Danelle Gagliardi represents a wide variety of clients in complex environmental transactions, litigation and regulatory compliance, including those in the metals, mining, iron and steel, oil and chemical industries, as well as real estate developers and shipping and logistics companies. She has a strong background in the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

    Danelle has represented clients in challenges related to state and federal enforcement actions and rulemakings, negotiated consent decrees and defended clients in cost recovery or contribution claims under CERCLA. In addition, she has experience advising both US and international clients on diligence aspects of complex transactions in the areas of environmental engineering/infrastructure, chemicals, nuclear power and renewable energy. Danelle also advises clients in multiple states on obtaining environmental covenants under state voluntary action programs for brownfield redevelopment and advises companies on permit compliance or emergency response reporting.

    Prior to joining the firm, Danelle interned for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is heavily involved in pro bono efforts through Columbus Legal Aid’s Wills Clinic and Operation Legal Help Ohio, which assists low-income veterans for their legal needs. She serves on the Board of the Association of Women in the Metal Industries – Columbus Chapter as the Finance/Marketing Director and has a Master of Laws from the University of Queensland, T.C. Bierne School of Law in Australia, where she served as the Nuclear Energy Project Leader at the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation.

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    • The University of Queensland, LL.M., 2015
    • Washington University, J.D., Executive Articles Editor, Washington University Global Studies Law Review, 2015
    • The Ohio State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2012


    • Ohio, 2015


    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Director of Alumnae Network, Network of Enlightened Women (NeW)
    • Steering Committee, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation Elevator Pitch Program
    • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Ohio Women’s Bar Association, Energy & Environment Subcommittee and Mentoring Program
    • Member, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Energy & Environment Committee
    • Member, Columbus Bar Association
    • Volunteer Attorney, Operation Legal Help Ohio

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    • Author, “Mediation in the Coal-Seam Gas Industry: Improvements Made for Local Stakeholders to Grant a Social Licence,” Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 27:2, May 2016.
    • Author, “Made in America: Why the Shale Revolution in America is Not Replicable in China,” Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Vol. 14:1, August 2015.

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