Kathryn (Kaki) Schmidt

Senior Counsel *

202.298.1800

kschmidt@vnf.com

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Serving as lead counsel in Clean Water Act citizen suit litigation on behalf of several environmental groups for sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) caused by outdated infrastructure.
  • Serving as lead counsel in CERCLA cost recovery action at the Sand Creek Superfund Site in Commerce City, Colorado.  Included negotiating a complex settlement with multiple parties and operable units.
  • Serving as lead counsel in multi-media enforcement action against an oil refinery in Bakersfield, California for violations of the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and RCRA.  Included negotiating a complex settlement for injunctive relief, civil penalties and Supplemental Environmental Project. 
  • Serving as lead counsel in Clean Air Act case against an oil refinery for poorly functioning air pollution control and monitoring equipment.
  • Serving as lead counsel in Clean Air Act case against car dealership for tampering with pollution control equipment.
  • Establishing foundational law under CERCLA's “Act of War” defense concerning oil company disposal of waste during World War II (McColl Superfund Site in Fullerton, California).  
  • Leading early discovery and briefing of CERCLA corporate parent and successor liability for Montrose Superfund Site in San Pedro, California (decades of DDT disposal into Pacific Ocean).
  • Serving as pro bono counsel to environmental groups under Clean Air Act case against a municipal waste incinerator.
  • Acting as consumer advocate regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s lack of enforcement of gluten-free labeling rules, on behalf of Celiac Disease community. 
  • Acting as a youth sports safety advocate.  Pushed through culture change to pioneer the first concussion program within a local youth hockey league, which has been recognized by USA Hockey.


* Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Work is supervised by a member of the District of Columbia bar.