Meli represents clients in environmental litigation, compliance, and permitting. She has particular experience with environmental cleanups, cost recovery, and allocation of environmental liabilities under state and federal cleanup laws, water quality issues including stormwater and NPDES permits, environmental review statutes, and hazardous waste management.
She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Cornell Law School, and her Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from Colgate University.
- Advising a manufacturing company facing billion dollar cleanups on two separate waterways, including litigation with multiple private parties and the United States.
- Assisting a client in redeveloping a former sawmill and service station into the national headquarters for an international technology company. Successfully recovered cleanup costs from a former owner through litigation.
- Representing multiple manufacturers against federal and citizen suit stormwater enforcement actions.
- Assisted a client defend an administrative appeal of a shoreline development permit associated with the facility expansion; involved challenges under multiple environmental review laws.
- Assisted a client resolve multi-million dollar claims associated with the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste at a large manufacturing facility.
- Minimizing the potential MTCA liability of a municipality facing a multi-million dollar cleanup of a formerly owned contaminated landfill. Helped the client establish that other parties were the source of groundwater contamination, thereby minimizing the client’s exposure, and secured insurance coverage to eliminate the client’s exposure.
- Assisted a national construction company facing a Clean Water Act lawsuit associated with alleged unpermitted dredge and fill during construction of a new bridge.
- Representing a parts manufacturer in Oregon with the investigation of potential historical releases at its manufacturing facilities, negotiating with state regulators, and pursuing additional potentially response parties at the site.
- Represented local governments with a $30 million groundwater cleanup in New Mexico, including negotiating with EPA in designing and performing site work and pursuing other potentially responsible parties.
- Assisted a wire fabrication facility in defense of a CERCLA lawsuit involving over 100 parties at a large urban waterway; obtained dismissal by showing that releases from facility could not have caused contamination in the waterway.
- Resolved a Washington county’s liability associated with a legacy asbestos plant through negotiation of a consent decree with the United States.