Lauren M. Williams

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Lauren M. Williams

Associate, Environmental Law, Public Sector Law and Employment & Labor Law

Get contact info (vcard) Ph: 267.898.0570

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • 2011, PA
  • 2012, NJ
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Bar Memberships

  • Pennsylvania
  • Bucks County

Education

    • B.A, summa cum laude, University of Cincinnati, 2007
      • Minor in Spanish
      • Hispanic Studies Program, Granada, Spain, Fall, 2005
      • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
      • Member, Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society
    • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2011
      • Certificate in Environmental Law, Science and Policy
      • Managing Editor, The University of Pittsburgh Law Review
      • Certified Legal Intern at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Environmental Law Clinic
      • Teaching Assistant for Professor David Wagner’s Environmental Law, Policy and Politics Course
      • Summer Honors Program Law Clerk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Water Law Office, Summer 2010
      • Legal Extern at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Chief Counsel, Southwest Regional Office, Winter 2010
      • Pitt Law Recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association Environment & Energy Law Section 2011 Environmental Law Scholarship Award

Profile

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).  Ms. Williams was also actively involved in analyzing SB411, a proposed law that would have given expansive protections from liability to those who used acid mine drainage in fracking operations.

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.

Charitable, Community and Civic Involvement

    • Board Member, Center for Coalfield Justice
    • Equality Pennsylvania Volunteer