After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas, Austin, Mrs. King worked as a Business Consultant for Mobil Oil Corporation in the New York City area. During her time at Mobil, she became well versed in the intersection between environmental regulation and the petroleum and oil business sectors. This experience motivated her to pursue a Juris Doctorate Degree at Drake University with an emphasis in environmental law studies and practical environmental law firm experience. Throughout law school, Mrs. King worked as an intern advising rural electric cooperatives on compliance issues concerning poly chlorinated biphenyls.
She has developed her post-law school career practicing primarily in large law firms in Kanas City, Missouri in the area of environmental law. Mrs. King has experience in all aspects of environmental law practice including complex litigation, environmental aspects of real estate transactions and due diligence, and regulatory counseling. She has represented the interests of clients involved in a variety of industry sectors that include banking, gas and petroleum, capital investment, manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, and nationwide retail establishments.
Mrs. King has advised clients on environmental issues associated with corporate and real estate transactions, including: the planning and execution of corporate due diligence related to environmental impacts; preparing and negotiating contract language in asset deals and real estate transactions; resolving environmental issues prior to closing; negotiating compliance agreements with administrative agencies to facilitate the transfer of ownership involving properties that may otherwise not be marketable due to environmental impacts; transferring permits; negotiating reimbursement from state trust funds for investigation and remediation costs to facilitate property transfers; assisting clients with post-transaction contractual claims for indemnity; and counseling clients on issues relating to disclosure requirements for environmental liabilities.
Mrs. King has successfully counseled clients on compliance and permitting issues involving state and federal law. She has utilized state voluntary clean-up programs and risk-based solutions to achieve administrative closure for contaminated properties. She has advised clients on prudent disclosures of potential violations of federal and state law discovered during due diligence or as part of internal facility audits.
Mrs. King has applied her environmental regulatory experience and knowledge to complex environmental litigation. She has represented companies involved in federal and state lawsuits brought under environmental statutes. Her experience includes: defending against common law claims such as nuisance, strict liability, negligence and trespass; representing companies against citizen-group, EPA and state-agency lawsuits brought under environmental statutes and in federal and state environmental administrative enforcement actions; and drafting successful dispositive motions and performing paper and electronic discovery.