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Janet L. McQuaid

Licensed for 27 years

Serving Pittsburgh, PA (view address)

Janet L. McQuaid

Serving Pittsburgh, PA (view address)

About Janet L. McQuaid

Janet McQuaid is senior counsel in the Firm’s Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources groups. She has experience in many environmental programs, particularly water, waste, remediation, and chemical regulation.… Read more

Janet McQuaid is senior counsel in the Firm’s Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources groups. She has experience in many environmental programs, particularly water, waste, remediation, and chemical regulation.

Ms. McQuaid has represented clients in many industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, natural gas transmission, refining, chemicals, electronics, and real estate development. She has defended industry and commercial clients in these and other industries against government enforcement actions before various federal and state environmental regulatory authorities, hearing boards, and courts. Ms. McQuaid helps clients negotiate agreed orders or consent decrees, handles administrative hearings, and participates in litigation in state and federal courts if litigation is necessary to protect the clients’ interests.

Ms. McQuaid has assisted clients in preparing comments on proposed environmental rules and challenged unfavorable regulations in court, including briefing and argument before the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal on behalf of industry trade associations. She is also highly experienced in the environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions, having conducted environmental due diligence and drafted the environmental terms for hundreds of transactions involving industrial facilities and commercial properties.


After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. McQuaid worked for eleven years as a chemical engineer for Exxon, where she worked in the refining, oil and gas exploration and production, and supply logistics departments of the company. Following law school at the University of Texas, Ms. McQuaid practiced law for twenty years in Austin and Houston, Texas, including three years as senior environmental counsel with El Paso Corporation (now part of Kinder Morgan). She came home to Pittsburgh, Pa. in 2011.

Memberships and Affiliations

Ms. McQuaid is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado and Texas, and is a member of their bar associations. She is also admitted to practice before various United States District Courts in Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, and is a member of several federal bar associations. Locally, she is a member of the Washington and Allegheny County bar associations. Ms. McQuaid is a member of the Order of the Coif and alumni association of the Texas Law Review, of which she was Chief Manuscript Editor during law school. She is also Secretary of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Washington County for its 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Ms. McQuaid has been recognized over the years as a highly skilled environmental lawyer and named to the Denver Super Lawyers list for environmental law (2017) and The Best Lawyers in America© in the Environmental Section since 2007.


• Presenter, “Environmental Litigation Trends and Threats, Rocky Mountains and Appalachia,” Institute for Energy Law, Energy Environmental Law Conference, Houston, Texas, May 2018.

• Presenter, “Permitting 101: The Legal Basics,” ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Orlando, Fla., April 2018.

• Author, “Dredge and Fill Permits,” Essentials of Texas Water Resources, Chapter 25, Texas Bar Books 2018.

• Joint Institute for Energy Law and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Special Institute on Water Law for Oil and Gas Development, Houston, Texas, April 2017.

• “Comparison of Canadian and US Environmental Due Diligence Standards,” Environmental Bankers Association, Conference Call, February 2017

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Areas of Law

  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environmental

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Admission Details

Admitted in 2014, West Virginia
2011, Pennsylvania
2007, Colorado
1992, Texas

Law School Attended
The University of Texas

Class of 1992

University Attended

Houston Baptist University
Class of 1989
with high honors

University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1978
magna cum laude, Chemical Engineering

Attorney FAQs

What year was this attorney first admitted to the bar?
Janet L. McQuaid was admitted in 1992 to the State of Texas.
Is this attorney admitted to the bar in more than one state?
Yes, Janet L. McQuaid is admitted to practice in Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.
What law school did this attorney attend?
Janet L. McQuaid attended The University of Texas.
What year was this attorney's law firm established?
Babst Calland was established in 1986.
Is this attorney listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers?
Janet L. McQuaid is listed in the Admiralty/Maritime Law, Bankruptcy Law, Business Law, Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Creditors Rights, Eminent Domain, Employment Benefits Law, Environmental Law, Labor and Employment Law, Land Use Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Municipal and Zoning Law, Product Liability Law, Professional Liability, Real Estate Law, Telecommunications Law and Toxic Torts section of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.


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