In a professional career spanning both the private and public sectors, Trudy Fisher has a proven record in the successful navigation of complex regulatory structures.  Fisher brings a pragmatic and proactive approach to issues relating to environmental permitting, compliance, and enforcement.  Considered by her peers “at the top level in terms of expertise”, (Chambers, 2016), Fisher approaches every client’s needs with the goal of aligning the law with the fundamental needs of the client in a cost effective way.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1985
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Environment (Mississippi), 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, 2007
  • Former Director, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, 2007-2013
  • 50 Leading Business Women, Mississippi Business Journal
  • Recipient, Excellence in Government Award, ACT-IAC
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Environmental , 2006, 2009
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1985
    • Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal
  • Mississippi University for Women, B.S., Political Science & Business Administration, 1982

Experience

  • Regional experience in guiding clients through complex environmental permitting and compliance matters
  • Significant successes in the development and implementation of expedited regulatory processes designed to reduce time and cost of regulatory compliance for private sector industries
  • Significant experience in guiding clients through enforcement and litigation proceedings at national, state, and local levels
  • Over seven years’ experience as the head of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, including first responder duty to natural and manmade environmental disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill
  • Service as the designated state Trustee for natural resources under the Oil Pollution Act
  • Extensive experience in representing private and public corporations in emergency response activities, including but not limited to service within the federal Incident Command structure and internal investigations
  • Substantial experience in the successful negotiation of complex environmental issues involving multiple potential responsible parties at legacy contaminated sites through creative solutions
  • Chambers, USA, 2016 noted that interviewees acclaimed Trudy as “at the top level” and “one of the finest lawyers you’ll ever find in this area.”

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, "Restoration Planning: Incorporating Communtity Input," The Fifth Annual Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damanges, Washington, D.C., March, 11, 2016.
  • Frequent Speaker, “Leadership Lessons Learned and Implemented in Times of Crisis” drawing upon personal experiences from post-Hurricane Katrina, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 2011 Mississippi River Flood and other catastrophic events, 2010-2014.
  • Panelist, “Water Management – Why is Water an Issue in a Perceived Water Rich Play?”, Third Annual Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Development Summit, New Orleans, LA, Feb 2015.
  • Speaker, “Environmental Updates," American Council of Engineering Companies – Mississippi Chapter, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014.
  • Testified before Committee, “Farmers and Fresh Water: Voluntary Conservation to Protect our Land and Waters,” United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Washington, D.C., December 2014.
  • Speaker, “Voluntary Ag Practices in the Mississippi Delta Resulting in Nutrient Reduction,” Environmental Council of States, Annual Fall Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 2014.
  • Speaker, "USDA/NRCS Leveraging Opportunities for Water Quantity and Water Quality, " Mississippi Delta Council, Stoneville, Mississippi, Summer 2014.
  • Panelist, “Oil Pollution Act Update," Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., January 31, 2013.
  • Frequent Speaker, “Overview of RESTORE Act, Oil Pollution Act, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation," 2012- 2014.
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