LaBianca, Margaret B.

One East WashingtonSuite 1200Phoenix, AZ 85004

Updated: 01/21/2014

Overview

Margaret LaBianca focuses on forging relationships with regulators, stakeholders, and client personnel because she finds these relationships invaluable in getting her clients where they want to be. With a close understanding of a client's businesses, she interprets new and/or ambiguous regulatory schemes to determine a practical path to compliance. She also counsels on all aspects of transactions from due diligence and negotiations to drafting and effectuation to make sure the deal...

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Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Wind Energy
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Solar Energy
  • Water Rights

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2007

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona – Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section (Member, Executive Board)
  • State Bar of Arizona (Member, Peer Review Committee)
  • State Bar of Arizona – Editorial Board Arizona Attorney (Former Member)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section (Member and Past Chair)
  • American Bar Association – Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
  • Arizona Investment Council (Board Member)
  • State Bar of Arizona, Administrative Law Section, 2011 - 2012 (Past Chair)
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Environmental Committee)
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member)
  • National Mining Association
  • Arizona Mining Association, Water Policy Committee
  • Arizona Mining Association, Lands Committee
  • Arizona Mining Association, Biodiversity Subcommittee

Honors

  • America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Environmental (including water rights), 2012 - 2013
  • Named one of 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, 2012
  • One of the Best Water Lawyers in Arizona
  • Who's Who in Business, Top Lawyer, 2011

Classes and Seminars

  • Co-Speaker, Surface Management Requirements and Emerging Environmental Issues - Limitation on Lessee's Right to Develop, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2013
  • Speaker, What's Happening and What's Coming in Environmental Law, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (Chair), 2013
  • Speaker, Energy Law Update, Business Law Institute, 2013
  • Speaker, Legislative Developments in Environmental law, Arizona State University Law, 2012 Legislative Highlights, 2012
  • Speaker, Water Where We Need It, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (Chair), 2012
  • Speaker, Nuts and Bolts of Challenging Actions by State Agencies, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (Chair), 2012
  • Speaker, Nuts and Bolts of the Administrative Procedures Act and Agency Rulemaking, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (Chair), 2012
  • Speaker, NEPA Overview, Gatekeepers 8th Annual Regulatory Roundup, 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  • University of Arizona – Member, Board of Directors, Law College Association
  • Arizona Town Hall – Member and Reporter
  • Audubon Arizona – Former Member, Business Advisory Committee
  • Colorado River Water Users' Association
  • Arizona Hydrological Society
  • National Charity League, Phoenix Chapter, Grade Level Advisor
  • All Saints' Episcopal Church Vestry Member
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Mineral Law Newsletter, Arizona Mining Reporter

Past Positions

  • Justice Frederick J. Martone at the Arizona Supreme Court, Law Clerk

Education

  • The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, 1998
    J.D.
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Review: Arizona Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
  • Columbia University, 1995
    M.A.
  • Simmons College, 1987
    B.A.

Articles

Published Works

  • "EPA Determined to Proceed With NPDES Permit Fee Incentive for Clean Water Act Section 106 Grants", ENRLS Update, State Bar of Arizona, co-authored, April , 2007
  • "Water Quality Trading: An Option for Arizona?", ENRLS Update, State Bar of Arizona, co-authored, February, 2007
  • "Raponos Wrap Up", ENRLS Update, State Bar of Arizona, co-authored, December, 2006
  • The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law, The Maricopa County Bar Association, 2006
  • "Committee Proposes Standards for ‘All Appropriate Inquiries’", ENRLS Update, State Bar of Arizona, February, 2004
  • "Arizona Brownfields Law and Practice", Brownfields Law and Practice, LexisNexis, 2004
  • "Brownfields Land Transactions", Arizona Environmental Law Manual, State Bar of Arizona, 2001
  • "Needed Brownfield Legislative Reform Languishes", ENRLS Update, State Bar of Arizona, December, 2001
  • "Availability of the ‘Innocent Landowner Defense’ for Contamination Concealed by the Seller", ENRLS Update, State Bar of Arizona, June, 2001
  • "The Arizona Water Bank and the Law of the River", 40 Arizona Law Review 659, 1998
  • AZPDES and 404 Permitting in Arizona and Beyond, Environmental Professionals of Arizona, March, 2012

Office Information

Address

One East WashingtonSuite 1200Phoenix, AZ 85004

Fax

  • 602-532-7205

Email

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