J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
B.S., University of Wisconsin
Virginia S. Albrecht's practice focuses on environmental law and administrative law-in particular, the Clean Water Act (CWA) wetlands program, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other federal regulatory programs that affect the use of land. Experience in permit negotiation, litigation of policy issues, lobbying Congress and the Administration, enforcement defense, and compliance counseling. Albrecht's client list includes development companies, agricultural and mining companies, state and local agencies, and trade associations. Albrecht has extensive experience with federal environmental agencies both in Washington and in district and regional offices. Albrecht was lead counsel in landmark wetlands cases, including NMA v. Corps of Engineers (invalidating the "Tulloch Rule," which illegally claimed authority to regulate excavation and land-clearing activities in wetlands); NAHB v. Corps of Engineers, which established that nationwide permits are rules subject to immediate judicial review; and Hoffman v. EPA, holding that the federal government must demonstrate an interstate commerce nexus in order to assert CWA jurisdiction over a wetland. Albrecht teaches a Wetlands course in the Graduate Program in Real Property Development.