- Johns Hopkins University (B.A., Public Health, 2007; General Honors)
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (J.D., 2013; cum laude; Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, Executive Articles Editor)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
Gayatri (“Gaya”) Patel maintains a diverse practice representing corporations, industry groups, and individuals in all aspects of environmental law, including environmental litigation and regulatory compliance counseling. A significant portion of her practice focuses on advising clients in the retail, chemical, and technology sectors on hazardous materials management, spill preparedness, product safety, and pesticides regulation.
Representative matters include:
- For a Fortune 50 technology company, serving in an “in-house” and project manager capacity advising on environmental regulatory compliance;
- Drafting management tools and checklists to build and improve hazardous waste management programs in compliance with applicable federal and state regulatory schemes;
- Representing a major developer in state tort claims alleging contamination, including navigating the discovery process and negotiating settlement agreements;
- Helping to defend a Fortune 500 corporation against multi-million dollar Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) cost recovery claims based on historical operations at the site;
- Preparing advice on requests for confidentiality of sensitive business information in regulatory filings;
- Tracking regulatory developments for clients related to environmental and product safety requirements; and
- Advising a group composed of national and multinational pesticide companies on regulatory obligations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Gaya also maintains an active pro bono practice. She is a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee and has represented tenants in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, individuals in removal proceedings in the Arlington Immigration Court, and pro bono clients on estate planning issues.
Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Gaya worked in the Solicitor’s Office at the U.S. Department of the Interior, at the U.S. District Court of Maryland, and in the Land Acquisition Section of the Environmental Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also was a National Semi-Finalist at the Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.