Allison Watkins Mallick advises clients facing complex environmental challenges, focusing on litigation, regulatory advocacy, and compliance counseling. She assists companies and industry coalitions across multiple sectors, including energy, cement, manufacturing, chemical processing, and agricultural processing. Her work includes defense of environmental permits for new projects and existing facilities, federal and citizen enforcement suits, class actions, and toxic tort claims. As a regulatory advocate, Allison develops strategies for working with agencies and local communities, helps clients participate in state and federal decision-making processes, advises on compliance issues, and handles appeals of agency rules. Allison has litigated cases not only in California but in state and federal venues across the country, including in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. She has experience across all environmental media (air, water, and waste) and has particular experience in air-related issues, having defended Clean Air Act enforcement actions and citizen suits, developed plans for compliance with Regional Haze obligations, and drafted comments on over fifty EPA rulemakings under the Clean Air Act.
Before attending law school, Allison was a policy researcher at the Environmental Law Institute, where she analyzed implementation of delegated state programs under the federal Clean Water Act, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit programs; assessed state programs to control aquatic invasive species; investigated ways to improve government agency management through the use of meaningful goals and progress metrics; and helped run the Annual Boot Camp on Environmental Law.