Marissa G. Nortz
(304) 353-8156
Office: Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Marissa Nortz counsels her clients in the often complex and ever-changing landscape of federal and state environmental regulations. Her clients, often municipalities, public service districts, and industrial companies, call on Marissa when they need help with environmental permitting and compliance for their water and wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, air emissions, and other environmental and regulatory needs.

Following in the footsteps of her father, a West Virginia coal miner, Marissa has adopted a boots-on-the-ground approach to addressing the needs of her clients, and never hesitates to put on a hard hat to visit with clients onsite. This approach allows Marissa to work closely with her clients to understand all aspects of their operations so she can address and truly understand the goals and objectives of their operations.

Marissa’s hard hat mentality allows her to work directly with state and federal environmental agencies on behalf of her clients. Whether its planning a new capital project, completing permitting applications, representing her clients during public hearings, or advocating zealously before state and federal administrative boards or courts, Marissa is instrumental to ensuring that her clients achieve the best results from to start to finish.

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2014 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2013 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

NPDES Compliance Training – West Virginia Rural Water Association; 2017, 2018, 2019

Legislative Update – West Virginia Rural Water Association 2018

Key Experience

Counseled municipal client through violation, appeal, and administrative hearing in front of the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board, which resulted in obtaining a waiver of the MS4 permit
On behalf of a Public Service District, negotiated federal consent decree under the Federal Clean Water Act and the West Virginia Water Pollution Control Act for stormwater and sanitary sewer violations
Provided environmental due diligence and environmental risk analysis to assist private equity company in the decision making process for investments in both intrastate and interstate natural gas pipelines

Memberships & Awards

Super Lawyers for Environmental Law – 2019 Rising Star
National Association of Women Lawyers
Phi Beta Kappa
WVU College of Law Moot Court Board
George C. Baker Moot Court Competition Winner
Order of the Barristers