Barbara D. Little

Phone: (304) 340-1355 | Fax: (304) 340-1130 | Email:
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Barbara D. Little is Of Counsel in the Environmental Practice Group of Jackson Kelly. She has experience in a variety of areas of environmental law having represented industry both as in-house and outside counsel since 1975. Ms. Little has extensive knowledge in permitting and enforcement based on the federal Clean Air Act-Prevention of Significant Deterioration and New Source Review, New Source Performance Standards, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and National Ambient Air Quality Standards - as well as the counterparts of these laws in several states.  Ms. Little represents a variety of companies in NPDES permitting and enforcement, spill reporting and remediation and Corps of Engineers §404 permitting for wetlands. As former in-house counsel to a major waste company, Ms. Little is well-versed in all aspects of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and state solid and hazardous waste management laws. She has also represented clients in matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Clients include major corporations in a variety of industries-chemical, petroleum, energy, metals, energy and coal.

Ms. Little is a member of the Section on Natural Resources and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association and the Air and Waste Management Association and has authored numerous articles on various aspects of environmental law. She is admitted to practice in West Virginia and Texas, as well as the D.C. Circuit and the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Ms. Little has been continuously named to Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America® since 1995.

Prior to joining Jackson Kelly in 1985, Ms. Little first taught environmental law at the University of Houston, served as in-house environmental counsel to Shell Oil, then as VP of environmental affairs and senior counsel to Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. (now Republic Services/ Allied Waste). Ms. Little received her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.


Legal Experience
1985 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1981 - 1985 Browning-Ferris Ind., Inc. (Houston, TX) CECOS Internat'l Inc. (Buffalo, NY), Sr. Env. Counsel Vice Pres., Environmental Affairs
1977 - 1981Shell Oil Co. (Houston, TX), Chief Environmental Attorney
1975 - 1977Adjunct Professor of Law, College of Law University of Houston
1975 Special Administrative Assistant to Congressman Barbara Jordan
1972 - 1975 Clinton & Richards, Attorneys at Law (Austin, TX), Law Clerk
1975J.D.University of Texas at Austin School of Law
1971B.A.University of Texas at Austin (Classics/English Literature)
Bar Admissions
1985West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Texas State Bar

  • Leadership West Virginia
  • National Institute for Chemical Studies
  • National Right to Life
  • West Virginians for Life
  • Lifeline
  • Patchwork
  • Union Mission

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Speaker, "Spill Response and Enforcement," RMMLF/IEL Water Acquisition and Management for Oil & Gas Development: Legal and Regulatory Requirements Conference, Houston, Texas, April 8, 2016
  • Marshall University, College of Graduate Studies
  • University of Charleston College of Graduate Studies
  • American Bar Association, Natural Resources Section
  • Executive Enterprises Environmental Law Series
  • Government Institutes
  • Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
  • West Virginia University Law School
  • National Institute for Chemical Studies

Writings and Publications:
  • West Virginia Environmental Law Handbook, Government Institution 1990 and 2000 Editions
  • Toxic Torts, Litigation of Hazardous Substances Cases
  • "Unique Hazardous Waste Issues in the Occupational Setting"
  • Administrative Proceedings - Information Gathering and Enforcement
  • Overview of the Superfund Program
  • Section 402 NPDES and the Consolidated Permit Program
  • Effluent Limitations and Water Quality Standards
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act from an Industrial Viewpoint
  • Numerous other articles and speeches for bar associations, chemical engineers and environmental professionals on the subject of environmental law

Awards and Honors:
  • Named in the 2017 Best Lawyers®  Business Edition "Women in Law" 
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law, 1995-2018
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Petroleum Institute, Special Award
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