Adams and Reese is pleased to announce Rebecca Pritchett has joined as Special Counsel in the firm’s Birmingham office. Pritchett brings extensive experience in environmental, natural resources, and oil and gas law and will continue to expand her legal services and practice with a focus on issues related to permitting and compliance, enforcement defense, brownfield redevelopment, hazardous waste, CERCLA contribution and cost recovery, water quality, water rights, oil & gas exploration and production, mining, timber, legislative drafting, and lobbying.
“Rebecca immediately enhances Adams and Reese’s existing strengths in the areas of economic development and government relations, but she also greatly expands our environmental and natural resources practice. Her knowledge, leadership, and experience bolster those practice areas for the firm,” said Britton Bonner, Partner and Intersection of Business and Government Practice Group Leader at Adams and Reese. “We are thrilled Rebecca has chosen to join Adams and Reese and look forward to her significant impact not only in Birmingham, but across our regional footprint.”
Pritchett is well regarded for handling administrative environmental matters, including enforcement, permitting, cleanup mandates, and helping her client understand their distinct environmental challenges.
“I am excited to join Adams and Reese and bring my experience to an accomplished team of practitioners,” said Pritchett. “I look forward to applying my in-depth knowledge of federal, state, administrative, and municipal law to assist clients in understanding the complexities of environmental and oil and gas law using the resources this firm has to offer.”
Pritchett advises developers, property owners, and lenders during the redevelopment of urban and rural brownfield properties and landowners with issues related to wetlands, endangered species, concentrated animal feeding operations, borrow pits, and the construction of logging roads. She has litigated environmental cases in federal and state courts and administrative hearings before state environmental agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Rebecca helps clients with all aspects of contaminated property, from environmental permitting and reporting requirements to brownfield redevelopment, financial incentives, and financing options. She also represents clients in CERCLA/Superfund matters, including negotiating administrative orders with EPA, performing multi-party cost allocations, managing cooperating groups of potentially responsible parties (PRPs), and bringing cost recovery actions on behalf of PRP groups.
Rebecca assists commercial, industrial, and municipal utility clients in Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act issues, including regulatory compliance, internal environmental audits, permitting, citizen suit defense, and administrative enforcement defense. Rebecca also works with estate planning and administration attorneys in planning and administering estates with potentially contaminated property.
Rebecca also represents operators, working interest owners, and mineral owners in matters before the Alabama Oil & Gas Board and environmental regulatory matters.
Rebecca earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she also received a Certificate of Completion in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Further, she received her B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi.