French is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. She primarily focuses on regulatory issues associated with hazardous wastes and consumer/industrial products. She has represented a number of individual companies and trade associations in a variety of industries, including electronics, consumer products, chemicals, and recycling.
In particular, Ms. French provides regulatory counseling on solid/hazardous waste, international restrictions on shipments of used products and end-of-life materials, and related environmental permitting issues. She has determined the regulatory status of various used materials both in the U.S. and abroad; identified the regulatory requirements associated with handling such materials domestically and abroad; and identified exemptions from permitting requirements for certain materials and activities.
Ms. French also counsels on U.S. and foreign regulations designed to prevent the diversion of chemical products to illicit purposes, such as in the production of chemical weapons or illegal drugs. She has analyzed and helped resolve issues for products containing controlled substance precursors under U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations and their counterparts in all 50 states and dozens of countries. She also advises companies on compliance with national-level chemical import notification schemes.
Ms. French also provides representation on the environmental aspects of transactions, including the integration of acquired businesses, drafting environmental provisions of agreements, and transferring environmental permits.
Beyond her environmental law practice, Ms. French maintains an active pro bono practice. In addition to serving on the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee, she has assisted with the Firm’s pro bono representation of various non-profit organizations and represented clients in estate planning, end-of-life care matters, and domestic violence proceedings.
Before joining Beveridge & Diamond, Ms. French clerked with the U.S. Department of Justice, in both the Environmental Enforcement and the Natural Resources Sections, and the D.C Legal Aid Society. Prior to law school, Ms. French obtained a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health. While in graduate school, she was a research assistant in an Environmental Health Laboratory.