Hallie M. Meushaw

Counsel

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3660
Business Fax: 404.885.3900

hallie.meushaw@troutman.com

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With a comprehensive knowledge of the hydropower sector, Hallie Meushaw represents electric utility and other clients doing business in the renewable energy arena. Hallie understands the changing aspects of federal, state and local regulatory schemes, and helps clients navigate a full range of compliance matters, including permitting and rulemaking. Hallie leads clients through FERC hydropower amendment and relicensing proceedings in the most streamlined way possible, helping them to procure favorable license terms without losing ground. Her ability to gain consensus among multiple agencies and stakeholders allows her clients to structure and negotiate the right terms at the right time. Hallie is a recognized leader in this area. In fact, she represented the first utility to use FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process.

Hallie counsels clients on a range of issues arising under the Federal Power Act as well as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other federal and state environmental requirements, She has extensive licensing experience with large and complex hydroelectric projects, and helps clients manage every aspect of their projects, including advising on license compliance matters relating to natural resources, recreation, dam safety, and other regulatory issues. Clients also turn to Hallie to guide them on hydropower project development and transactions.

Representative Matters 

  • Represents numerous applicants in FERC hydropower amendment and relicensing proceedings resulting in favorable license terms with little loss of generation.
  • Helps applicants obtain new FERC license orders, often without litigation or rehearing by building consensus with agencies and stakeholders throughout the licensing process.
  • Advised the first license applicant to use FERC's Integrated Licensing Process.
  • Provide day-to-day FERC counseling regarding all aspects of hydropower license compliance.
  • Served as counsel to large utility on water resource and water supply issues, including development of the Georgia Statewide Water Plan.

Publications

  • Liability Associated with Recreation at Hydropower Projects, Outdoor Recreation Workshop, 2018.
  • Georgia's Water Management Plan: Regional Water Planning Process, Presentation at NC Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Compliance Conference, 2015.
  • Water Supply Planning, Presentation at Georgia Industry Environmental Coalition, Inc. Annual Membership Meeting, 2011.
  • Co-authore, "Using the Integrated Licensing Process: Lessons Learned", Hydro Review, 2008.

Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected as a Rising Star in Environmental by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2007, 2009-2012).

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Rand Corporation, Washington, D.C. (Environmental Science & Policy Center, 1998-1999)
  • Project Coordinator, Science & Policy Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C. (1997-1998)
  • Paralegal, Land and Water Fund, Boise, ID (February 1997-May 1997)

*Licensed to practice law in Georgia. Not licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

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Education

  • University of Virginia, J.D., 2002
    Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Editorial Board
  • James Madison University, B.S., Political Science, with Distinction, summa cum laude, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia