Yin Zhou,
Of Counsel

Legal Administrative Assistant:Wendy Griggs
+1.202.789.6248

Biography

Yin uses her experience in state and federal agencies to help clients manage complex hazardous waste and legacy cleanup matters.

As a former Attorney-Advisor on environmental issues at the General Counsel's Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Yin advised on federal and state hazardous waste regulations in relation to complex waste management activities and legacy cleanups at sites across the country. In this role, she represented DOE in negotiations with state regulators and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on hazardous waste issues, and advised on administrative proceedings related to hazardous waste permitting for treatment, storage and disposal facilities, including permit modifications and renewals. Additionally, Yin developed a novel legal strategy and worked with her client to petition EPA for a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) treatment variance to effectuate a critical demonstration project that evaluates the feasibility of grouting and disposing of tank waste from a site in Washington.

Prior to her work at DOE, Yin has prior law firm experience counseling clients on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues related to solid and hazardous waste, including representing clients before the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on permits and other approvals. She also drafted and reviewed environmental provisions in purchase-and-sale agreements, corporate loan and mortgage documents, and commercial leases to address due diligence, site remediation, releases and indemnification, and post-closing obligations.

She began her legal career in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, counseling NJDEP  across multiple program areas, with a particular focus on site remediation, solid waste, water resources management, and clean energy. During her time as a Deputy Attorney General, she also represented NJDEP in a variety of enforcement matters and other administrative proceedings.

*Admitted only in New Jersey and New York; not a member of the DC Bar. Practicing in DC pursuant to D.C. App. Rule 49(c)(8). DC practice supervised by members of the DC Bar.

Education

  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law  (J.D., 2012)
  • Columbia University  (B.S., 2008)
    • Earth and Environmental Engineering
    • Dean's List

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - New Jersey

Honors & Awards

  • Top Attorney, Brownfields, 2020, SJ Magazine
  • 20 Under 40, 2020, South Jersey Biz Magazine
  • Best Business Attorney, Environmental Law, 2019, South Jersey Biz Magazine

Publications

Contributor (Hazardous Waste Management), NJ Environmental Law Handbook, Bernan Press, 2020 (9th Ed.)