Ms. Wright is co-chair of the firm's Energy Practice and a member of the Environmental Law Practice, where she focuses on regulatory matters and litigation arising from the construction and operation of natural gas, crude oil, refined products and gas liquids pipelines and the transportation and storage of hazardous materials in North America. She advises clients on complex federal and state laws, agency regulations and industry standards including the Pipeline Safety Act, Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation law, Occupational Safety and Health Act, (OSHA) Toxic Substances Control Act, (TSCA), the PCB Mega Rule, LP Gas Code and NFPA Standards.
She represents clients in compliance, enforcement and permitting matters include those under the authority of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation & Enforcement (BOEMRE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), United States Coast Guard, (USCG), State and Local LP Gas Agencies, the Texas Railroad Commission, and Transport Canada. Her experience includes drafting comments to proposed rules impacting the industry and analysis of legislative initiatives.
Ms. Wright defends energy clients in litigation resulting from rupture, leak, fire and explosion in state and federal courts. She has handled litigation in California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin.
"Rising Star," Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers (2012 and 2013).
Charlene B. Wright, Pipeline Safety and the Integrity of Water Crossings, Law360 Expert Analysis, June 2012.
Charlene B. Wright, Not just paperwork - Know how to handle regulatory citations, the implications for litigation, LPGas Magazine, March 2010.
Speaker, "Pipeline Safety Regulation," September 17-18, 2012 (Houston, Texas).
Speaker, "Taking Depositions of Difficult Witnesses and Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel," The Missouri Bar, August 24, 2012.
Speaker, "Audit Survival Guide, Common Ground Alliance Annual Safety Conference," March 6, 2012.
Speaker, "Deposing the Difficult Witness and Handling Opposing Counsel Antics," Missouri Bar CLE, August 26, 2011.
Moderator, Annual Energy Symposium, 2009-2010.
Faculty, Advanced Trial College, The Missouri Bar, 2008-2010.
Speaker, "Preparing for Your First Civil Trial," The Missouri Bar, 2010.
Speaker, "Regulatory Citations and Implications for Litigation," Propane Gas Defense Association, October 1, 2009.
Speaker, "Taking and Defending Effective Depositions," UMKC School of Law CLE Program, 2009, 2011.
Speaker, "Hancock Challenges," Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, July 17, 2009.
Propane Gas Defense Association
Adjunct Professor, UMKC School of Law
Ms. Wright is admitted to practice before the state courts of Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, Eastern District of Wisconsin and Western District of Missouri.
2004 J.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City
2001 M.P.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City
1982 B.A., University of Connecticut