Industry Shakers: Chem Lawyer Goes Private, Energy Vets Move

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By Fatima Hussein

Beeta B. Lashkari is surprised to see how little OSHA enforcement has changed with the new presidential administration.

Shifts in presidencies influence the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s agenda, she says. President George W. Bush stood for compliance assistance, Barack Obama increased enforcement, and Donald Trump—"we all anticipate less enforcement but we see plenty.”

Lashkari was one of four inspector attorneys for the Chemical Safety Board for more than three years, investigating chemical accidents, before she took her new position at Conn Maciel Carey LLP in Washington on April 16.

At her new firm, Lashkari will advise and represent clients in inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions, including those from OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the CSB, and state and local regulators.

Lashkari, like many others, is waiting for a confirmation hearing on nominee Scott Mugno to lead OSHA.

“There is still a lot of enforcement at the federal level by OSHA,” she told Bloomberg Environment. “It’s just a matter of seeing how much Obama-era enforcement sticks around.”

Paul Freeman is joining Crowell & Moring LLP’s New York office. He will join the firm as a senior counsel in the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources and Government Contracts groups.

With more than 20 years experience, Freeman joins Crowell from Eversheds Sutherland LLP, where he served as counsel in the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Commodities Practice Group. His previous experience also includes serving as counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Steven A. Weiler joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP in the firm’s Regulatory Affairs Group in Washington. Weiler represents energy companies in regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. With more than 30 years experience, Weiler represents energy companies in a wide array of proceedings.

He has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the areas of energy and natural resources law, administrative law and utilities law, is a frequent writer on energy regulatory matters, and regularly speaks on those topics before industry and legal professional audiences, according to a news release.

Weiler comes from Stinson Leonard Street LLP, where he was a partner in the Washington office. He previously practiced at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Jen Duggan has joined the Conservation Law Foundation as the vice president and director of the organization’s Vermont chapter.

Before joining the Conservation Law Foundation, Duggan was general counsel for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in Montpelier.

“Jen Duggan is a tireless defender of the right of all communities to have access to a clean and healthy environment,” said Bradley Campbell, the president of Conservation Law Foundation, said in a news release.

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