Catherine D. Little

Partner

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3056
Business Fax: 404.885.3900

catherine.little@troutman.com

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Catherine Little counsels clients on energy-related environmental and administrative law at all levels of federal, state and local government, with particular emphasis on regulatory compliance, enforcement defense and administrative adjudication under the Pipeline Safety Act, Clean Water Act (including wetlands) and the Oil Pollution Act. Catherine regularly advises clients with respect to pipeline safety regulatory compliance issues, permitting, spill and release reporting, as well as natural resource damage assessment claims. She conducts large-scale confidential investigations and compliance audits to assist companies in identifying legal risks and preparing defenses. Catherine's clients include oil and natural gas pipelines, chemical companies and other major utility and manufacturing concerns.

Catherine has served as a moderator, speaker and panelist at legal and industry conferences and seminars around the country, and is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and editorials on environmental, compliance and regulatory issues.

Representative Matters

  • Regularly advise oil and gas pipelines on broad range of regulatory compliance and enforcement issues under transportation safety and environmental laws.
  • Counsel pipeline companies on new construction and expansion projects, including permitting and compliance advice under range of federal and state laws.
  • Routinely conduct confidential internal investigations on regulatory compliance issues and provide enforcement defense in civil and criminal investigations.
  • Defended and resolved proposed suspension and debarment actions.
  • Represented one of the largest oil pipelines in the country on federal and state enforcement actions arising from spills to waters of the United States, including federal criminal and civil actions.
  • Participated in negotiating favorable resolutions of Natural Resource Damage Assessment actions with federal and state entities.
  • Defended and negotiated resolutions of numerous citizen suit actions under Section 505 of the Clean Water Act and Section 7002(a) of RCRA against corporations and municipalities alike.
  • Participated in negotiations resulting in resolution of over eight years of legal challenges by the environmental community to Georgia's general permit for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities.
  • Routinely conducts environmental due diligence, negotiates environmental indemnity agreements, and provides advice on environmental issues in a variety of transactions.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Annual Meeting, Southern States Energy Board, September 2017
  • Speaker, Annual Business Conference, Association of Oil Pipelines, September 2017
  • Speaker, Pipeline Conference, American Petroleum Institute, April 2017
  • Speaker, Associate Members Winter Meeting, Southern States Energy Board, February 2017
  • Speaker, Annual Business Conference, Association of Oil Pipelines, September 2016
  • Speaker, Annual Business Conference, Association of Oil Pipelines, September 2015
  • Speaker, Annual Business Conference, Association of Oil Pipelines, September 2014
  • Speaker, Annual Business Conference, Association of Oil Pipelines, September 2013
  • Speaker, Pipeline Conference and Cybernetics Symposium, API Annual Meeting, April 2013

Publications

  • Co-author, "After Keystone: A question of presidential permits," National Law Journal, April 1, 2013
  • Co-author, "9th Circ.’s Take On A Recent Trend Of Enviro Groups," Law360, December 10, 2012
  • Editor, Trends, Newsletter of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Committee
  • Co-author, "Best Time To Invest in Building Pipelines Might Be the Next Few Years," Pipeline & Gas Journal, February 2009

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Vice Chair, Enforcement and Environmental Crimes Committee, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law; Section on Administrative Law
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, Environmental and Administrative Law Sections

Rankings and Recognition

  • Georgia, Environment, Chambers USA, 2007-2018
  • Super Lawyer, Energy and Natural Resources, Atlanta magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2013
  • Selected for inclusion as a “Best Lawyer,” Environmental and Energy Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2014, 2018-2019
  • Selected for inclusion as a “Best Lawyer,” Litigation - Environmental, Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019

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Education

  • Tulane University, J.D., cum laude, 1991
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia