About the Authors
Judson W. Starr has been a partner in the Washington, D.C., oces of Venable
LLP since 1988. From 1982 to 1988, he was the rst Director and then Chief of
the Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and
Natural Resources Division. He has served as co-chair of various subcommittees
on environmental crimes in the American Bar Association, and as a member of the
Environmental Crimes Advisory Group, U.S. Sentencing Commission. For the
past 17 years, he served as co-chair of the A LI-CLE (formally ALI-ABA) Crimi-
nal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference. A frequent panelist and
author on environmental enforcement issues, he wa s named by the National Law
Journal and Chambers as one of the nation’s leading white-colla r-crime expert s.
He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2003–2013 a nd was named
the DC Environmental Lawyer of the Year for 2011. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Medstar
Georgetown University Hospital, the co-chair of the Georgetown Law School’s Corporate Counsel Insti-
tute’s Advisory Board and a board member for Somerset Prep DC Cha rter School. He is a graduate of
Washington and Jeerson College and Georgetown University Law Center.
Amy J. McMaster is a partner in the Environmental practice group in Venable
LLP’s Washington, D.C., oce. She has specialized in environmental criminal
defense for over 10 years. Ms. McMaster is presently handling a criminal case
related to wetlands impacted during a land development project, and recently
worked on matters for a leading manufact urer of farm equipment and a major oil
renery. She also has extensive experience in civil enforcement, and focuses on
providing clients with a holistic solution to their NEPA, NHPA and CWA issues.
Ms. McMaster has authored several articles on wet lands and endangered species
issues. She graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria and the Col-
lege of William & Ma ry School of Law, where she was a member of Order of the
Coif and an editor of the William & Mary Law Review.
John F. Cooney is a partner in t he Washington, D.C., oce of Venable LLP. He
counsels clients on a broad range of regulatory issues involving federal agencies and
has an active litigation practice in federal district courts, courts of appeals, and the
Supreme Court. Mr. Cooney has had extensive experience in civil a nd criminal
matters involving environmental problems, including obtaining an injunction in
federal district court against the federal government’s imposition of a moratorium
on further deepwater drilling after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Mr. Cooney
previously served as Deputy General C ounsel of the Oce of Management &
Budget, where he represented the Oce of Information and Regulatory A airs
in its review of rules submitted for White House policy review, and served as an
Assistant to the Solicitor General. Mr. Cooney graduated magna cum laude from
Brown University and from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of Order of the
Coif and an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.