Samina Bharmal advises clients on a range of environmental enforcement and compliance matters before state and federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of State, and on developing comments and judicial challenges to federal rulemakings.
She also counsels clients in responding to agency investigations on air quality matters under the Clean Air Act, as well as on export controls and trade sanctions matters under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Lacey Act. Her experience includes significant roles in drafting the unprecedented successful U.S. Supreme Court stay application for the Clean Power Plan, and in conducting a corporate internal investigation under ITAR that resulted in the largest voluntary disclosure to the State Department in its history.
Prior to joining Sutherland, Samina was an associate for a large national law firm, where she focused on environmental and trade sanctions matters. Her previous experience also includes serving for two years as the first full-time law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, where she worked on timber trafficking, the Deepwater Horizon litigation and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters, among others. She also drafted speeches for the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General and the Division’s political leadership. During her time at the Justice Department, she received several Department honors for outstanding achievement as well as for her pro bono service.