Sarah Babcock is an associate in the Environmental & Land Development Group with her practice focusing on environmental, toxic tort and land use litigation. Sarah also counsels clients on compliance issues related to state and federal environmental statutes, and provides advice on the regulatory climate in areas such as hydraulic fracturing.
Prior to joining Alston & Bird, Sarah served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She also clerked for the Honorable Orinda D. Evans of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Sarah is currently a subcommittee co-chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. She also serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and works with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Saturday Lawyer Program. Additionally, Sarah co-leads a Girl Scout troop at an Atlanta elementary school.
Sarah received her J.D., with honors, from the Emory University School of Law in 2007, where she served as a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal and a board member of the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC). Sarah received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University in 2000.
- Took lead on an Eleventh Circuit briefing in the successful defense of appeal in a CERCLA lawsuit for past and future cleanup costs of two Superfund sites in Anniston, Alabama.
- Defending a Unilateral Administrative Order issued by EPA for a PCB-contaminated Superfund site in Raleigh, North Carolina; represent multiple defendants in related CERCLA litigation.
- Part of a core client team providing advice to an industry trade association on developments in federal, state and local regulation of hydraulic fracturing.
- Represented a Fortune 100 manufacturer in a CERCLA action seeking recovery of more than $12 million in past and future cleanup costs; successfully settled claims for less than 2 percent of the plaintiffs’ initial demand.
- Member of the national defense team for a consumer electronics manufacturer in litigation involving toxic tort claims from alleged PCE contamination in drinking water supplies.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 et seq., or CERCLA, establishes a broad federal program for remediating contaminated sites. Courts have grappled with the proper relationship between two provisions of CERCLA that authorize suits to recover remediation costs—Sections 107 and 113—since Section 113 was added to the statute in 1986. These Sections have been the subject of continued scrutiny and analysis because the stakes are high.
"Challenging CERCLA Claims At The Pleading Stage," Law360, August 15, 2011.
August 15, 2011
October 14, 2010
"Closing Atlantic Research's Gap: CERCLA's Next Step," Environmental Law360, July 27, 2010.
July 27, 2010