Troutman Sanders LLP announces the additions of Andrea W. Wortzel to the firm’s Richmond, Virginia office.  Andrea Wortzel, who joins as an of counsel attorney, has a diverse and dynamic environmental practice, handling a variety of complex water quality and  water quantity matters. She was previously at Hunton & Williams and is joining Partner Brooks Smith who joined Troutman Sanders’ Environmental and Natural Resources Practice in August (Read the Law 360 story here).

“Andrea brings tremendous additional strength to our environmental team in Virginia,” said Randy Brogdon, a partner in Troutman Sanders’ Environmental and Natural Resources practice. “Her experience and industry background will be of great benefit to clients navigating a variety of complex environmental issues.”

Wortzel has been practicing for 18 years, and her experience includes water rights and water supply planning, withdrawal and discharge permitting, and TMDL development and implementation. Her practice also includes regulatory counseling, environmental enforcement, permitting, and advocacy in federal and state rulemaking. She has been actively involved in water supply issues in Virginia, including the formation of a diverse stakeholder group focused on water supply regulation and management.

“We are excited to welcome Andrea to our office,” said John West, Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders’ Richmond office. “With Andrea’s considerable background in this area, she will provide valuable guidance on federal, state and local water quality and quantity issues.”

“The regulation of water is evolving, with increased emphasis on water supply and sustainable management of water resources,” said Wortzel. “My focus for the last 11 years has been on helping clients meet their sustainability goals, while ensuring the availability of needed water resources. Troutman Sanders has been heavily involved in national water supply and water quality cases. I am excited to join a team that shares my interests and experience and look forward to helping the firm continue to expand its practice in this area.”

“I am thrilled to be rejoined by Andrea, with whom I have practiced and collaborated for a very long time, who provides tremendous value to clients,” said Smith. “Our team here in Richmond will be intensely client focused, with a constant eye toward innovative and effective solutions.”

Troutman Sanders’ Environmental and Natural Resources practice provides highly specialized experience in all major areas of environmental law. The practice is on the leading edge of a number of significant compliance and enforcement issues before EPA and other regulatory agencies. Firm lawyers have litigated some of the most important environmental and toxic tort cases in the United States.

Wortzel earned a J.D. from University of Richmond and a B.A. from The College of William and Mary.