Clients turn to Aimee to resolve environmental issues strategically and with precision. Her understanding of administrative process allows her to navigate complex and controversial issues both inside and outside of litigation.

Overview

Aimee assists public and private clients in resolving environmental, energy and administrative law matters with governmental agencies and third-parties. Aimee's practice involves a keen understanding of administrative agencies and the legal authority under which they operate in areas of rulemaking, permitting and enforcement. Co-chair of the firm's Environmental practice group, Aimee works closely with experts in state and federal litigation, she helps clients employ informed strategies to achieve long-term resolutions to meet operational needs.

Prior to entering private practice, she served as deputy general counsel to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources where she advised the department in governance, contract, environmental, employment and other matters as assigned. Prior to her time with the department, Aimee served as an attorney for the Missouri Public Service Commission where she advised the commissioners and chief law judge in rate, tariff and complaint cases.

Experience

Aimee's recent experience includes:

Assisting North American rail company in resolution of state and federal Natural Resource Damages claims Under the Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Acts.

Assisting major airline company in obtaining general conformity determination from Federal Aviation Administration for National Environmental Policy Act review. 

Assisting large developer and airport sponsor in obtaining Categorical Exclusion under National Environmental Policy Act from Federal Aviation Administration.

Assisting large mid-western employer to resolve injunctive relief and penalty claims brought by state environmental agency under Clean Air Act.

Assisting large mid-western employer to develop SIP Nonattainment Plan for submittal to state agency and Environmental Protection Agency.  

Assisting several mid-western utilities through NPDES permit negotiations to resolve issues related to tightening limits and coal ash ponds.

Representing groundwater district-intervener in action brought by third-party environmental group alleging National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act and Administrative Procedure Act violations.

Defending large electric, gas, water, transit and telecommunications utility against state and federal 1926(b) claims involving territorial encroachment brought by adjoining local government. 

Negotiating agency state and federal consent decrees, settlement agreements and administrative orders, permits and licenses.

Counseling organizations with respect to the day-to-day implementation of state and federal environmental requirements.

Assisting clients with Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Appealing claims under applicable administrative statutes where agency decisions are not consistent with state or federal law.

Advising boards, councils and commissions on issues regarding state open records law, rate impacts and implications from new regulations.

Assisting public and private clients draft and negotiate territorial agreements for the funding and sale of infrastructure.

Assisting local governments in detachment proceedings and inter-local agreements with neighboring utility providers where service boundaries are at issue.

Representing private sewer and water companies in obtaining certificates of need and necessity.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Aimee serves as an educational presenter on environmental issues for trade groups and non-profit organizations and within higher education curricula.

"PFAS; Scratching the Surface," Missouri Water Seminar, Columbia, MO September 2021

"Top Ten Clean Water Act Issues," Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, April 2021

“Waters of the United States,” Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, April 2019

"Regional Water Panel: Operating in a New and Uncertain Regulatory Climate," Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, April 2018

"Municipality Survival Kit," 2017 Missouri Water Seminar, Columbia, MO September 2017

"Waters of the United States," Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Conference, July 2016

"Clean Water Rule Developments," REGFORM Annual Water Seminar, September 2016

"Water Law Update," REGFORM Annual Water Seminar, September 2015

"Water Quality Regulation," Environmental Conference, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, July 2015

"Do You Speak Agency-Ese," REGFORM Water Seminar, September 2014

"Water Quality Standards – Past, Present and Future," Environmental Conference, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, July 31, 2104

"Leveraging Your Network," University of Missouri Women’s Leadership Conference, March 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environment, 2021-2022

Selected among the Best Lawyers in America®, 2012 - 2023

Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers© Rising Stars, 2012 - 2016

Selected for Columbia Business Times "20 Under 40," 2014

Selected among Missouri Lawyers Weekly's Up & Coming, 2013

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Heart of Missouri United Way, Past President, Inclusion, Diversity and Past-Chair, Board of Directors

Mid-Missouri Woman's Law Association

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, Board of Directors

Show Me Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Board of Directors

The Missouri Bar, Environmental & Energy Law Committee, Past Chair and Vice-Chair

Boone County Bar

Vidwest Community Media Center, Board of Directors

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Education

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2001

Stephens College, B.A., 1998 

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