Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Former EPA Senior Counsel Marcia Mulkey to its Utility, Environmental & Energy Practice

Monday, December 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – December 3, 2018 – Cozen O’Connor announced Marcia Mulkey — who during her 35 years at the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) served in numerous senior counsel capacities, including regional counsel of the mid-Atlantic Region, director of Pesticides Programs, and director of the Office of Site Remediation Enforcement — has joined its Utility, Environmental & Energy (UEE) Practice. Mulkey will work closely with the firm’s energy and environment practices, advising on a range of environmental issues. 

A leading attorney at the EPA from 1980 to 2015, Mulkey brings to the firm a unique understanding of the executive branch and how it interacts with the regulated community — particularly in matters involving federal and international environmental issues. Her experience ranges from litigation over technical fact disputes to playing a key role in the implementation of major EPA environmental policies.

Mulkey has taught environmental compliance and enforcement at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She joins the firm as of counsel and will work out of Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office.

“I’m so excited to welcome Marcia to the firm. With decades of experience across the EPA organization, she brings to our clients a keen understanding of how EPA and state environmental agencies work and uncommon insight into environmental decision-making,” says Peter J. Fontaine, co-chair of the firm's Utility, Environmental & Energy Practice. “She has a deep understanding of national and international environmental law issues and a vast network of relationships both inside and outside of government.”

As regional counsel of the mid-Atlantic region for 15 years, Mulkey managed a 100-person law office covering all EPA statutes, enforcement, and counseling work. As director of the Office of Site Remediation Enforcement, she managed national Superfund and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action enforcement programs. As director of the EPA’s Office of Pesticides Programs, she managed a staff of 900 responsible for all domestic and international pesticides programs, including those involving North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

“It’s an honor to join Cozen O’Connor and the UEE practice, which includes three other former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement attorneys,” Mulkey says. “Like my counterparts, I bring a deep knowledge and understanding of federal environmental statutes, regulations, and state-level equivalents, all of which will be beneficial to our clients.”

Mulkey earned her J.D at Harvard Law School and an M.A. and B.A.  from University of Georgia. She is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C.

About Cozen O’Connor’s Utility, Environmental, & Energy (UEE) Practice

Cozen O’Connor’s Utility, Environmental, & Energy (UEE) Practice guides clients through complex environmental and utility regulatory matters at the EPA, coordinate federal agencies, and state departments of environmental protection and public utilities commissions, litigates environmental enforcement matters and utility proceedings, and advises clients in complex real estate and corporate transactions.

The firm’s UEE attorneys represent manufacturers, power producers, public utilities, energy infrastructure project developers, investment funds, competitive retail suppliers, municipalities and municipal authorities, large institutional and manufacturing consumers, technology companies, and corporate clients.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has more than 825 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 31 offices across two continents.

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