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Tanya C.Nesbitt


O 404.407.3605

Washington, D.C.

O 202.331.8330

Tanya C.Nesbitt


Focus Areas

Examples of Tanya’s experience include:

  • Represented national transportation company in response to NC DEQ RCRA hazardous waste compliance order and successfully obtained reduced penalty violation.
  • Represented New Mexico municipalities in cost recovery action to remediate municipal water supply contaminated by hazardous substances used by private company.
  • Represented national petroleum company in defense against EPA investigation and incident response to oil spill in San Francisco harbor.
  • Successfully settled and negotiated penalties in EPA enforcement action for industrial stormwater permit compliance under the Clean Water Act.
  • Successfully advised investment company on environmental risks associated with purchase of a former sawmill site.
  • Led Fifth Amendment takings litigation involving a $56 million-dollar partial settlement of over 30 just compensation claims involving the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, Washington.
  • Obtained partially favorable ruling on summary judgment for Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service decisions creating a master development plan and well-pads for the exploration and development of oil and gas in the Colorado River Basin.
  • Defended two lawsuits bringing NEPA and FLMPA challenges regarding the Bureau of Land Management issuance of leases for the development of oil and gas in Southwest Colorado.

Environmental Justice

  • Advise federal agency of the conservation and legal implications of returning the National Bison Range to federal tribal management.
  • Analyze and evaluate the socio-economic impacts of oil and gas lease sales on local communities under the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Panel Member, “An ESG Collaborative Roundtable: Developing Best Practices for Navigating the Moving Target That is ESG,” Thompson Hine ESG Collaborative Workshop, January 2023
  • Speaker, “6PPD and other emerging water contaminants,” CICI’s Water/Wastewater Issues Seminar, November 2022
  • Moderator, Environmental Law Institute’s Women in Environmental Law and Leadership (ELI WELL), “Beyond Generations: A multi-generational conversation on the past, present, and future of women in environmental law and policy,” July 2022
  • Speaker, “Anticipating the Impacts of a More Conservative United States Supreme Court on Environmental Law & Policy: Cases Relating to Separation of Powers and Federal Agency Jurisdiction,” Law Seminars International, July 2022
  • Panel Speaker, “Amending NEPA to Enhance Environmental Justice and Climate Change Assessments,” Environmental Law Institute, April 2022
  • Panel Speaker, “NEPA Modernization: The Biden Administration’s Re-Write of the Trump Administration’s NEPA Re-Write,” Law Seminars International, January 2022
  • Panel Speaker, “Difficult Conversations in the Workplace,” NAWL & Women in the Environment, September 2020
  • Panel Speaker, “Bias & The Virus: Combating Institutional Discrimination & Disparity,” The Women in Law Summit Series, July 2020
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2022
  • The National Black Lawyers 40 Under 40 in Washington State, 2021
  • Department of Justice Award for Outstanding Service recipient, 2018

Professional Associations

  • Co-Chair, Public Land and Resources Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association
  • Member, Environmental Law Institute, WELL Steering Committee, D.C. Chapter


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2008
  • Smith College, B.A., 2005

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Georgia
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