Overview

Lauren Bachtel is counsel in Mayer Brown's New York office and a member of the Projects & Infrastructure group. Prior to joining Mayer Brown she was with another prominent firm and before that, Lauren was a US Department of the Interior (DOI) and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lawyer.

Lauren has represented energy industry coalitions and individual clients on various regulatory and administrative matters before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Lauren has deep experience in permitting matters for project development and financing purposes as well as drafting comments on administrative rulemakings, advising clients on policy and regulatory clarifications, negotiating proposed legislative bills, and federal litigation. She also has advocated on behalf of energy clients regarding climate and carbon policies. Lauren has extensive experience with permitting, compliance, and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, Mineral Leasing Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. She also has significant experience representing clients on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and hazardous waste matters. As an attorney-advisor for DOI’s Office of the Solicitor, Lauren worked with BLM, FWS and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on rulemakings, administrative actions and litigation that impacted the energy industries.

Experience

  • Advised clients on BOEM’s offshore energy development regulations and policies.
  • Advised clients on environmental permitting and wildlife risks and requirements for offshore and onshore renewable energy projects.
  • Advocated for clients on revisions to federal (ESA, MBTA, BGEPA) and state wildlife regulations.
  • Prepared comments on behalf of renewable industry clients on important policy developments under NEPA, including proposed revisions to the Council of Environmental Quality’s NEPA implementing regulations.
  • Prepared comments for BOEM on behalf of renewable industry clients advocating for Wind Energy Areas on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
  • Prepared comments for FERC on various regional transmission and market design issues on behalf of renewable industry clients.

Government Experience

  • Served as DOI counsel on the 2016 BLM Waste Prevention Rule, the compliance date postponement, the Suspension Rule, the revised Waste Prevention Rule, and all corresponding litigation.
  • Served as lead DOI counsel on the coal leasing moratorium, the associated programmatic environmental impact statement, and corresponding litigation.
  • Advised BLM on high-profile oil and gas and coal leasing matters throughout the country, which included rulemakings, internal guidance, environmental reviews, leasing decisions, royalty reductions, and bonding.
  • Advised BLM on right-of-ways, easements, and special use permits associated energy leases.
  • Advised BLM on the administration’s policy directions for various onshore natural resource extraction matters.
  • Represented BLM in oil and gas and coal leasing decisions appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals and worked with DOJ to represent BLM in the associated federal litigation.
  • Worked with the BLM and the Forest Service on oil and gas and coal leases that crossed multiple federal jurisdictions, which included joint environmental reviews and decisions.
  • Advised BLM on National Historical Preservation Act consultations for leasing decisions.
  • Advised BLM and FWS on ESA consultations for leasing decisions.
  • Advised the BIA on leasing and realty (right-of-ways, easements, and special use permits) matters on tribal lands.
  • Represented the BLM and the BIA in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advised BLM on CERCLA matters on federal lands and worked with DOJ to represent BLM in associated federal litigation.
  • Coordinated with DOJ to represent all DOI bureaus in FOIA litigation.
  • Represented the National Park Service (NPS) in land disputes and advised NPS on matters concerning the Wilderness Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Education

Pace University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude
Editor-in-Chief, Pace Environmental Law Review

Smith College, BA

Admissions

  • New York
  • Washington

Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), Leadership Development Program, 2020
  • Communications Vice-Chair, American Bar Association SEER In-House Counsel Committee, 2020
  • Recommended for Environment: Litigation, Legal 500 United States, 2021