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Karen M. Hansen
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Karen M. Hansenâ€™s environmental law practice focuses on Clean Water Act and state regulatory programs including water quality and use, and on defending CWA enforcement actions, including those targeting municipalities under EPA's "wet weather" enforcement initiative. Ms. Hansen counsels clients on emerging trends in water quality programs, including initiatives such as watershed-based permitting, TMDLs, trading and allocation, and land-based impacts on coastal and ocean resources. She has extensive experience assisting clients with implementing corporate-wide compliance auditing under EPA and state audit policies, including disclosure and corrective action strategies for self-identified noncompliance. She has represented clients on inspection and enforcement matters covering a variety of environmental and worker safety programs.
In addition to serving as a frequent speaker, writer and planner for a variety of environmental law and policy programs, Ms. Hansen has served in elected and appointed roles on numerous state bar and American Bar Association committees and task forces. Ms. Hansen serves on the firm's Management Committee, Co-Chairs the Water Law Practice, and Chairs the Diversity Committee.
Ms. Hansen received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Litigation, and her undergraduate degree in Business and Economics from Trinity University (B.A., cum laude). Ms. Hansen has received Certificates in Executive and Transformational Leadership at the Georgetown University Center for Professional Development.
Ms. Hansen is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Minnesota State Bar.
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Energy in the Southwest - New Directions in Energy Markets and Regulation: The Critical Issues of Water Quality and Supply in Energy Development
2008 Ocean Seminar Series - Emerging and Expanding Ocean Uses: Scientific and Regulatory Uncertainty
NACWA 2006 Law Seminar: Water Quality Modeling
California and the World Ocean '06: Alternative Energy and the OCS