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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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Narrative Bio

Trudy D. Fisher is a member of the Regulatory & Government Relations Team. Trudy’s primary focus throughout her career has been environmental law; a career which extends across private practice, service as Mississippi’s chief environmental regulator, and as General Counsel to Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

As Executive Director of MDEQ from 2007 to June 30, 2014, Trudy led an agency of over 400 professionals and support staff in the wake of two of the southeast region’s most devastating disasters – Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. With MDEQ in a lead role in both disasters, Trudy forged strong relationships with numerous federal and state agencies, local, state and federal officials, non-profit organizations, and the public.

In November 2014, Trudy returned to private practice at Butler Snow, where she maintains a broad environmental regulatory and litigation practice as well as a governmental practice. She uses her skills and experiences to create synergistic partnerships with a wide array of stakeholders to identify, evaluate, problem solve and implement solutions that are designed to produce the greatest measurable results.

She is adept at understanding and navigating regulatory and compliance structures in a way that promotes project momentum and buy-in. She maintains and utilizes key relationships, which she uses to represent private, public, and non-profit organizations. Trudy maintains an active alumni membership in the Environmental Council of States, an organization comprised of state and federal environmental officials. She is a recognized authority on emergency response, environmental programs and activities and is a frequent presenter at professional seminars since 2010. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Mississippi and is admitted to the Mississippi Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi.

Associations

Bar Admissions

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

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Environment (Mississippi), 2016-2022
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Environmental Law, 2001-2022
    • Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Law (Jackson), 2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Environmental, 2006, 2009
  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Former Director, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, 2007-2013
  • 50 Leading Business Women, Mississippi Business Journal
  • Recipient, Excellence in Government Award, ACT-IAC

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

  • ​Co-Author, “Which Came First, the Standard or the Suit,” IADC, Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee Newsletter, April 2020.
  • Co-Author, “EPA Moving on PFAS Regulatory Actions for Drinking Water,” Products Finishing Magazine, January 9, 2020. 
  • Co-Author, “Update on PFAS Regulatory Actions for Drinking Water,” Mississippi Business Journal, December 2019. 
  • Presenter, "Restoration Planning: Incorporating Community Input," The Fifth Annual Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages, 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.
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