Laura Marie Goldfarb
(304) 353-8177
Office: Charleston
J.D. University of South Carolina
M.S. College of Charleston (Environmental Studies)
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Laura Goldfarb focuses her practice in the areas of environmental, health, safety, and security, where she helps clients proactively participate in the development of state and federal environmental, health, and safety policies and  appeals regulatory decisions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.  Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Ms. Goldfarb was Assistant Counsel at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, where she represented the agency in a variety of matters relating to the state's water quality and permitting program, and participated in the drafting of regulatory and statutory environmental provisions for the State of West Virginia.  Ms. Goldfarb is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.  She received her graduate degree in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston and her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University.  She is a member of the American Bar Association, West Virginia State Bar, Defense Research Institute and the Women’s Energy Network, as well as the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. 

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2013 Jackson Kelly PLLC
2007-2009 West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
2006-2007 Bailey & Wyant PLLC

Speaking Engagements

Presentation on New Environmental Developments for the New Developments in the Shale Gas Play at Charleston, Civic Center for WVU CLE (March 2016)

Presentations on ESA and WOTUS at the WV Forestry Association Symposium (February 10, 2016)

Presentation to 2015 NARO National Convention on Waters of the United States Rule (October 19, 2015)

Presentation to Marshall University Safety Conference on Waters of the United States Rule (September 17, 2015)

Presentation on air quality and permitting at the West Virginia Chamber’s 2015 Environmental Conference (May 19, 2015)

Presentation to engineers at the Construction Expo on Aboveground Storage Tank Statute and Rulemaking (April 2015)

Moderated the industry panel at the Ohio Valley Plastics Symposium (September 24, 2014)

Presentation to American Council of Engineering Companies about the impact the Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Act (W. Va. Code § 22-30-1 et seq.) (September 16, 2014)

Presented on Stormwater Permitting at the WV Water Environment Association portion of the Marcellus to Manufacturing (M2M) Conference and Contractor’s Expo in March 2014

Panelist on the February 28, 2014, ABA State Water Planning Program where I discussed the state of water planning in West Virginia and recent legislative developments following the chemical spill in the Ohio River

Panelist at the February 24, 2014 WVU Law Energy Summit “Regulation of CO2 Emissions from Power Plants: Flexibility and the Path Forward for Coal”

Co-author, Oil & Gas Chapter, American Bar Association Year in Review, 2012

Co-author, " Expedited CCS Development: Challenges & Opportunities," Legal & Regulatory Policies Chapter, 2011 Study Group Report, U.S. Department of Energy on behalf of the National Coal Council

Key Experience

Developed digital environmental health and safety regulation tracker for publicly traded oil and gas company, which allowed them to influence environmental policy, as well as monitor and comply with relevant policy developments
Evaluate standard operating procedures for compliance with new statutes and regulations
Assisted wind energy developer in matters involving the Migratory Bird Act and the Endangered Species Act

Memberships & Awards

American Bar Association
West Virginia State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
Rising Star, Super Lawyers® 2012-2016