Katherine  Ghilain Trudell

Katherine Ghilain Trudell


Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C.

Katie is a Principal at Sive, Paget & Riesel in New York City. Katie’s practice focuses on environmental review and permitting, environmental litigation, renewable energy development, and regulatory compliance counseling. She guides public entities and private clients through environmental review and permitting processes for waterfront developments and other complex projects. She works to minimize litigation risk and defends against challenges that arise under federal and state laws, including under the National Environmental Policy Act and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. Katie’s renewable energy work is focused on offshore wind; she advised NYSERDA on the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and on several other offshore wind initiatives, and she is representing Equinor Wind US in the permitting and development of its Empire Wind 1, Empire Wind 2, and Beacon Wind projects.

Katie maintains an active pro bono practice focused on the international natural resources trade, biodiversity, and resiliency. In addition to representing environmental organizations that address these issues, Katie submitted statements for the record in two congressional hearings regarding the Lacey Act, the United States’ oldest wildlife conservation law. She also helped develop and present training workshops in Africa to improve the implementation and enforcement of wildlife trafficking and poaching laws.

Prior to joining SPR in 2015, Katie worked in the environmental and general litigation groups of an international law firm, where her practice focused on complex product liability litigation, regulatory compliance, and environmental litigation. During law school, Katie participated in the Natural Resources Defense Council clinical program, was a Notes Editor of the New York University Environmental Law Journal, and was Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Society. Katie earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College, graduating with general and departmental honors.