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honors + affiliations

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Former Chairperson, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board

Former Director, Department of Environmental Resources, Bureau of Regulatory Counsel

Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Member, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Member, Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Former Chairperson, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section

Co-Editor, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section Newsletter

1995 Recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section's annual award for contributions to the profession of environmental law Master emeritus of the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation – Environmental (2015)

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2011)

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2003–2014)

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  • Pennsylvania
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Maxine M. Woelfling
Of Counsel

17 N. Second St., 14th Fl.
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1601
United States of America
Phone: +1.717.237.5065
Fax: +1.717.237.5001

Maxine M. Woelfling is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Ms. Woelfling focuses her practice in the area of environmental law. Her practice involves regulatory counseling, litigation of permitting and enforcement issues before state and federal administrative and judicial tribunals, and environmental issues in business and financial transactions. It encompasses a broad range of environmental subjects, including air quality, environmental planning, water allocations, solid and hazardous waste, water quality, underground storage tanks, surface and deep mining, environmental remediation and drinking water quality. She has been extensively involved in counseling clients regarding the remediation and reuse of former brownfields and other contaminated properties under Pennsylvania’s innovative Land Recycling Act.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Woelfling served as chairperson of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. In that capacity, she heard appeals from actions of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, writing numerous opinions and adjudications involving every facet of Pennsylvania environmental and administrative law and related federal environmental law.

Prior to her appointment to the Environmental Hearing Board, she served as director of the Bureau of Regulatory Counsel in the Department of Environmental Resources, where she was responsible for supervising the development and implementation of regulatory initiatives by the Department, including NPDES delegation, triennial revisions to Pennsylvania’s water quality standards, RCRA primacy, federal surface mining primacy, Safe Drinking Water Act delegation, and the remining of abandoned surface mining sites. 

An active lecturer on environmental and administrative law, Ms. Woelfling has conducted continuing legal education seminars for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has made presentations before the Pennsylvania Bar Association, local bar associations, and public interest and trade groups.

Ms. Woelfling is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, 1974, J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1971, B.S.