Lianne Mantione’s practice includes all aspects of environmental law with particular emphasis on litigation of complex environmental matters and counseling clients on regulatory compliance, risk management and enforcement defense.

She has defended clients against federal and state toxic tort and mass tort actions (including class action cases), defended clients in federal and state agency enforcement actions, and represented clients in multiple federal and state administrative appeals. Lianne also regularly counsels clients on developing compliance and risk management strategies for state and federal permitting and reporting requirements under the Clean Air Act. She represents clients in environmental matters all across the country including permitting, enforcement, actions and/or appeals in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia, Texas and Michigan.

In addition to her juris doctor degree, Lianne holds a master’s degree in environmental studies. Lianne is the Editor-in-Chief of our frESH blog, which provides observations on significant environmental, safety and health developments from around the world. It offers a forum for discussion on expected policy shifts, influential opinions and decisions and compliance obligations.

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Regulatory and Administrative Appeals

  • Counseling major corporations in multiple states on federal and state regulatory compliance, reporting, and the development of strategies to mitigate risks, with an emphasis on Clean Air Act issues including Title V permitting and New Source Review.
  • Counseling large international engine manufacturer on US engine regulations for mobile and stationary sources, including certification, defect disclosure, permitting and reporting.
  • Representing clients in multiple administrative appeals in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana challenging Clean Air Act permitting terms and conditions.
  • Representing client in an appeal to the US Environmental Appeals Board of US EPA’s denial of Clean Water Act discharge limit variance modification and obtaining a remand of US EPA’s action.
  • Representing clients in the iron and steel manufacturing industry in significant air permit negotiations with environmental regulators in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and other states and with federal agency officials at US EPA.
  • Defending clients in negotiations with federal, state and local authorities to resolve alleged air and water permit violations .

Litigation and Environmental Enforcement Defense

  • Defending a metals industry client in multiple federal and state toxic tort cases including a federal class action asserting claims for medical monitoring, personal injury and property value diminution based on alleged air pollution (including particulate matter and manganese) and successfully resolving the cases after obtaining dismal of the medical monitoring and personal injury claims.
  • Defending a national paper industry client in a toxic tort class action and obtaining a key victory on an issue of first impression under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) in an appeal before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defending metals industry clients in a class action in which plaintiffs alleged adverse health impacts on school children from manganese and other air contaminants. Following successful removal to federal court under CAFA and defense against potential remand under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception, the case was dismissed based on plaintiffs’ failure to state a cause of action for public nuisance.
  • Defending client in CERCLA cost-recovery and contribution cases relating to former iron foundry and coke plant operations.
  • Defending a metals industry client in a multimillion dollar US EPA and multi-state agency air enforcement action involving several client facilities.
  • Defending a privately-owned landfill in an Ohio EPA enforcement action alleging violations of solid waste and groundwater regulations.
  • Prosecuting an appeal to the US Environmental Appeals Board of US EPA’s denial of Clean Water Act discharge limit variance modification and obtaining a remand of US EPA’s action.
  • Representing clients in multiple administrative appeals in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana challenging Clean Air Act permitting terms and conditions.

Rulemaking

  • Participating in the appeal of US EPA denial of SO2 State Implementation Plan revision that impacts a client’s facility.
  • Assisting in developing information related to a Clean Air Act Maximum Achievable Control Technology standard in responding to US EPA’s  residual risk and technology review.

Education

  • Cleveland State University, J.D., magna cum laude, managing editor, Cleveland State Law Review, 2003
  • Cleveland State University, M.A., 2003
  • Lake Erie College, B.S., 1997

Admissions

  • Ohio, 2003
  • Pennsylvania

Courts

  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Indiana

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s (CMBA) Environmental Section and Section on Women in the Law
  • Active participant, CMBA’s “3Rs Program,” where she volunteers teaching constitutional law and providing career counseling to 10th grade social studies students in the Cleveland area

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