Ms. Mullin acts as environmental counsel for a retail client with more than 100 locations nationwide. In this capacity, she supervises environmental litigation, develops environmental policies and procedures, negotiates environmental provisions of transactions, hires environmental consultants, represents the company at zoning hearings and advises the client on SEC disclosure obligations.
In 2010, Ms. Mullin was hired by the general counsel of a Fortune 500 company to audit the company’s manufacturing facilities, located in 12 states, for compliance with Clean Air Act Operating Permit requirements. Ms. Mullin met with plant managers and environmental professionals at each facility to assess compliance practices, train personnel on Operating Permit requirements and make recommendations for improvement. Her findings were reported to the Board of Directors, and significant systemwide changes to enhance environmental compliance were adopted.
Ms. Mullin routinely assists clients in responding to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigations brought pursuant to the Clean Air Act. She has been successful in limiting the scope of these investigations, identifying and protecting trade secret information and resolving alleged violations at the administrative level. Her clients have included electric power generators, boat manufacturers, glass manufacturers, ethanol facilities and scrap dealers.
When Ms. Mullin defended a manufacturing client against a demand by the United States for cost recovery under CERCLA, her investigation of the historic facts revealed that the company was not a PRP at the Superfund site. As a result, neither EPA nor other parties have pursued cost recovery or contribution against the client.
"Policing Green Claims," (co-author) Natural Resources & Environment (Spring 2012)
Speeches and Presentations
“The FTC’s New Green Guides,” (co-presenter) Schiff Hardin Practical Compliance Roundtable, Lake Forest, Ill. (Feb. 7, 2013)
"Marketing Your Products as 'Green' but Avoiding the Pitfalls," Schiff Hardin & ERM Seminar (September 27, 2011)
"An Overview of EPA Regulations," Energy Issues Summit, Minnesota Rural Electric Association, St. Cloud, Minn. (August 10, 2011)
"Using Litigation and Permitting as a Tool for Climate Change Regulation," Changes in Environmental Law: A Look at Recent and Emerging Environmental Regulations and their Impact, The Seminar Group, Chicago, Ill. (July 24, 2009)
Pro Bono Activities
Ms. Mullin's pro bono activities have included assisting the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, working with the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and representing firefighters in claims before the 9/11 Commission.