Washington, DC-based Sheila Harvey ‘has considerable knowledge and expertise in regulatory and litigation matters’ and is a ‘trusted adviser.’
The Legal 500 U.S.

Sheila Harvey, Pillsbury’s Climate Change & Sustainability leader, is an accomplished adviser on environmental and energy policy and regulatory issues and their impact on transactional and litigation matters.

A senior member of Pillsbury’s Environmental and Energy practices, Sheila has deep experience in environmental issues impacting the energy, heavy industry, mining and general manufacturing industries. Her broad practice includes federal and state regulatory counseling, compliance, audits, investigations and training; overseeing projects; advising on facility decommissioning; structuring and negotiating business and real estate transactions to address environmental concerns; and crisis management. She also represents clients in civil, criminal, private and government suits.

Representative Experience

Counseled the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund and its affiliate ERP Compliant Fuels LLC regarding environmental obligations and carbon credits related to the purchase of certain bankrupt coal company assets.

Guiding a client on how best to comply with various carbon-emissions related rules, international reporting mandates and SEC disclosure requirements related to the impact of climate change on the company.

Advised a global manufacturing company on environmental compliance issues and the impact of new regulatory programs and standards regulations on manufacturing operations and site remediation projects.

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  • Advising the developer of new nuclear power complex in Turkey on environmental issues, including the status of nuclear projects impacted by United Nations climate change convention agreements.
  • Represented a large Fortune 200 manufacturer regarding site contamination, decommissioning and redevelopment issues, as well as litigation support for various claims related to the contamination at a manufacturing location, including:
    • Represented the company in the initial enforcement action brought by the regulators to address significant contamination of the location and the off-site effects of the contamination.
    • Advised on the standards for site remediation and the negotiation of remediation plans for the property.
    • Counseled regarding claims against the prior owner and operator of the facility and supported the litigation against the seller of the business.
    • Advised regarding claims brought against the company for damages associated with the off-site migration of the contamination, including property value diminution and personal exposure.
    • Advised on the closure of the facility and positioning the facility for redevelopment.
    • Counseled on the sales contract for the facility.
    • Advised on the renegotiation of the site remediation plans based on the proposed change of use of the facility as part of the redevelopment plans and required changes to the pending consent order. 

Professional Highlights

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Environmental Litigation (2015 – 2016) and Chambers USA for Environment – DC (2008 – 2016).

Member of Pillsbury’s team that won M&A Advisor’s 2015 “Deal of the Year” award for representing Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund in its $860 million purchase of bankrupt Patriot Coal assets.

Leads Pillsbury’s Futures committee that identifies innovative changes to the law firm business model and addresses emerging issues in industries that are impacting the legal landscape.

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  • Associations
    • Environmental Law Institute
    • American Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1979

    A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1976
    summa cum laude


  • District of Columbia