Kendra Sherman advises and counsels public and private companies, real estate developers and municipal clients on environmental compliance, due diligence, transactional matters, permitting issues and appeals, and defends her clients in environmental litigation, environmental tort claims and citizen suit challenges. She is a practical, strategic and business-focused environmental lawyer who works closely with her clients to meet their business objectives and minimize environmental risk.

    Kendra’s practice encompasses all areas of environmental law. She represents a broad spectrum of clients, including metals, mining, iron and steel, and chemical companies, waste management and environmental services companies (including solid waste landfills and construction and demolition debris facilities), real estate developers throughout the US and public law clients, including cities and villages. Kendra defends clients in federal and state enforcement actions related to air, water quality, wetlands, solid and hazardous waste issues, and underground storage tank matters. She also represents clients in appeals and challenges related to Clean Air Act Title V permits and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permits. Kendra has appeared before a wide range of federal and state courts and administrative tribunals in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Washington DC.

    Kendra also counsels sellers, lenders, investors and real estate developers on environmental issues in complex commercial and real estate transactions, including brownfields redevelopment and Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program, project siting and permitting, and impacts to jurisdictional waters, streams and isolated wetlands. She also has experience in advising clients on shale gas development in the Marcellus and Utica shale gas regions of the US.

    In addition, Kendra counsels and defends clients throughout the US on compliance and enforcement matters related to California Proposition 65 and issues related to consumer product warning, labelling and packaging.

    Kendra is the Attorney Mentoring Coordinator for the Columbus office, where she implements goals and initiatives related to mentoring lawyers in the firm. She has also served on the firmwide Inclusion & Diversity Committee, the Columbus Office Hiring Committee and the firmwide Associate Training and Mentoring Taskforce.

    Among her many pro bono activities, Kendra co-founded the Squire Patton Boggs Dispute Resolution and Youth Program, a community service program aimed at teaching dispute resolution skills to inner city youth in Columbus in collaboration with The Ohio State University College of Law. Kendra also received the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award from the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School for her community service efforts in the field of adoption law.

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    • Representing iron and steel, chemicals and landfill clients in a wide range of environmental, litigation, compliance, permitting, and state and federal enforcement matters and appeals for facilities located in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Minnesota, South Carolina and Texas.
    • Counseling real estate developers throughout the US on environmental issues and due diligence for commercial and residential property development, including drafting contract provisions, reps and warranties, indemnities and negotiating with lawyers, sellers and lenders on transactional issues.
    • Counseling one of the country’s leading developers of large, complex, mixed-use projects on property redevelopment matters related to environmental covenants and Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program.
    • Defending several landfill clients in environmental tort (including nuisance) claims associated with alleged odors and emissions.
    • Advising clients in numerous Title V air permit and NPDES wastewater permit appeals in administrative tribunals in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania and successfully resolving the appeals following complex permitting negotiations with environmental regulators in those states.
    • Counseling clients on underground storage tank permitting, corrective action and other matters through the Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks Regulations and the Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program.
    • Counseling corporations, municipalities and villages in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia on matters related to their solid waste permits and hazardous waste closure plans, and extensive permit negotiations with environmental regulators in those states.
    • Representing several solid waste landfills and other environmental services companies in Ohio in permitting and enforcement matters, including counseling on disclosure statements and necessary approvals from the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Background Investigations Unit.
    • Counseling and defending clients in the US, the UK and Asia in matters related to California’s Proposition 65 law and regulations, and advising clients on compliance and enforcement issues related to consumer product warning, labeling and packaging under California Proposition 65.
    • Representing real estate developers and other clients in jurisdictional waters and wetlands permitting matters, including successfully obtaining a remand of a jurisdictional waters determination by the Corps of Engineers and defending clients in jurisdictional waters enforcement matters.
    • Advising clients in evaluating shale gas reserves in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and negotiating leases associated with shale gas development.
    • Representing an ethanol production plant in defense of its air and water permits in appeals filed by a citizen group and successfully resolving all issues in the appeals.
    • Representing municipal clients in federal and state court and in administrative hearings in matters involving extraterritorial utility service issues and water and wastewater management planning, utility service and annexation issues.
    • Prosecuting a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit on behalf of a lender client, resulting in a permanent injunction requiring petroleum contamination cleanup of the lender’s property and award of our attorney fees.
    • Representing a municipality in the defense of a Clean Water Act citizen suit filed regarding the city’s combined sewer overflows resulting in a dismissal of the citizen suit.
    • Representing an independent power producer in connection with obtaining a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need from the Ohio Power Siting Board for construction of an 850 MW combined cycle natural gas fired electric generating facility in Ohio and related environmental permits.
    • Representing former bituminous coal mining facilities and coal refuse disposal areas in Pennsylvania in acid mine drainage permitting and management matters.

    Education

    • The Ohio State University, J.D., managing editor, Ohio State Law Journal, 1997
    • Stanford University, B.A., 1992

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 1997

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Selected to participate on Law360’s 2021 Environmental Editorial Board
    • Member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
    • Member of the Columbus Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
    • Member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, Energy and Environment Subcommittee
    • Selected as 2020 Columbus Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law in The Best Lawyers in America
    • Listed in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 in The Best Lawyers in America for both Environmental Litigation and Environmental Law, an honor based on an extensive peer-review process
    • Recognized in Columbus CEO magazine’s Top Lawyers list in the area of Environmental Health & Safety law (2016) and Environmental/Natural Resources law (2015)
    • Recognized for five years as a Rising Star in Ohio Super Lawyers, a distinction that recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less

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