Hallie Meushaw practices in the environmental and energy law fields. She represents electric utility and other clients on a range of compliance matters, including permitting, rulemaking, and enforcement actions. She also has experience in the areas of renewable energy, business transactions, and natural resource and land use planning. Hallie counsels clients on issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Clean Water Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and similar state and local regulatory schemes.
- Represents numerous applicants in FERC hydropower amendment and relicensing proceedings resulting in favorable license terms with little loss of generation.
- Represents applicants in successfully obtaining new FERC license orders without litigation or rehearing by building consensus with agencies and stakeholders throughout the licensing process.
- Represented the first license applicant to use FERC's Integrated Licensing Process.
- Provide day-to-day FERC counseling regarding all aspects of hydropower licensing and compliance.
- Counseled utility on FERC jurisdiction and original licensing issues for large project, including water rights and congressional authorization.
- Serve as counsel to large utility on water resource and water supply issues, including development of the Georgia Statewide Water Plan.
- Advise large utilities on real estate transactions involving FERC project lands.
- Represented client in successful rehearing of a highly controversial FERC order modifying the Shoreline Management Plan for a large project.
- Assisted in obtaining license amendments authorizing major upgrades to hydropower projects.
- Successfully negotiate Endangered Species Act consultation, assist in development of strategies to achieve "not likely to adversely affect" determinations.
- Assisted in obtaining favorable 401 water quality certifications.
- Represent licensees regarding Coastal Zone Management Act consistency certifications.
- Represented a homeowners association in challenging a FERC order limiting dock construction.
- Represented a utility in successfully obtaining a temporary variance in its license to address drought and minimum flow conditions.
- Advised clients, including hydropower and manufacturing clients, regarding environmental and natural resource impacts of new, upstream hydropower development.
- Assisted client in attaining exemption from FERC licensing requirements for small hydropower plant.
- Advised client on issues surrounding a competitor's plan to seek a preliminary permit for a hydropower project near a client's existing project.
- Counsel utility on seeking a license amendment to resolve minimum flow and Endangered Species Act issues.
- Georgia's Water Management Plan: Regional Water Planning Process, Presentation at NC Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Compliance Conference, 2015.
- Water Supply Planning, Presentation at Georgia Industry Environmental Coalition, Inc. Annual Membership Meeting, 2011.
- Co-authored a paper, "Using the Integrated Licensing Process: Lessons Learned", Hydro Review, 2008.
Rankings and Recognition
- Selected as a Rising Star in Environmental by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2007, 2009-2012).
*Licensed to practice law in Georgia. Not licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
- Research Assistant, Rand Corporation, Washington, D.C. (Environmental Science & Policy Center, 1998-1999)
- Project Coordinator, Science & Policy Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C. (1997-1998)
- Paralegal, Land and Water Fund, Boise, ID (February 1997-May 1997)
- University of Virginia, J.D., 2002
Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Editorial Board
- James Madison University, B.S., Political Science, with Distinction, summa cum laude, 1996