Karen Aldridge Crawford

T: 803.255.9442
F: 803.255.9145
Meridian, 17th Floor
1320 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20001
T: 202.689.2934
F: 803.255.9145

Karen Crawford is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Columbia and Washington, D.C., offices, where she practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, toxic torts, and product liability. In 1997, the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice recognized Ms. Crawford as a Qualified Environmental Professional, a distinction awarded after 15 years experience and examination on a specific technical environmental project.


  • Counsels clients on environmental audits and compliance
  • Assists clients in disaster/catastrophic release response, including public relations
  • Represents clients in administrative hearings and negotiations with federal and state environmental agencies
  • Defends environmental litigation
  • Monitors and comments on state and federal regulatory activities
  • Clean Air Act permitting and enforcement defense, remediation oversight; experience in CERCLA cost recovery and contribution cases, Solid Waste and RCRA permitting, administrative appeals and enforcement actions, Clean Water Act permitting citizen suit and enforcement defense, Toxic Substance Control Act, and FIFRA
  • Has led environmental permitting efforts for new manufacturing facilities, as well as expansions
  • Has provided counseling on occupational health and safety and Homeland Security regulatory compliance matters, including enforcement defense
  • Advises clients on product labeling compliance involving products regulated by CPSC, FDA, DOT, FIFRA, Buy America/Buy American, and other federal regulatory programs
  • Speaker/author on environmental issues

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The American College of Environmental Lawyers, Fellow, Past Committee Co-Chair and Board of Regents
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Member
  • Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee, co-chair, American Bar Association (2016-2017) 
  • Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee, American Bar Association, newsletter co-editor
  • Environment, Energy and Resources Section, American Bar Association, Past Committee Chair

Speaking Engagements

  • “One Year Later: The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule as Applied,” ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources - Water Law Conference (March 29, 2016)
  • "Aging Infrastructure: First Stop, The Courtroom, When It All Starts to Fall Apart," American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar (Jan. 22, 2016)