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About Ann

Ann Navaro advises on and litigates under the federal laws and policies governing natural resources and the environment. After more than 25 years as a top litigator and policy adviser to the federal government, Ann brings exceptional insight and acumen to clients seeking to build infrastructure, produce valuable natural resources, or improve government policies and programs affecting their businesses. She has held senior legal and policy positions at the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Department of the Interior, including most recently as Counselor to the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior. Ann spent more than 10 years as a trial lawyer in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the US Department of Justice, as well as 10 years litigating and managing civil works litigation for the Army Corps.

Ann has advised on some of the most challenging and high-profile policy issues in natural resources and environmental law, including NEPA reform, federal permit streamlining, wetlands protection, and protected species policy.  She has litigated or overseen the litigation of scores of disputes involving a wide range of issues, such as upstream energy permitting, wetlands permitting, offshore royalties, federal takings and constitutional challenges.

Ann supports clients—including infrastructure developers and companies active in the upstream, pipeline, renewables, power transmission, and LNG sectors—on project siting and operation; permitting and enforcement under federal wetland, habitat and resource statutes; and related regulatory issues, policy advocacy, and litigation.

Experience

Publications and Speeches

“Permitting Issues Related to the US Army Corps of Engineers and AOPL’s Strategy Related to the Agency,” Association of Oil Pipe Lines Annual Business Conference, September 2019

"Environment and Natural Resource Laws Applicable to Infrastructure Projects: Changes Affecting Projects Planning & Execution," ABA Webinar, July 24, 2019 

"NEPA 101," NEPA, ESA and Fundamentals of Environmental Law, June 11, 2019

Credentials

Education

University of Cincinnati College of Law,
J.D.
1991
Wellesley College,
Bachelor of Arts
1988
cum laude

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
District of Columbia

News

Insights

Insights

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Flight of Fancy or Enduring Change?

February 26, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The Trump Administration has issued a proposed rule, 85 Fed. Reg. 5915 (February 3, 2020), that would codify its interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), 16 U.S.C. 703 et seq., as applying only to the direct take of birds subject to the Act. For decades...

Trump Administration Proposes Unprecedented and Comprehensive Revisions to NEPA Regulations

January 16, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) -- a law that has been referred to as the “Magna Carta” of the nation’s environmental laws – turned 50 years old on January 1, 2020. On January 10, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) published a...

EPA Repeals Obama Rule Defining Waters of the U.S.

September 13, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

On Thursday, September 12, EPA General Counsel Matt Leopold announced EPA’s final rule repealing the 2015 Waters of the United States (“WOTUS”) Rule. Significantly, General Counsel Leopold did not announce the final replacement WOTUS Rule, which was proposed...

Highlights from the Trump Administration’s Rulemaking Agenda

July 9, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

The Office of Management and Budget’s Spring 2019 Unified Regulatory Agenda includes many items with significant implications for the energy and infrastructure sectors. This blog post offers highlights from the Agenda, with an emphasis on upcoming actions...

D.C. Circuit Overturns USACE Permit for Transmission Line

March 4, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

On March 1, 2019, the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in National Parks Conservation Association v. Semonite, No. 18-5179, finding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) violated the National...

Comment Period Open for Proposed WOTUS Rule

February 14, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

The comment floodgates are open for the proposed federal Waters of the United States (“WOTUS”) rule. The rule would re-define the phrase “waters of the United States” which dictates the geographic reach of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army made the pre-publication...

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s Decision to Vacate Mountain Valley Pipeline Nationwide Permit

November 28, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

On November 27, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued the most recent in a series of decisions from various courts affecting the federal permitting and construction of interstate pipelines. Sierra Club v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 18-1173...

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