Van Ness Feldman Expands Pipeline Safety Practice

July 29, 2016

Van Ness Feldman is pleased to announce the addition of Bryn S. Karaus as an Associate in the firm’s Pipeline Safety practice. 

Ms. Karaus joins the firm after having worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for the past six years.   As a member of the firm’s Pipeline Safety practice, Ms. Karaus will focus on the regulation of pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and the transportation of hazardous materials, and will assist clients on a full range of compliance, policy, and enforcement matters.

In announcing Ms. Karaus’s arrival to the firm, Susan Olenchuk, Partner and Practice Coordinator of Van Ness Feldman’s Pipeline and LNG Practice and Pipeline Safety Practice, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Bryn to our pipeline safety team. The perspective and expertise that she brings from her experience working at PHMSA significantly enhances the breadth of the firm’s capabilities representing pipelines on regulatory and compliance issues.” 

Richard Agnew, Chairman of Van Ness Feldman, commented, “Bryn is an excellent addition to the firm.  She adds an important new dimension to the pipeline safety practice and will be an integral part of the firm’s future.”    


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