Lajuana Wilcher

Lajuana Wilcher

English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
  • Environmental Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • District of Columbia, Kentucky
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LaJuana Wilcher is a Partner at English Lucas Priest & Owsley LLP (ELPO). She began working with NACWA (then AMSA) in 1989, when she was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as EPA's Assistant Administrator for Water. In that position, she was responsible for national water policy, and promulgated stormwater, biosolids, and TMDL regulations, among others. She also convened and worked closely with the FACA group that developed the 1994 CSO Policy.

LaJuana worked on environmental law issues in Washington, D.C., for almost 20 years. She was a Partner in the DC offices of Winston & Strawn and LeBoeuf, Lamb Greene and MacRae LLP, where she served as legal counsel for NACWA and numerous municipalities in federal CWA litigation, permitting and enforcement matters. She has also served as a group facilitator, expert witness and legislative counsel on various CWA matters.

Returning to private law practice in her home state of Kentucky in 2002, LaJuana was a partner at ELPO until being tapped by Kentucky's Governor to be Secretary of Kentucky's Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet from 2003-2006, here she orchestrated a novel Consent Decree strategy with Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District.

LaJuana has developed and taught environmental law and policy courses at Vermont Law School and Vanderbilt University Law School. She was awarded NACWA's Special Recognition Award in 1993 and State Public Service Award in 2006. She has been selected as a Lifetime Honorary Member of American Water Works Association and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009. She speaks frequently throughout the country on environmental law and leadership issues.

LaJuana was a founding Board Member of America's Clean Water Alliance (now the U.S. Water Alliance) and Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park, and is a Supervisor of the Warren County Conservation District.

Practice Areas
    Environmental Law
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
- Current
Special Assistant to the General Counsel
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Current
Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
Assistant Administrator for Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Assistant to the Deputy Administrator and Special Assistant to the General Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
J.D. (1980)
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Western Kentucky University
B.S. (1977)
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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State Public Service Award
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Gold Medal
Salmon P. Chase College of Law Alumni Association
Housing Hero Award
Home Builders Association of Kentucky
Lifetime Honorary Membership
American Waterworks Association
Best Lawyers in America listing
The Best Lawyers in America
Listed for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Currently listed in Environmental Law and Litigation - environmental.
Professional Associations
Kentucky State Bar  # 76893
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Speaking Engagements
Notoriously Unclear: the Ebb and Flow of the Jurisdictional Reach of the Clean Water Act, webinar
Stealth Regulation: A Mountain or Molehill?, National Clean Water Law Seminar
Waters of the U.S., Kentucky Chamber Environmental Conference
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Getting and Complying with your Stormwater Permit, Kentucky Chamber Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
What Does Stewardship Mean to Kentucky Agriculture, Kentucky Ag Summit
Kentucky Agricultural Council
Environmental Law and the EPA, Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
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English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
1101 College Ave.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Toll-Free: (270) 781-6500