Karen Winters is the immediate past global chair of the firm’s Environmental, Safety & Health Practice, having served in that capacity for over 16 years. She has an established reputation for successfully assisting clients in the management of large-scale environmental liability and compliance issues, including strategic counseling, defense of federal and state enforcement proceedings, and defense of environmental tort claims, including public nuisance claims, as well as advancement and defense of claims for cost recovery. She is experienced in complex project siting and development (including endangered species and impacts to wetlands and jurisdictional waters), and public advocacy. Her clients are primarily in the energy and natural resources, chemicals, diversified industrials, iron and steel, and environmental services industries.
Prior to joining the firm, Karen worked for five and a half years in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General as an assistant attorney general, including as a member of the environmental enforcement division, prosecuting violations of Ohio’s environmental laws and regulations. Karen has been listed in Chambers USA for environmental law each year since 2005 (“a smart and responsive lawyer with terrific insight into different areas of environmental law and regulation”). She has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2006 and is the 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Litigation in Columbus. She is listed in The Legal 500 for both environment: litigation and environment: regulatory. She is also listed in Who’s Who Legal: Environmental Law. She has been included in Thomson Reuters’ list of Ohio Super Lawyers, the top 5% of lawyers in Ohio, each year since 2004. Karen is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized as one of their Legal Leaders: Midwest.