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Kathleen L. Millian joined the firm in 1987 after a clerkship with the Honorable James K. Singleton of the Alaska Court of Appeals and became a partner in 1992. She earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985 and her B.S. from Cornell University in 1982.

Ms. Millian’s practice involves representation of citizens groups in environmental cases and plaintiffs in civil rights cases.


Representative Cases

Ms. Millian’s environmental cases include: Interfaith Community Organization v. Honeywell International, Inc., 263 F.Supp.2d 796 (D.N.J. 2003), affirmed, 399 F.3d 248 (3d Cir. 2005), certiorari denied, 125 S.Ct. 2951 (2005), in which the Third Circuit affirmed the district court’s order to excavate and remove 1.5 million tons of hexavalent chromium waste in Jersey City, New Jersey, remedy the contaminated groundwater and the Hackensack River sediments, Michigan v. EPA, 213 F.3d 663 (2000), in which the court of appeals upheld EPA’s Clean Air Act rule requiring midwestern states to control emissions of nitrogen oxides which harm air quality in downwind states; Friends of the Earth, v. Gaston Copper Recycling Corp., 204 F.3d 149 (2000)(en banc), in which the court of appeals found that the plaintiff environmental groups had standing to proceed with their suit under the Clean Water Act; Public Interest Research Group of New Jersey v. Powell Duffryn Terminals Inc., 720 F. Supp. 1158 (D.N.J. 1989), in which the court granted a permanent injunction and imposed civil penalties of $3.2 million under the Clean Water Act on a polluter, affirmed in part and reversed in part on appeal, 913 F.2d 64 (3d Cir. 1990), penalty increased to $4.085 million; Public Interest Research Group of New Jersey v. Ferro Merchandising Equipment Corp., 680 F. Supp. 692 (D.N.J. 1987), in which the court imposed contempt penalties for a polluter’s failure to comply with an injunction to comply with the Clean Water Act.


Ms. Millian has represented the plaintiff class in the Salazar v. District of Columbia class action brought by Medicaid recipients against the District of Columbia since the case was filed in 1993. After a trial at which the plaintiff class prevailed (954 F. Supp. 278 (D.D.C. 1996)), the case settled while an appeal was pending and Ms. Millian continues to monitor and enforce the District’s compliance with a comprehensive injunctive consent order. Ms. Millian has also handled cases under the public accommodations and fair housing laws and attorneys’ fees litigation.



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Kathleen L. Millian - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Environmental - Washington DC

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