Angela Morrison is Board Certified in Federal and State Government and Administrative Practice and has been practicing environmental law for thirty years on behalf of utility and industry clients, assisting with legislative, regulatory, permitting, and compliance matters.Angela began her legal career at one of Florida’s leading environmental law firms in 1990, just as the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 were enacted. She quickly became an authority and played a large role in all of the major air-related rule-makings in Florida for the next decade. While she continues to be a leader in this niche area, Angela gained knowledge and experience in all of the various substantive areas of environmental law through her representation of utility clients and siting dozens of new units designed to generate several thousand megawatts of power. The scope of Angela’s practice has grown significantly over the years to include broader environmental representation on behalf of a wide variety of energy, communication, industry, manufacturing, developer, trade association, and government clients, including Fortune 100 and global manufacturing companies as well small entrepreneurial startups. In addition to the CAA, she has significant experience with wetlands, solid and hazardous waste, industrial wastewater, water quality, consumptive use, endangered species, and land use issues. She also has regulatory experience related to potential effects from large utility and industrial projects on traffic, cultural resources, local economies, vistas, odors, noise levels, and existing infrastructure.
As result of her rich experience in the complex field of environmental and land use law, at both the policy level and at the as-applied, practical level, Angela has authored a number of articles for legal and technical publications and has become a frequent speaker and lecturer. The Best Lawyers in America© has recognized Angela for the past three years in Environmental Law, Thomson Reuters selected her for Super Lawyers in 2019 and 2020, Florida Trend has recognized her as a Legal Elite, and she is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Ms. Morrison received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Northeastern State University and a J.D. with High Distinction from Oklahoma City University School of Law where she was a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar, served as Managing Editor of the Law Review, and clerked as an intern for a federal district court judge and a state supreme court justice. She has been licensed to practice in Florida since 1990 and remains active with the Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section and currently serves on the Executive Council for the Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Angela has also been very active with the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, recently serving as a member of the Council. Angela is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida and the District of Columbia.
Over the past thirty years, Angela Morrison has assisted her utility, industry, and government clients with environmental-related legislation, rulemaking, permitting, variances, waivers, recordkeeping and reporting, compliance, enforcement, administrative litigation, appeals, and audits at federal, state, and local levels on a wide variety of matters. The scope of her environmental practice is broad, and the following list is reflective of her experience and the types of issues she has addressed and continues to address on behalf of her clients. Recently, Angela was co-lead counsel on the successful licensing of a large new power plant. Within the last few months, she also helped lead an industry effort that uncovered errors in data used to establish a federal air emission standard. Through the team’s interactions with agency representatives, the client received relief in the form of an alternative standard at the state level, and the federal agency is currently in the process of revising its rules to make this alternative standard available nationwide.
With their broad reach, the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws have has impacted virtually all stationary sources in one way or the other over the years. This has given Angela an opportunity to represent an array of diverse clients and, in a growth state like Florida, provided a virtually unparalleled opportunity to be involved with an impressive variety of facilities being constructed, operated, expanded, modified, converted, or relocated, including some of the first large-scale biomass and alternative fuel projects to be permitted in the state.
To help keep her clients informed and to consider potential impacts on regulated industry, Angela has actively monitored Florida and federal legislative and regulatory actions related to air emissions, climate change, and stationary sources since she began practicing in 1990. She routinely assists clients with seeking improvements to state and federal rules to ensure that their interests are being appropriately considered, to help raise awareness of potential consequences, and to minimize unnecessary adverse economic impacts.
Angela represents her clients before the following agencies and tribunals:
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