NICOLE NOËLLISTE is a member of the Environmental practice group in Washington, D.C., which is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA in 2021. She has been recognized in the 2021 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, for her work in environmental law. Nicole focuses her practice on advising clients on a wide range of complex environmental and energy matters, including regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, and rulemaking challenges.
Nicole also has experience engaging with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and state regulators to obtain approvals of changes of control of radioactive material, export, and exempt distribution licenses regarding radioactive substances, as well as counseling clients about obligations under those licenses. Nicole gained broad knowledge of the NRC regulatory process during her tenure as an Honor’s Attorney in the NRC’s Office of General Counsel. Additionally, Nicole counseled the agency staff on the development of the NRC’s first Tribal Policy Statement, and reviewed National Environmental Policy Act analyses of NRC permitting decisions.
During law school, Nicole served as a law clerk at the Environmental Law Institute, an Honors Law Clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of General Counsel, and a law clerk within the Natural Resources Section of the DOJ’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division.
Nicole also holds a Master of Public Affairs in Environmental Policy & Natural Resources Management from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In college, she was nominated as the NCAA Division I “Woman of the Year” for her outstanding achievement in academics, athletic competition, and community engagement.