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Shawn J. O'Brien


Business Phone: 804.697.1882
Business Fax: 804.697.1339


Shawn O’Brien is an associate in Troutman Sanders’ Environmental and Natural Resources Practice. He has experience assisting clients in a wide range of environmental matters including air permitting and enforcement, water enforcement, wetlands, and various aspects of business transactions. He also has experience assisting clients with conducting internal audits and responding to audit findings, as necessary. Shawn represents a wide range of clients from utilities and manufacturers to localities.

Representative Matters

  • Advised clients on obtaining and renewing environmental permits.
  • Assisted energy and manufacturing companies with CAA, CWA and RCRA compliance issues and enforcement defense.
  • Advised client on the permitting requirements for an LNG export facility.
  • Advised lenders on environmental permitting issues related to financing an LNG export facility.
  • Advised solar clients on environmental permitting issues.
  • Counseled clients on international and regional hazardous materials shipping.
  • Prepared and negotiated contractual terms and conditions and advised clients on environmental due diligence pertaining to environmental aspects of business, real estate and financing transactions.
  • Assisted manufacturing company in characterizing wastes generated at its facility.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Virginia Bar Association, Environment, Natural Resources & Energy Law - Section Council
  • Richmond Bar Association, Environmental & Energy Law Section – Executive Committee Member
  • Former Member of the Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Section Council
  • Virginia Caribbean Education Exchange Foundation – Director

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2017
  • Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP, 2010 – 2017
  • Summer Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP, 2008
  • Summer Intern, Environmental Law Institute, 2007



  • Howard University, J.D., 2009
  • University of Maryland, M.S., 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia