Randy Tinsley is a strong advocate and environmental problem solver for a wide range of clients. He applies his scientific, technical, and legal expertise and common sense to better assist businesses, local governments, and others overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
Randy provides business and industry, local governments, family farms, and individuals with legal advice and strong advocacy in matters involving: water quality, erosion control, wastewater permitting, pretreatment, water rights, EIS preparation, state and federal wetlands permitting, mining, reservoir construction, endangered species, essential fish habitat impacts, Coastal Area Management Act permitting, groundwater contamination, underground storage tanks, hazardous waste, Superfund, administrative litigation, appellate advocacy, and stakeholder representation in rulemaking.
Additionally, Randy works with clients to obtain all types of environmental permits and authorizations, and has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.
His experience includes:
- Permitting and litigation in support of a phosphate mining and processing operation.
- Negotiated a Clean Water Act administrative agreement with EPA that prevented the debarment of an agribusiness company.
- Led the establishment of an environmental management system for an industrial client’s facilities in four states.
- Obtained environmental permits for municipal, industrial, commercial, and agricultural clients, most often for projects that are complex and controversial.
- Successfully defended a variety of permittees in third-party challenges of their 404 permits, 401 water quality certifications, NPDES permits and other environmental permits.
- Permitting of the City of Wilson's Buckhorn Reservoir project, including 404 permitting and reversal of a Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act jeopardy opinion.
- Expansion of a town's water intake facilities in the Catawba River basin, including regulatory approvals and successful rejection of reservoir owners' demands for withdrawal caps and other forms of control.
- Avoided costs of a planned Interbasin Transfer (IBT) certificate process for a city by obtaining an administrative interpretation based on locations of withdrawals and discharges.
- Successfully defended a city's right to withdraw water from Yadkin River without paying fees to or accepting other controls by reservoir owner.
- Expedited permitting of a city's new pumping station and raw water line during drought emergency.
Randy advises businesses and local governments on a wide range of water law issues, including water quality, wastewater permitting, water rights, and Clean Water Act compliance.
Randy works with local governments on complex legal issues related to their water supply and wastewater collection and treatment systems. His experience includes helping clients comply with wastewater permits and Safe Water Drinking Act requirements, resolving water rights disputes for local governments, and consolidating water and sewer systems.
Randy advises PCS Phosphate and other mining entities on a variety of environmental compliance and permitting issues.
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation (2005-2017); ranked as Greensboro Litigation—Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2017)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law (2008-2016)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Environmental Law (2007, 2014)
Member, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 1987-present (past Council member and committee chairman)
Member, Government & Public Sector Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2003-present (past Council member and committee chairman)
Member, Environment, Energy and Resources Section, American Bar Association, 1999-present
Member, Administrative Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 1987-present
Member, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, American Bar Association, 1999-present
Member, Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Section, American Bar Association, 1999-present
Member, America Water Works Association, 1996-present
Member, American Water Resources Association, 2009-present
Member, American Fisheries Society (past committee chairman), 1979-present
Graduate, Triad Leadership Network, 1995
Co-Chairman, Town of Summerfield Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, 2007-2010
Sunday School Teacher, Christ Church Greensboro
Co-author, North Carolina Environmental Law Desk Manual (NCBA 2015)
The best thing about Brooks Pierce is the intensity with which we pursue excellent service and excellent results for our clients. The next best thing is that we manage to pull that off in a collegial atmosphere. When a client’s needs call for a team of lawyers, we assemble a team to match the need. We have a lot of expertise here. Professional excellence is a major focus for me. But, I hope and pray that my own personal legacy is built mainly in my home with my family.