Melissa Horne


Business Phone: 404.885.3286
Business Fax: 404.885.3900


Melissa Horne returned to her environmental practice at Troutman Sanders in 2016 after a prior stint with the firm from 1995 to 1999. Melissa’s practice involves counseling corporate clients on regulatory, permitting, and enforcement matters at the local, state, and federal level and working with clients to develop compliance strategies with both current and anticipated environmental requirements. Her practice is focused primarily on issues arising under the Clean Air Act and on the licensing and regulation of hydroelectric facilities under the Federal Power Act.

Representative Experience

  • Counseled electric utility clients on Clean Air Act matters, including:
    • Title V permitting concerns,
    • NSPS and NESHAP requirements,
    • regional haze regulations,
    • NAAQS development and implementation,
    • New Source Review,
    • CO2 and climate change regulation,
    • and compliance with state and local air quality regulation requirements.
  • Provided air permitting assistance, regulatory compliance counseling, and enforcement advice under state and federal air quality laws to clients in a range of industry sectors with operations across the country.
  • Assisted biomass energy facility with managing Petition to Object to it its Title V permit.
  • Developed public comments for electric utility in response to proposed regulation governing the permitting of greenhouse gases.
  • Assisted major Western public utility with FERC relicensing and license transfer process for a hydroelectric facility.
  • Advised Georgia public utility on FERC regulatory requirements related to dam safety.
  • Conducted due diligence review for acquisition of hydropower project in Western U.S.
  • Counseled client regarding challenges to agency actions under state and federal administrative laws.
  • Counseled major public utility on implications of ash pond closure under the Clean Water Act.

During her time away from Troutman Sanders, Melissa was active in the community. Her significant volunteer efforts included:

  • Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of youthSpark, a non-profit whose primary mission is to prevent child sex trafficking;
  • Co-Chair of the Search Committee to find the current senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta; and
  • served for eight years on a Citizen Review Panel for the Fulton County Juvenile Court.

Prior to attending law school, Melissa worked in Washington D.C. for AER*X, Inc, a consulting firm that aided businesses to create, certify, market and sell air pollution credits.


  • Co-author, "Air Regulation in 2017: The Trump Administration Begins" Natural Gas & Electricity, Vol. 33, No. 7 (February 2017) 
  • “Bad Actor Statutes: An Environmental Trojan Horse?” 48 Vanderbilt Law Review 771, April 1995

Professional and Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Georgia, Environmental Law Section
  • Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
  • Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of Community Ministries Council, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
  • Junior League of Atlanta, Sustainer
  • Pace Academy Arts Alliance Board

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2016-present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1995-1999
  • Environmental Management Analyst, AER*X, 1990-1992



  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1995
    Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
    Order of the Coif Honor Society
  • Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1990
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

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