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Wendy Wilkie Parker

Wendy Wilkie Parker

Of Counsel

Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
wendy.parker@nelsonmullins.com
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Wendy focuses her practice on environmental and energy law. She works to find cost–effective and comprehensive environmental solutions for industry and energy clients.  Wendy has a strong background in litigation and has handled defense of clients in administrative appeals and state and federal litigation. She uses her experience to assist clients with their environmental issues...

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Wendy focuses her practice on environmental and energy law. She works to find cost–effective and comprehensive environmental solutions for industry and energy clients.  Wendy has a strong background in litigation and has handled defense of clients in administrative appeals and state and federal litigation. She uses her experience to assist clients with their environmental issues in transaction matters as well, including permitting, regulatory issues, due diligence in the purchase or sale of environmental properties, and brownfield agreements.  

Wendy has also practiced employment law and health and safety law throughout her 23 years of practice. This combination of practice areas has been particularly helpful in the past year in providing clients with manuals and guidance for safe workplace practices during the pandemic.  

Wendy Wilkie Parker

in transaction matters as well, including permitting, regulatory issues, due diligence in the purchase or sale of environmental properties, and brownfield agreements.  

Wendy has also practiced employment law and health and safety law throughout her 23 years of practice. This combination of practice areas has been particularly helpful in the past year in providing clients with manuals and guidance for safe workplace practices during the pandemic.  

Wendy focuses her practice on environmental and energy law. She works to find cost–effective and comprehensive environmental solutions for industry and energy clients.  Wendy has a strong background in litigation and has handled defense of clients in administrative appeals and state and federal litigation. She uses her experience to assist clients with their environmental issues... in transaction matters as well, including permitting, regulatory issues, due diligence in the purchase or sale of environmental properties, and brownfield agreements.  

Wendy has also practiced employment law and health and safety law throughout her 23 years of practice. This combination of practice areas has been particularly helpful in the past year in providing clients with manuals and guidance for safe workplace practices during the pandemic.  

Experience

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Experience

Environmental and Energy Litigation

  • Defended a manufacturing client against claims of contamination related to stormwater discharge brought by neighboring landowners under the Clean Water Act and common law in federal court.  
  • Defended a manufacturer against claims of contamination related to a wastewater treatment system brought by neighboring landowners under RCRA and common law in federal court.  
  • Defended a manufacturer against claims of environmental contamination brought by neighboring landowners in state court.  
  • Defended a utility against claims of contamination brought by an environmental group in state and federal court.
  • Defended former landowners against CERCLA claims brought in federal court through trial and post–trial motions.

Environmental and Energy Regulation

  • Has regularly represented solar and financial clients with respect to permitting, environmental due diligence,  and opinion letters for solar projects in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
  • Has regularly represented clients with respect to environmental contract and due diligence matters for real estate and corporate matters, including voluntary cleanup contracts for brownfield projects. 
  • Represented a utility in obtaining key environmental permits for the construction of a power plant and transmission lines.  
  • Represented a mining company in obtaining a mine permit for a sand mine and defending the permit on administrative appeal, including handling of state endangered species issues.
  • Represented a coal mine company in with respect to its disposal permit, including administrative appeal of a compliance order.
  • Assisted clients in developing and implementing safe workplace plans and back–to–work policies in light of COVID–19 pandemic.
  • Represented a manufacturer with respect registration and labeling of products in compliance with FIFRA and FDA requirements.
  • Has regularly represented clients with respect to OSHA matters, including defense of citations.  
  • Has represented clients at several Superfund sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, including negotiating PRP group allocation and settlements.
  • Has represented development groups and companies in the purchase and redevelopment of property for industrial uses.
  • Advised clients with respect to requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issues.
  • Advised clients regarding compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1997)
    • Articles Editor, South Carolina Environmental Law Journal
  • College of Charleston, BA, English, cum laude (1994)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • 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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  • ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
  • South Carolina Bar Association
    • Past Chair and Member, Environment and Natural Resources Section
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Environmental Section, Administrative Law Section, Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association
  • Mentor, The First Tee of Greater Austin (November 2013–present)
  • Carolina Youth Development Center (2002–present, Chair, 2007–2009)
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