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Genus Heidary focuses much of her practice on environmental, health, and safety-related matters, providing both proactive compliance counseling, as well as strategic advocacy at times of enforcement litigation. She has comprehensive experience counseling clients through major industrial accidents, workplace fatalities, agency inspections, and crisis management at times of potential toxic releases. Genus works with technical experts and auditors, providing compliance counseling in relation to the development and improvement of environmental, health, and safety programs. Much of this work requires her to take the lead on internal investigations to evaluate litigation risk, as well as compliance readiness. Her portfolio also includes due diligence risk assessments of commercial deal work.

With a background in public policy and years of courtroom experience as a litigator, Genus also represents clients from a broad array of industries - including manufacturing, health care, technology, energy, real estate, and financial services - in challenges to agency rule-makings, supervisory investigations, complex litigation, and class action lawsuits, as well as civil and criminal enforcement actions brought by federal and state regulatory agencies, state attorneys general, and the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Such experience has allowed her to represent clients before agencies including the Department of Labor (DOL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Federal Reserve Board, or related state agencies.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Genus worked in healthcare management and health policy capacities.

Concentrations

  • Litigation
  • OSHA
  • Environmental
  • Federal regulatory and administrative law
  • Health care
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Supervisory investigations
  • Financial services

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented Fortune 50 energy company before the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA), implicating process safety management.°
  • Lead environmental attorney of lender and, after foreclosure, now land owner in $260 million real estate purchase contract dispute that implicated environmental (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and state Brownfield Program), breach of contract, and other claims with major national homebuilder. Case ultimately turned on environmental claims and resulted in judgment for client after three-week bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. U.S. Homes Corporation v. Settlers Crossing LLC, et al. Decision affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and petition for certiorari denied by U.S. Supreme Court.°
  • Represented Fortune 50 energy company in multi-agency investigation following refinery fires, including inspections and enforcement by Cal/OSHA, Chemical Safety Board (CSB), EPA, and other OSHA-approved state plans and local agencies.°
  • Represented integrated energy company in relation to enforcement action brought by Cal/OSHA, which ultimately resulted in settlement of 17 workplace safety and health violations, including six serious and nine willful citations.°
  • Represented Fortune 50 energy company relating to nationwide civil settlement with the DOJ, EPA, and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.°
  • Represented integrated energy company in Clean Air Act permitting and enforcement under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review, minor source, and Title V permitting programs.
  • Represented waste water treatment facility in 26-count criminal indictment brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Included claims brought pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA). Client was acquitted on all charges.°
  • Represented leading lawn and garden manufacturer in one of the largest EPA/DOJ Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) civil and criminal enforcement matters.°
  • Audited clients’ compliance programs with various regulatory schemes impacting environmental, safety, and health. This included multi-jurisdictional analysis of parallel OSHA-approved state plans’ requirements.°
  • Represented manufacturing and chemical companies in state OSHA inspections.°
  • Represented trade organizations and industry members responding to agency rule-makings pursuant to the state equivalents of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the federal Clean Air Act.°
  • Congressional Fellow, Office of Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis
  • Management Analyst, San Mateo County Health Services
  • Represented executive in action brought by the FTC under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act, and the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act.°
  • Defended transportation company in federal grand jury subpoena related to allegations of fraud.°
  • Represented one of the largest educational technology companies in intellectual property dispute.°
  • Represented bank in response to complaint filed with Federal Reserve Board and related examination conducted by regional office of supervision.°
  • Represented clients in criminal investigations brought pursuant to maritime laws, including the MARPOL Protocol.°
  • Represented clients in class action matters brought pursuant to state consumer protection acts.°
  • Counseled private equity investors on evaluating target companies’ litigation risk and compliance programs pursuant to federal and state regulatory schemes including the Retail Installment Sales Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Truth in Lending Act, Regulation Z, Consumer Leasing Act, Regulation M, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Regulation B, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Regulation V, Federal Trade Commission Act, and Dodd-Frank Act.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Heidary prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Consuelo Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Otis Wright II, U.S. District Court of the Central District of California
  • Law Clerk, Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender, Capital Crimes Division

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers Magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2019
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, D.C. Women’s Bar

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Lead Articles Editor, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal
  • M.P.H., Policy and Management, University of California at Los Angeles
    • Editorial Board, UCLA School of Public Health Magazine
    • Anne G. Quealy Memorial Fellow, “Outstanding Graduate”
  • A.B., Human Biology, Stanford University
Admissions
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia