Meredith Odato Graham
Area of Emphasis
Meredith Odato Graham is an associate in the Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources groups of Babst Calland. She assists clients with a variety of environmental matters and focuses her practice on federal, state, and local regulatory and permitting issues arising under the Clean Air Act.
Ms. Graham regularly counsels companies in the chemical, oil and gas, cement and other industrial sectors regarding the environmental requirements affecting their operations. Her core practice involves assisting clients with day-to-day compliance and permitting needs for facilities located around the country, often in conjunction with technical consultants. She has experience with state and federal agency information requests and enforcement actions, as well as environmental litigation matters such as permit appeals and citizen suits. She also provides environmental due diligence services for corporate transactions.
In 2008, Ms. Graham graduated summa cum laude with distinction in research from Cornell University, where she earned a B.S. in Natural Resources and focused her studies on Resource Policy and Management. Her work as a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar was published in the Journal of Forestry and her enthusiasm for environmental policy won her the title of Morris K. Udall Scholar.
Ms. Graham is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earning both a J.D. and a certificate in advanced study of environmental law, science and policy. She was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and a Pitt Law Fellows Scholar. Ms. Graham was an Articles Editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. She also served for three years as an elected class representative in the Student Bar Association. During her time at Pitt Law, Ms. Graham received the School of Law Community Service Award and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Ms. Graham has work experience with county, state and federal environmental agencies. She was an intern in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District Office of Counsel during her final year of law school. Also during law school, Ms. Graham participated in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a ministry and leadership program of Alliance Defending Freedom.
Memberships and Affiliations
Ms. Graham is admitted in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar associations. In 2017, the Office of the Governor appointed Ms. Graham to the Pennsylvania Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council. She also currently serves on the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association Board of Governors. Past community involvement includes service on the Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine and the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Graham is an active member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), Women’s Energy Network, Appalachia Chapter, and the Air & Waste Management Association, Allegheny Mountain Section.
In 2018, Ms. Graham was selected by The Legal Intelligencer as one of only 30 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” in Pennsylvania. This recognition is given to attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in four categories: development of the law, advocacy and community contributions, service to the bar and peer/public recognition. Ms. Graham was also selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list for Environmental Law.
- Co-Presenter, “Going Global: Expanding the Scope of Environmental Review for the Energy Sector,” Energy Industry Environmental Law Conference, Institute for Energy Law, May 2018.
- Co-Presenter, “Air is the New Water,” Shale Insight, Marcellus Shale Coalition, September 2017.
- Co-Author, “Federal Court Directs FERC to Evaluate Downstream Climate Change Impacts,” The PIOGA Press, September 2017.
- Presenter, “Change is in the Air: Evolving Requirements for Oil and Gas Industry Sources,” Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 2017.
- Author, “State and federal governments remain active in a changing regulatory landscape—air regulatory updates,” The PIOGA Press, June 2017.
- Co-Author, “Release of draft permits marks beginning of new era in air permitting,” The PIOGA Press, December 2016.
- Presenter, “Ever-Changing Air Regulations for Fossil Fuel Exploration, Production, Transportation and End Use,” Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, July 2016.
- Presenter, “U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Act Proposals Targeting the Oil and Natural Gas Industry,” Air & Waste Management Association, Allegheny Mountain Section Luncheon, November 2015.
- Presenter, “Hot Topics under the Clean Air Act,” Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, September 2015.
Meredith Odato Graham
- Energy & Natural Resources
B.S. in Natural Resources, with a Focus on Resource Policy and Management, Cornell University, summa cum laude with distinction in research, '08
J.D., with a Certificate in Advanced Study of Environmental Law, Science and Policy, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, magna cum laude, '11