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Joanne Rotondi

Washington, D.C.

Joanne Rotondi

Joanne Rotondi guides clients through complex permitting processes for large development projects, including mining operations, liquefied natural gas terminals, and deepwater ports. Whether processing a complicated administrative record to support a winning litigation strategy, or leading the effort to receive regulatory approval for a large project, Joanne has a talent for coordinating legal, expert, and client teams to achieve success.

As a counsel in our Environmental practice, Joanne focuses her practice on litigation, environmental permitting, and regulatory compliance. She brings vast knowledge in every aspect of the Clean Water Act (CWA), as well as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and endangered species matters, for a broad range of clients from agricultural facilities and liquefied natural gas terminals to automotive manufacturers.

Representative experience

As leading environmental counsel, guiding the federal and state permitting efforts for a natural gas deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico.

On behalf of a large poultry producer, helped win a district court decision overturning an EPA enforcement order under the Clean Water Act.

Counsels three proposed LNG export facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly focusing on NEPA, NPDES and wetlands issues.

Advises large automobile manufacturers on mobile source emissions and fuel economy issues, including GHG credit opportunities.

Helped to secure an unprecedented decision invalidating an Endangered Species Act listing decision for major oil and gas producers.

For major oil and gas producers, Joanne helped to secure an unprecedented decision invalidating an Endangered Species Act listing decision.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2000
  • M.A. Environmental and Resource Economics, Duke University, 2000
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1996


  • ABA Sustainable Development, Ecosystems and Climate Change Committee

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
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