Lauren M. Williams represents individuals, community and environmental groups, and municipalities in environmental and land use matters, including shale gas development challenges, environmental litigation, zoning appeals, and zoning ordinance drafting and revision. Ms. Williams has also assisted municipal clients with open space matters, including drafting and reviewing conservation easements. Ms. Williams has worked with clients in matters at the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, in state and federal court, and in local government proceedings.
Ms. Williams was part of a team of attorneys who successfully challenged and overturned Act 13 of 2012, which sought to override local zoning authority over oil and gas operations. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth also revitalized Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution (the Environmental Rights Amendment).
She has spoken and written on environmental and zoning issues to various audiences, including citizens groups, other attorneys, and legislators. She is a co-author of a chapter on local government regulation and oil and gas in PBI’s Oil and Gas Law publication. She also contributed to a chapter in the same publication on third-party permit appeals to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
Ms. Williams has also worked with municipalities on collective bargaining, civil service commission, and general municipal law issues (e.g. Right-to-Know Law), and has advocated for municipalities in Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board matters.
Ms. Williams, prior to joining the law firm, was a Certified Legal Intern at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Environmental Law Clinic, working with clients primarily on water quality issues. She also was a Summer Honors Program Law Clerk in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel (Water Law Office) during her 2L summer, and a legal extern in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Chief Counsel (Southwest Regional Office) during her 2L year.
Charitable, Community and Civic Involvement
- Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Volunteer/Supporter
- Board Member, Center for Coalfield Justice (2013-2017)
- Equality Pennsylvania Volunteer (2012-2015)