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About Lisa

Lisa Jaeger focuses on environmental and natural resources law and policy. She advises industrial sector clients on clean air, climate change and energy efficiency issues, representing them before regulatory agencies, in judicial rulemaking challenges and before Congress. She works with clients in a variety of industrial sectors to resolve regulatory and legislative problems relating to water, waste disposal and other environmental areas.

Lisa served at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as acting general counsel and deputy general counsel, where she oversaw all legal matters before the agency. She advised the EPA administrator on the full range of environmental issues, including water, air, waste and pesticide and toxics issues.

She has also served as legislative assistant to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), advising the senator on environment and natural resources, appropriations, regulatory reform and judicial issues. Lisa also served in the first Bush administration in the White House as associate director of the office of cabinet affairs. Lisa teaches constitutional law at Johns Hopkins University. She has also taught environmental law, legal research and writing, interviewing, counseling and negotiation at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.

Lisa Jaeger is commended by clients for her ‘beyond excellent technical and functional understanding of the laws and regulations.’
Chambers USA, 2020


Recent Notable Matters

Specialty trade association — climate change litigation, through amicus briefs opposing liability for climate change imposed through judicial challenges

Industrial energy users — revisions to Clean Air Act regulations of the U.S. EPA

Coal waste-fired independent power producer — challenge to recent Clean Air Act regulations and an attempt to achieve necessary changes to the rule to preserve investments in energy recovery technology

Textile industry members — pending rulemaking regarding waste disposal with potential Clean Water Act implications

Industrial energy users — challenge to Clean Air Act regulations that penalized energy efficiency measures by improperly categorizing the industrial facilities

Publications and Speeches

"EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards Risk And Technology Reviews: Tight Deadlines and (Some) DC Circuit Guidance," Environmental Quarterly, Summer 2017 edition.

“EPA Improves Transparency by Posting Petitions and Notices of Intent Online,” Energy Central, September 23, 2013.



Widener University Law School,
cum laude
Catholic University of America,
Bachelor of Arts
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Johns Hopkins University
Adjunct Faculty





Federal Court Sets Timeline for EPA to Reconsider Regulation of Oil and Gas Waste Under RCRA

January 17, 2017
Energy Legal Blog®

In yet another example of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) “sue and settle” approach to regulation, in late December 2016, EPA entered into a Consent Decree with an environmental group and agreed to reconsider the Agency’s current treatment of oil and gas...



Chambers USA
District of Columbia Environment, 2008 - 2021
The Legal 500 United States
Environment: Litigation, 2019
BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Environmental Law, 2009 - 2022; Litigation - Environmental, 2011 - 2022
Widener University Delaware Law School
Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
Note and Comment Editor