Geri Edens focuses her practice on administrative law and litigation, with an emphasis on environmental, healthcare, and food and drug law. She counsels clients on environmental litigation, enforcement, and compliance matters, particularly on environmental and natural resource law. Based on her background in healthcare, life sciences, and statistics, she navigates the intersection of science and law on behalf of her clients by guiding them through litigation, federal processes, and governmental regulations as efficiently as possible.
Geri also assists clients in navigating federal approvals for biotechnology products under the Coordinated Framework and counsels clients on US Food and Drug Administration and US Department of Agriculture approvals for products directly or indirectly added to food and feed.
Counsel for a proposed 800 megawatt offshore wind project in the Atlantic Ocean, advising on all aspects of federal permitting and approvals, including Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) review processes
Counsel in three cases challenging the agency application of guidance as an interpretative rule, obtaining preliminary and permanent injunctive relief enjoining the agency from recouping millions of dollars from children’s hospitals. Texas Children’s Hospital v. Burwell; Children’s Health Care v. Hargan; Children’s Hospital of TheKing’s Daughters v. Price
Counsel for multiple children’s hospitals challenging the final rule codifying guidance that denies children’s hospitals millions of dollars in supplemental Medicaid funds
Counsel for Cape Wind LLC in four consolidated cases that challenged the approval of an offshore wind energy project successfully defeating more than 30 alleged claims. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Beaudreau
Obtained nonregulatory status for a genetically engineered strain of grass and defended the adequacy of agency NEPA compliance for field trials
Defended the adequacy of the environmental assessment prepared by the US Army Corps of Engineers for a major Florida economic development project
Counseled on NEPA litigation risks associated with a major offshore oil project to be located in the Beaufort Sea and developed a comprehensive approach for working with the government to minimize those risks
Defended the adequacy of the environmental impact statement for a major interstate pipeline right-of-way approval.
Developed detailed litigation defense strategies for Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Clean Water Act Section 404 wetlands permitting for oil development and production off the North Slope of Alaska
Defended a company against natural resource damage claims brought in New Jersey, favorably resolving all claims for the client
University of Miami School of Law, 1991, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
University of Florida, 1983, Ph.D.
University of Miami, 1973, B.S.
University of Miami, 1981, M.S.
District of Columbia
US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the District of Maryland
US District Court for the Northern District of New York
Awards and Affiliations
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2019)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, Florida Bar Association
Former city councilwoman, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Former board member, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments