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Hana V. Vizcarra

Associate


1350 I Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-3311
Washington
Baltimore

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • Pomona College (B.A., International Relations and Politics, 2003)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2010)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Hispanic Bar Association of D.C.
  • Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
Languages
Languages
  • Spanish

Hana Vizcarra represents clients in complex environmental litigation matters arising under state and federal statutes and common law claims.  Hana also counsels clients on environmental compliance and regulatory matters and environmental aspects of transactions.  She has worked with clients in energy (exploration and production, midstream, and refining), power production, technology, transportation, mining, chemical, wastewater treatment, and other industries. Her practice has also included counseling clients on international regulatory developments.

Hana's experience includes: 1

  • Representing clients in complex civil litigation matters involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and other state and federal laws. Representative matters include:
    • Defending a Clean Water Act citizen suit in federal court in which the Plaintiff sought to impose new permit limits. Hana briefed pre-trial motions, prepared expert and fact witnesses for trial and prepared to question fact-witness at trial before the case settled mere days before trial.
    • Defending a Clean Air Act citizen suit also involving state tort claims for which Hana briefed motions regarding fact and expert discovery issues, worked with expert witnesses, managed aspects of the discovery process, prepared for depositions, conducted significant research and other trial preparation activities.
    • Drafting briefing to support remand to state court and defend a motion to dismiss as well as drafting discovery requests and working with experts in a matter involving project development and state land use and zoning issues.
    • Representing a Third Party Defendant in a CERCLA matter as part of a Joint Defense Group.
  • Counseling clients on regulatory and enforcement matters involving the Department of Transportation (FMCSA and PHMSAA), Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior (BSEE, BOEM, BLM), and other state and federal agencies.
  • Advising clients on changing legislative and regulatory frameworks at the state, federal and international levels. For example, providing a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework for electronic waste in certain Latin American countries and tracking domestic and international regulatory developments for shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing.
  • Counseling clients on environmental aspects of transactions. Hana has conducted due diligence, reviewed contract documents, aided clients in developing risk allocation and liability mitigation options, and advised international and domestic clients on U.S. law regarding contaminated properties and voluntary cleanup programs. Hana has also aided clients in the permit transfer and notification process following a sale or merger.

Prior to her legal career, Hana spent seven years working in political campaign communications and research. Hana maintains a robust pro bono practice primarily focused on representing clients in immigration law matters, including representing them in immigration court.

Hana is on the Board of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) and serves as the Chair of WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Section that organizes 2-4 presentations a month on a wide range of environmental and energy topics. She also serves as the firm’s liaison to the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC). She has organized panel presentations at four of HNBA’s Corporate Counsel and Annual Conferences and presented as a moderator or panelist at three.

1  Experience listed here includes work done at prior law firms.

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