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Mary E. Wall

Mary Wall is a partner in the firm’s environmental law department. She works extensively in identifying, quantifying, and allocating environmental risks in connection with corporate, energy, and real estate transactions. She provides regulatory, enforcement, and compliance counsel to industrial clients, and she works with developers on siting, permitting, and Brownfield cleanup projects, and with lenders on financing properties with environmental challenges.

In the transactional area, Ms. Wall represents equity investment groups and strategic buyers, as well as sellers and lenders. Representative transactions include acquisitions and divestitures of companies in the coal, aerospace, chemical, paper, food, publishing, and power production and transmission industries. Ms. Wall also works extensively with the firm’s real estate finance and renewable energy project development clients, including on-shore and off-shore wind projects and solar development projects. 

Additionally, Ms. Wall advises clients regarding environmental disclosure obligations in SEC filings, especially as to climate change implications, and she assists clients with strategic planning for compliance and environmental enforcement matters. Her work with developers has included, for example, advising a NFL team on environmental matters connected with siting a new stadium in Maryland; advising a client on a significant Brownfield cleanup and development in Northern Virginia; and advising clients on mixed-use smart growth developments in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Prior to and during law school, Ms. Wall served as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Charles “Mac” Mathias and as a policy analyst for an environmental consulting firm.

Ms. Wall received a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and a J.D. from the George Washington University in 1986.

Honors & Awards

Named to Washington DC Super Lawyers 2014

Activities

Ms. Wall is a member of Winston & Strawn’s Hiring, Women’s Leadership Initiative, and Pro Bono committees. She is former president and director of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment and is a member of the Section on Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association, including the Environmental Disclosures and Brownfields Transactions subcommittees. She also served on a legal subcommittee of an ASTM Task Group developing a standard on building energy performance assessments.

Publications

Ms. Wall lectures at professional development seminars on various environmental topics. She is a contributing author to an annual ABA book, Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation.

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • George Washington University, JD, 1986
  • University of Massachusetts, BS, 1977

Mary E. Wall

May Wall is a partner in the firm’s environmental law department. She works extensively in identifying, quantifying, and allocating environmental risks in connection with corporate and real estate transactions.

In this area, Ms. Wall represents equity investment groups and strategic buyers, as well as sellers and lenders. Representative transactions include acquisitions of companies in the coal, aerospace, paper, baking, publishing, and veterinary pharmaceutical industries, among others. On the real estate side, Ms. Wall works extensively with lenders on commercial mortgage-backed securitization transactions, and with real estate developers, and others conducting environmental due diligence, negotiating contract and lease terms, and securing appropriate environmental insurance.

Additionally, she works with developers on siting and permitting matters. For example, Ms. Wall advised an NFL team on environmental matters connected with siting and constructing a new stadium. Ms. Wall also advises clients regarding environmental disclosure obligations in SEC filings, and she assists clients with strategic planning for compliance, including developing regulatory and legislative solutions.

Prior to and during law school, Ms. Wall served as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Charles “Mac” Mathias, a policy analyst for an environmental consulting firm, and an intern with a national environmental public interest group.

Honors & Awards

Activities

Ms. Wall is a member of Winston & Strawn’s Diversity, Hiring, Women’s Steering, and Pro Bono committees. She is former president and director of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment and is a member of the Section on Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association, including the Environmental Disclosures and Brownfields Transactions subcommittees. She also serves on a legal subcommittee of an ASTM Task Group developing a standard on building energy performance assessments.

Education Ms. Wall received a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and a J.D. from the George Washington University in 1986.

Speeches and Publications Ms. Wall lectures at professional development seminars on various environmental topics. She is a contributing author to an annual ABA book, Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation.