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Karen Aldridge Crawford

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
karen.crawford@nelsonmullins.com
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Karen Crawford is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Columbia and Washington, D.C., offices, where she practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, toxic torts, and product liability. In 1997, the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice recognized Ms. Crawford as a Qualified Environmental Professional, a distinction awarded after 15 years experience...

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Karen Crawford is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Columbia and Washington, D.C., offices, where she practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, toxic torts, and product liability. In 1997, the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice recognized Ms. Crawford as a Qualified Environmental Professional, a distinction awarded after 15 years experience and examination on a specific technical environmental project.

and examination on a specific technical environmental project.

Karen Crawford is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Columbia and Washington, D.C., offices, where she practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, toxic torts, and product liability. In 1997, the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice recognized Ms. Crawford as a Qualified Environmental Professional, a distinction awarded after 15 years experience... and examination on a specific technical environmental project.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Counsels clients on environmental audits and compliance
  • Assists clients in disaster/catastrophic release response, including public relations
  • Represents clients in administrative hearings and negotiations with federal and state environmental agencies
  • Defends environmental litigation
  • Monitors and comments on state and federal regulatory activities
  • Clean Air Act permitting and enforcement defense, remediation oversight; experience in CERCLA cost recovery and contribution cases, Solid Waste and RCRA permitting, administrative appeals and enforcement actions, Clean Water Act permitting citizen suit and enforcement defense, Toxic Substance Control Act, and FIFRA
  • Led environmental permitting efforts for new manufacturing facilities, as well as expansions
  • Provided counseling on occupational health and safety and Homeland Security regulatory compliance matters, including enforcement defense
  • Advises clients on product labeling compliance involving products regulated by CPSC, FDA, DOT, FIFRA, Buy America/Buy American, and other federal regulatory programs
  • Speaker and author on environmental issues

Previous Professional Experience

  • Held professional positions in engineering, technical supervision and environmental management with a U.S. corporation

Education

  • Delaware Law School, JD
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology, MS, Engineering Management
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology, BS, Engineering Management with an emphasis in chemical engineering

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • The American College of Environmental Lawyers, Fellow, Past Committee Co-Chair, and Board of Regents
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee, co-chair, American Bar Association (2016–2018) 
  • Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee, American Bar Association, newsletter co-editor
  • Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, American Bar Association, Past Committee Chair
  • Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association, Former President
  • RCRA and CERCLA Committee Member and Past Chair; Environmental Litigation Committee, Current Chair; Clean Air Act Committee, Past Chair; Diversity Committee, American Bar Association
  • Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Environmental, Mineral, and Natural Resources Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association's Women Rainmakers, Charter Member, Former Executive Committee Member
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry
  • Palmetto Economic Development Association
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Technical Committee
  • South Carolina Economic Development Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Water Pollution Control Federation
  • American Indoor Air Quality Council, South Carolina Chapter, Board Member
  • The Crescent Society leadership and professional development group
  • Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina
  • Served on commissions for the City of Columbia
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