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Jayni A. Lanham

Principal


201 North Charles Street
Suite 2210
Baltimore, MD 21201-4150
Baltimore

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • University of Maryland (B.S., Environmental Science and Policy; B.A., Government and Politics; 2005; summa cum laude )
  • University of Maryland (J.D., 2008; Order of the Coif; magna cum laude )
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Courts: District of Maryland, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

Jayni Lanham’s practice includes litigation and regulatory counseling on federal and state environmental, health, and safety laws and related common law matters. 

Jayni’s litigation practice involves pre-trial motions practice, complex discovery, and the development of effective technical defenses.  Recent examples of Jayni’s litigation experience include:

  • Successfully defending a power generation company in both trial and appellate courts against state common law tort claims relating to alleged sub-surface migration of contaminants through groundwater to nearby properties.
  • Successfully obtaining judicial termination of a global, multi-media consent decree for a chemical manufacturing company following negotiations with federal and state enforcement agencies.
  • Representing a petroleum exploration and production company in litigation arising from an operator’s use of the company’s platform on the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in a favorable settlement for her client.
  • Representing a water filtration plant  in a citizen suit alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.

In addition to her litigation practice, Jayni counsels clients on a variety of environmental, health, and safety programs.  A leader of Beveridge & Diamond’s Occupational Safety and Health group, Jayni advises clients on compliance and enforcement issues related to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and its state equivalents.  Examples of Jayni's OSHA experience include:

  • Reaching a favorable settlement for a major manufacturing company in a multi-party OSHA investigation and subsequent enforcement action involving a fatality.
  • Negotiating a settlement with a state OSHA involving alleged machine guarding violations.
  • Advising a refinery client on a state OSHA investigation.
  • Advising a large retailer on compliance with the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard.

Jayni also advises clients on compliance with spill response and reporting requirements arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and their state equivalents. 

In a pro bono capacity, Jayni successfully secured summary judgment on behalf of a family that was displaced from its home for seven months because of a mercury spill.  The summary judgment precipitated a favorable settlement for the family’s expenses and hardship during the cleanup of its home.  In addition, Jayni successfully represented homeless individuals seeking expungement of their non-conviction criminal records in order to obtain employment.  She also assisted pro bono clients with immigration issues, administration of charitable trusts, and contract disputes.

During law school, Jayni earned a certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law, served on the Maryland Law Review, and represented clients on a variety of environmental matters as a member of the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic.  She interned with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General at the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of the Environment. 

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