Bernadette M. Rappold

Bernadette M. Rappold


Bernadette M. Rappold focuses her practice on federal and state regulatory issues related to energy and the environment. Bernadette has substantial litigation experience and advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as the environmental, safety and health aspects of numerous business and real estate transactions, including water, air and chemical hazards. Bernadette offers clients perspective gained through years of service at the Environmental Protection Agency. While serving as a director of the Special Litigation and Projects Division in the Office of Civil Enforcement at the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Bernadette led complex enforcement actions in response to violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other environmental statutes. Her work at the EPA covered a variety of economic and industrial sectors including the oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and agriculture industries.


  • Energy
  • Oil and gas
  • Renewable energy
  • Water resources
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act
  • The Safe Drinking Water Act
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund)
  • The Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act
  • The National Environmental Policy Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • The Endangered Species Act
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  • Obtained favorable applicability determination from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act for a client’s new renewable energy gasifier.°
  • Successfully defended municipal wastewater treatment plant in federal enforcement action under the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.°
  • Drafted client comments on proposed EPA rule that led to favorable changes in final rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard.°
  • Successfully defended clients in threatened and actual citizen suits under the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.°
  • Assisted clients in performing environmental due diligence prior to purchase of contaminated property.°
  • Broke through logjam and helped client obtain Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration for pesticidal device.°
  • Counseled clients on imports compliance under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Clean Air Act.
  • Obtained full penalty and liability mitigation for clients disclosing and correcting environmental violations under federal audit policy and state analogs.°
  • Successfully defended healthcare institution in NRC investigation of unfounded whistleblower claims.°
  • Evaluated NEPA and other claims and assisted client in obtaining secured bond financing for public transit project.°
  • Successfully litigated toxic tort claims on behalf of persons exposed to excess radiation from nuclear weapons plants.°
  • Counseled clients on environmental compliance under all federal environmental statutes.°

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

  • Director, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Special Litigation and Projects Division, 2008-2013
  • Director, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Federal Facilities Enforcement Office, Site Remediation and Enforcement Staff, 2001-2008

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2017 
  • Named, National Law Journal, “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer,” 2016


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1994
    • Dean’s List
    • Executive Editor, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Temple University, 1990
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • French, Conversational
  • German, Conversational
  • Russian, Conversational
  • Spanish, Conversational