I enjoy helping clients understand and work through the regulatory and environmental permitting processes necessary to achieve their development goals. I bring a public policy background and over twenty years of legal experience to bear to help clients on complex airport development projects.
Katie van Heuven is an expert on a broad range of environmental and land use issues and specializes in airport and transportation projects. She has advised airport clients on pending environmental reviews for ongoing development projects, including the Chicago O’Hare Modernization Program, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Airport Terminal Modernization Project, the new parallel runway at Charlotte International Airport, and the development of a new, supplemental commercial service airport in Las Vegas. Katie has extensive experience litigating airport issues, including claims arising under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and the Clean Air Act, and various federal aviation statutes. In addition, Katie provides strategic counsel to numerous airport sponsors on regulatory compliance matters including revenue use, grant assurance compliance, obligations arising under federal aircraft-noise statutes and securing FAA approvals related to land acquisition and development.
Katie also has broad experience with environmental and permitting obligations under various federal statutes including, but not limited to the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and CERCLA. She has represented and advised clients before various federal agencies and courts, including rulemaking comments and litigation matters, and she lobbies members of Congress and senior officials at various federal agencies on behalf of clients with regard to land use and development issues.
In addition, Katie has broad public policy experience. She previously served as the senior legislative assistant on environment, energy, and natural resource issues for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon; as a policy analyst for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Constitution Subcommittee; and as a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs.