Xena Burwell focuses her practice on Native American, environmental and energy law issues. She has experience with a variety of statutes including the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), and the Federal Power Act.

During law school, Xena clerked with Van Ness Feldman for two summers where she supported the firm’s energy, environmental and native affairs attorneys through research and drafting court documents. In addition to serving as a summer associate at the firm, Xena has also gained experience working for federal agencies and environmental non-profits. As a law clerk for the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Xena worked on a variety of federal regulatory issues, including Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Disposal Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act, for EPA Regions 3 and 8. She also clerked for the Environmental Defense Fund where she worked on issues for the Clean Air litigation team.

Additionally, while at law school, Xena was a member of the Howard Energy and Environmental Law Society. She was also a student-mediator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Unit in the Washington Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, Xena worked closely with staff mediators to deploy ADR strategies to resolve disputes in order to reach a settlement and avoid trial. Xena also drafted summary judgement briefs for the agency’s administrative law judges. Xena also served as the Environmental Law teaching assistant for Professor Carlton Waterhouse, who currently serves as the Assistant Administrator of Land and Emergency Management, Environmental Protection Agency.


Howard University School of Law J.D., 2021

Elon University B.A., 2018

Capitol College Course Work in Computer Information Systems Security/Information Assurance, 2013 -2014