Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming

Partner

202-298-1928

gfleming@vnf.com

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Assisted newly elected local government client with reviewing terms of Clean Water Act Consent Decree, drafting a plan to address previous performance challenges with staff responsible for compliance and outlining a strategy to engage the regulatory agencies going forward.
  • Conducted internal investigation into alleged employee violations of organization’s policies and procedures that resulted in employee agreeing to repay funds inappropriately obtained.
  • Led the largest legal program within DHS, comprised of approximately 1500 attorneys and staff in 60 locations across the country providing legal advice to ICE client senior officials as they led a global team of nearly 20,000 employees committed to protecting national security and public safety via the enforcement of immigration and customs law.
  • Managed day‐to‐day operations of EPA’s nearly $8B budget and 15,000 employees in concert with other senior agency officials.  Participated in the development and coordination of viewpoints of various stakeholders as the Agency finalized or proposed significant environmental regulations including the Clean Water Rule, the Clean Power Plan, the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule, Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule, Ozone NAAQS and the Worker Protection Standard.
  • Operated as the lead enforcement official responsible for coordinating all civil and criminal aspects of environmental protection in conjunction with state partners and headquarters representatives in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, (RCRA) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other environmental laws.
  • Served as the chief negotiator on numerous highly sensitive and complex environmental matters involving diverse stakeholder interests including a comprehensive and enforceable historic agreement with the State of Florida establishing for the first time a science-based protective limit (WQBEL) on NPDES permits controlling phosphorus pollution discharges into the Everglades thereby ending nearly twenty years of litigation.
  • Served as the Agency’s co-representative to the RESTORE Act Council and supervised the personnel tasked with addressing ecosystem restoration and community resiliency in the Gulf of Mexico coastal region after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
  • Managed to fairly balance the interests of law enforcement agencies, next-of-kin, the media, and the community-at-large during the initiation and supervision of a year-long Special Civil Grand Jury Investigation into fifteen (15) officer-involved fatalities that occurred within DeKalb County, GA within the span of one year.
  • Maintained Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) Clearance. 

Presentations

Successful Policy Development in an Ever-Changing Environment

Moderator, "Successful Policy Development in an Ever-Changing Environment"
Washington, DC
12/10/2018

Environmental Review and Permitting Reform for Infrastructure Projects - Breakfast Program

National Association of Women Lawyers, Beveridge & Diamond, & Van Ness Feldman
Washington, DC
06/20/2018

New Source Review Reform: Past, Present, and Future

Moderator
American Bar Association
Teleconference
04/10/2018