An industry-leading environmental transactions attorney, Lisa Rushton guides corporate clients, including global, multi-national, and local corporations, real estate developers, financial institutions and investment funds on matters relating to federal, state, and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations and was identified by Chambers as one of the leading environmental practitioners for business transactions.

With substantial experience in matters relating to air and water pollution control laws, solid and hazardous waste management and cleanup, toxic substance control laws and the development of “brownfield” properties, clients rely on Lisa’s guidance and due diligence to understand environmental issues attendant to corporate and real estate transactions, debt and equity financings, public offerings, and bankruptcy proceedings. She routinely assists buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, debtors, landlords and tenants with understanding and apportioning environmental liabilities; manages the environmental due diligence process; and drafts and negotiates contractual provisions covering environmental aspects of business and real estate transactions.

Lisa has more than twenty years of experience overseeing the investigation and remediation of site conditions, counseling clients on compliance obligations and the implementation of environmental management systems, and assisting clients in the defense of claims relating to environmental liabilities and allegations of non-compliance. She has specific experience representing clients in such industries as:

  • Energy generation and sale
  • Waste management
  • Real estate development
  • Telecom
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemicals
  • Adhesives and coating manufacturing
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Aluminum and steel mills, and 
  • Airport management


  • Contributing author to the Environmental Law Institute’s Climate Change Deskbook
  • Repeat contributing author on regulatory developments reported in the Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law The Year in Review
  • Unconventional Oil and Gas Reporter: State Rules for Frac Wastewater Management Vary Widely Across the US, Reflecting ‘Tightrope’

Professional Activities

  • Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, Trustee
  • Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
  • American Chemical Society

Honors and Awards

Chambers USA Ranked Lawyer, Washington, DC, Environmental, 2015-2019


Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Supervised the diligence and advised on both the acquisition and divestment of equity in a company that manufactures complex, highly-engineered solutions for the aerospace, defense and space industries, including products used to facilitate the transfer of fluids and gases at extreme temperature and pressures required for mission-critical applications 
  • Represented multinational conglomerate in joint venture for the development of meltless titanium alloy powder manufacturing technology, including siting of R&D pilot production facilities
  • Represented Fortune 100 company in the negotiation and implementation of a voluntary investigation and remediation of an early atomic energy manufacturing facility and multiple toxic tort, state and federal cost recovery actions arising from the related soil and groundwater contamination
  • Advised and negotiated environmental terms for the divestment by large multinational conglomerate of its embedded systems business, specialized in open-architecture electronic systems for aerospace, defense, and industrial applications
  • Served as environmental counsel for one of the largest national waste management companies on over one billion dollars in acquisitions of landfills, hauling routes and transfer stations, including the conduct of due diligence, oversight for permit transfers, compliance with good character disclosure requirements, and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements
  • Represented one of the largest international food and nutrition companies on the negotiation of fixed price remediation contracts
  • Represented municipal government on the negotiation on brownfield redevelopment contracts for more than 1,000 acres of contaminated property
  • Represented major telecommunications company in numerous cost-recovery litigation matters
  • Counseled borrowers and lenders on senior and mezzanine financing, project finance, and revolving facilities for liquid natural gas storage and processing facilities, toll roads, airport expansion projects, coal fired power plants, mining operations, and other industrial and specialty manufacturing companies

Bar admissions

2019, North Carolina

2014, Texas

1997, District of Columbia

1996, Illinois

1994, Florida


  • J.D., 1994, Tulane Law School
    • magna cum laude
  • B.A., 1989, Bucknell University
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