1230 Peachtree Street, N.E
Atlanta, GA 30309
Wake Forest University
HONORS & RECOGNITION
Shelly Jacobs Ellerhorst practices environmental law, with an emphasis in complex water and hazardous waste related litigation, permitting, regulatory, and enforcement issues. Shelly is counsel to the State of Georgia in in what is commonly referred to as the “Water Wars,” including litigation, interstate negotiations, and regulatory matters related to the disputes among Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Her preeminence in the environmental litigation field is recognized by Best Lawyers®.
Shelly routinely defends clients in federal courts against environmental citizen suits and CERCLA cost recovery and contribution actions. In addition, Shelly handles complex regulatory matters arising under the Clean Water Act, RCRA, NEPA, and state law counterparts. She has substantial experience in procuring, amending, and defending water permits, including NPDES, stormwater, and wetlands permits. She also counsels clients on compliance issues and business strategy, including permit compliance, drafting environmental, health and safety document retention policies, and making disclosures under EPA’s Audit Policy.
Shelly is an active community volunteer. She is a past Chair of the Environmental and Toxic Tort Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is a reading mentor and former Executive Board member for Everybody Wins! Atlanta, a literacy and mentoring nonprofit proven to build reading skills and a love of reading in low-income elementary students. She has also represented clients in Juvenile Court through the Truancy Intervention Program. Shelly received her J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law in 2003 where she was selected to the Order of the Coif and served as Managing Editor for the Emory International Law Review.
The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Litigation
Past Chair of the Environmental and Toxic Tort Section of the Atlanta Bar Association
Order of the Coif, member
Counsel to the State of Georgia in what is commonly referred to as the “Water Wars,” including litigation, interstate negotiations, and regulatory matters related to the disputes among Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning operation of federal reservoirs in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint and Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basins.
Counsel to Fortune 100 consumer products company advising on all aspects of water permitting, including NPDES, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers § 404 and Nationwide, and Indirect Discharge permits.
Outside environmental counsel to global leader of heavy construction equipment manufacturer, including successfully defending the company against government enforcement action and assisting in company-wide regulatory compliance.
Outside environmental counsel to one of the largest plastic container companies in the U.S., including defending the company in CERLCA litigation, representing the company in acquisitions, and assisting in company-wide regulatory compliance.
Represented a mining company in defending a claim in the Montana Water Rights court.
Successfully represented an international corporation in an internal investigation and multi-agency enforcement action in connection with the discovery of a vendor’s illicit misappropriation and mishandling of significant quantities of hazardous waste, described by the company as the single most important legal issue it has faced.