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Jessica K. Rosell

Jessie Rosell concentrates her practice in environmental law, representing clients in negotiating administrative claims with federal and state environmental agencies, advising clients in initiating and maintaining environmental regulatory compliance programs, and assisting in complex environmental and toxic tort litigation in federal and state courts. Jessie advises clients on compliance and permitting under federal environmental laws and regulations, including the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), and the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA).

Jessie’s litigation experience includes complex toxic tort claims, including class actions, contribution claims under CERCLA and state counterparts, and general tort and business claims. Her work on complex environmental litigation includes pretrial discovery and motions practice, playing a key role in securing summary judgments and voluntary dismissals and defeating class certification at the pleadings stage.

Jessie's extensive experience handling highly technical issues in state and federal regulatory matters and in litigation uniquely positions her to advise on emerging contaminants, particularly PFAS issues related to due diligence, regulatory compliance, remediation, and litigation avoidance. Her PFAS experience includes defending multi-thousand-plaintiff mass tort claims, class action litigation seeking remedial action and money damages, and a citizen suit seeking to prevent PFAS use, receipt and discharge to surface water.

Jessie's experience with Superfund site issues includes successor liability, PRP liability allocation, orphan share issues, natural resource damages, cost recovery litigation and negotiations with federal and state governmental agencies. She also regularly assists clients with environmental due diligence on real estate transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Her work includes review of environmental assessments, evaluation of potential environmental liabilities, and availability of landowner liability defenses.

Representative Experience

  • Defended a chemical company against multiple class action lawsuits filed in federal and state courts claiming exposure to chemicals used in fertilizer. Authored successful summary judgment motion in lead state court case and federal class action case, with the remaining claims voluntarily dismissed.

  • Defended a national waste management company in a series of multiple-plaintiff claims under the Price Anderson Act alleging personal injury based on exposure to residual Manhattan Project waste, with claims ultimately dismissed.

  • Researched and drafted issues certified to the South Carolina Supreme Court in an odor nuisance case regarding limits on damages for temporary nuisance and parameters of trespass and nuisance claims under South Carolina law for a national waste management company.

Presentations

  • Speaker, Environmental Liability: Developments in Preemption of State Law, American Law Institute CLE, February 2014
  • Speaker, Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers - Environmental Issues in Real Estate, National Business Institute, June 2013
  • Speaker, Law and Risk Management: Environmental Law and Concerns, Building Owners and Managers Institute International, May 2013
  • Speaker, Environmental Issues and Federal Regulations Affecting Real Estate Transactions, The Missouri Bar, February 2013
  • Speaker, Hot Topics in Environmental Law, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 2012

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Illinois Issues One of the Lowest Health Advisory Guidance Levels in the Nation," Illinois State Bar Association Environmental Law Newsletter, March 2021

Professional Affiliations

  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Young Lawyers Section, Board of Directors, 2011-2012

Community Involvement

  • Music Theatre Wichita, Board of Directors, 2019- 2021
  • Citizens of the World Charter Schools, Community Advocates Committee, 2014-2016
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Assistant

Donna Tanking
816.460.5751

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Education

Washington University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008

Trinity University, B.A., Political Science & Spanish, magna cum laude, 2005

Languages

Spanish