University of Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008, Order of the Coif; Notes & Comments Editor, Florida Law Review, 2007-08
University of Florida, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
Emily Sherlock practices in the areas of environmental law and corporate law. She regularly advises clients on compliance with state and federal environmental regulations, including those governing hazardous wastes, underground storage tanks, and emissions from non-road engines and equipment. She also represents clients in negotiations with environmental agencies to resolve alleged violations of such regulations.
Emily has experience serving as common counsel to a large group of potentially responsible parties at a contaminated site, including negotiating with the state agency to resolve the PRPs' liability and negotiating settlements between the PRP group and other PRPs. She also has experience negotiating Brownfield Agreements on behalf of prospective developers who wish to take advantage of valuable liability protection and tax credits in connection with the redevelopment of contaminated property.
In her corporate practice, Emily negotiates stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, entity mergers and commercial contracts. Her environmental experience benefits her corporate practice as well. In addition to drafting and negotiating transaction documents, she can assist her clients in effectively managing environmental risk in their corporate transactions.
Honors & Awards
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Associates to Watch, environmental, 2012-14, 2016
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Star, business/corporate, 2014; environmental, 2015-17
Represents a group of potentially responsible parties at a contaminated site in negotiations with governmental authorities to resolve Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act liabilities; in negotiations among the parties to allocate remediation costs; and in settlement negotiations with de minimis PRPs.
Advises manufacturers regarding compliance with various environmental laws and regulations, including Resource Conservation and Recovery Act provisions governing generators of hazardous wastes and applicable RCRA permitting exemptions.
Assisted a manufacturer in obtaining a favorable determination from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources regarding the company's hazardous waste management practices and avoided a notice of violation following a Resource Conservation Recovery Act inspection.
Advises equipment manufacturers regarding compliance with Clean Air Act regulations governing emissions from nonroad compression ignition engines and participation in the EPA's Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers.
Represented a real estate developer in the application for and negotiation of a Brownfield Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to redevelop a contaminated site in Boone, North Carolina, into a mixed-use student housing development.
Advised a hospital regarding compliance with state and federal regulations governing underground storage tanks containing petroleum.
Represented a property owner in negotiation of an access agreement with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to facilitate investigation and remediation of contamination under the Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act.
Advised purchaser of craft brewery in connection with environmental diligence, including limited environmental compliance review, and advised brewery regarding air, wastewater and stormwater permits following acquisition.
Advises holding company and its craft brewery and distillery subsidiaries in connection with general corporate matters and contract negotiations.
Represented a private equity group in both its acquisition and capitalization of a craft brewery and distillery, involving management rollover equity, co-investment equity, new incentive equity and senior debt financing as components of the capitalization.
Represented a public company in its acquisition by merger of a wholly owned subsidiary with a private corporation in the business of designing, manufacturing and selling aerodynamic tails and skirts mounted on semitrailers to reduce trucking fuel consumption.
Represented a public company in an internal restructuring project involving the intracompany ownership transfer of numerous subsidiaries in 13 countries.
Represented a heavy equipment distributor in its divestiture of certain regional business operations and assets.
Advised an engine distributor with respect to contract matters and preparing form sales documents for use in its daily operations.
News & Events
- Jan. 26, 2017
- June 2, 2016
- Feb. 4, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Oct. 23, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2015
- May 23, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- May 24, 2013
- June 8, 2012
- Oct. 10, 2008
- Tough Law or Tough Break? Supreme Court to review 9th Circuit decision in Georgia-Pacific v. Northwest Environmental Defense CenterDec. 19, 2012Westlaw Journal Environmental
- Feb. 21, 2011North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
- North Carolina Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section, Council Member, 2015-present; Annual Section Meeting and CLE, Program Planner, 2015; Newsletter Committee, Chair, 2014-present; Environmental News, Co-editor, 2014-present
- Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation