Laura Benz

Laura Benz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Environmental Attorney in Newnan, GA

Benz Law Group, LLC
 | 19 W Broad St, Newnan, GA 30263
Phone: 404-437-7789
Fax: 770-437-7789
Email: Laura Benz
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Environmental (50%),
  • Energy & Natural Resources (40%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Laura W. Benz is the founding Principal of Benz Law Group, LLC. Ms. Benz’s practice emphasizes counseling public and private clients with environmental issues under the Clean Water Act, state stream buffer regulations, zoning/land use, local government and development matters. She further advises clients and drafts documentation to address regulatory matters with GA EPD and EPA pertaining to water and hazardous waste. 

    About Laura Benz

    Admitted: 2003, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: http://www.lwbenz.com/about-us.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Alumni Board of Directors, Furman University (2013-2019)
    • Class of 2017 - Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership , Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership , 2017
    • Leadership Coweta - Class of 2016
    • Georgia Rising Stars, Super Lawyer, 2016
    • Leadership Georgia , class of 2013, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 2013
    • Fellow of American Bar Foundation

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State of Georgia Bar, Environmental Section, Executive Board - Member at Large
    • Leadership Georgia - Fanning Fellow 
    • Georgia Association of Water Professionals - Member; Secretary of Intergrated Master Planning Committee
    • Georgia Child Care Association Advisory Board, 2015
    • Atlanta Bar Association – Executive Board - Environmental & Toxic Tort Section , 2014
    • Georgia Association of Environmental Professionals, 2015
    • Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce
    • Association of Women Environmental Professionals – Member 
    • Business Women of Fayette Coweta - Member 
    • Atlanta Bar Association –Chair Elect Environmental & Toxic Tort Section, 2011
    • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Resources Section - Member, 2015
    • Flint Basin Advisory Council , 2015
    • Georgia Environmental Restoration Association - Member 
    • Chair Environmental & Toxic Tort Section -  Atlanta Bar     , 2012
    • Atlanta Bar Association –Executive Board - Young Lawyers Division Committee - Member at Large (2011-2013)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Flint River Basin Advisory Council
    • National League of Junior Cotillions, Coweta County, Advisory Board, 2021
    • 100 Woman Coweta , 2019
    • Coweta County Foundation - Executive Board (2017-2023), 2017
    • Rotary Club, Newnan
    • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Coweta County, 2016
    • Junior League of Atlanta, Sustainer 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Wetlands Permitting and Mitigation for Large Projects: Successfully Permitting a Water Supply Reservoir – New Reservoirs, New Alternatives, Protected Species, and Alternatives Analysis”, 10th Annual Wetlands and Water Law in the Southeast, February 16-17, 2011, Atlanta, GA., Speaker , Wetlands Permitting and Mitigation for Large Projects: Successfully Permitting a Water Supply Reservoir – New Reservoirs, New Alternatives, Protected Species, and Alternatives Analysis, 10th Annual Wetlands and Water Law in the Southeast, Legal, 2011
    • A discussion of the processes, challenges and strategies to obtain water withdrawal permits from EPD, specifically the challenges faced by the Middle Chattahoochee Regional Water and Sewer Authority.  , Presenter, A long time coming: Middle Chattahoochee Regional WSA , Environment and Water Resources Institute , Engineering, Legal And Environmental Consultants, 2021
    • “The Section 404 Wetlands Permitting Process”, Environmental Law Section, Georgia Water Law Seminar, Crown Plaza Hotel, July 29-30, 2010, Hilton Head, SC., Speaker , “The Section 404 Wetlands Permitting Process”, Environmental Law Section, Georgia Water Law, 2010
    • Water Wise, volume 14, Summer, 404 Permitting and the Clean Water Act, 2015
    • Update on permitting reservoirs and associated challenges , Reservoirs - To Be or Not to Be. Updates on Law, Regulation and Financing, 5th Annual Georgia Water Law & Regulation, Atlanta, GA.
    • "Update to Wetland Rules & Permitting", Environmental Law Section, Georgia Bar Summer Seminar, King & Prince Resort, July 29-30, 2016, St. Simons, GA, Invited Speaker , Update to Wetland Rules & Permitting, Environmental Law Section, Georgia Bar Summer Seminar, 2016
    • “Reservoir Permitting in Georgia – Caution Ahead: Reservoir Roadblocks and Detours”, 14th Annual Georgia Water Law & Regulation, February 27, 2015, Atlanta, GA., Invited speaker, Reservoir Permitting in Georgia – Caution Ahead: Reservoir Roadblocks and Detours, 14th Annual Georgia Water Law & Regulation, 2015
    • “Reservoir Permitting in Georgia”, 13th Annual Georgia Water Law & Regulation, March 19, 2014, Atlanta, GA., Reservoir Permitting in Georgia, 13th Annual Georgia Water Law & Regulation, 2014
    • “Endangered Species and 404 Permitting”, Endangered Species Act Law Seminar, March 14, 2013, Atlanta, GA., Speaker , Endangered Species and 404 Permitting, Endangered Species Act Law Seminar, 2013
    • “Relationship between Lawyer, Client and Environmental Consultant”, Environmental & Toxic Tort Section, Atlanta Bar, March 8, 2013, Atlanta, GA, Speaker , Relationship between Lawyer, Client and Environmental Consultant, Environmental & Toxic Tort Section, Atlanta Bar , 2013
    • “Putting it All Together – Permitting Strategies: A Panel Discussion”, 12th Annual Wetlands and Water Law in the Southeast, February 27-28, 2013, Atlanta, GA, Speaker , Putting it All Together – Permitting Strategies: A Panel Discussion, 12th Annual Wetlands and Water Law, 2013
    • “Recent Developments in 404 Permitting”, Environmental Law Section, Georgia Bar, Summer Seminar, King and Prince Resort, August 5-6, 2011, St. Simons, GA., Speaker , Recent Developments in 404 Permitting, Environmental Law Section, Georgia Bar, 2011

    Transactions:

    • Obtained withdrawal permit from the Chattahoochee River below Atlanta for the Middle Chattahoochee WSA.  This was the first direct withdrawal permit from this section of the River over the past twenty years. , 2020
    • Obtained local and state authorization for recycling facility and transfer station , 2017
    • Served as special counsel and advised Authority in environmental factors with the sale of a jail., 2019
    • Represent local government client in pursuit of large economic and recreational lake in Tennessee, 2018
    • Represented client in resolution of the largest violation of the Metropolitan River Corridor Protection Act and other zoning matters in Johns Creek, 2019
    • Negotiated the purchase of compensatory mitigation credits for a 404 permit to expand an existing reservoir, saving the client millions of what was originally offered and making the project financially feasible. , 2021
    • Obtained 404 permit for the construction of the Parks Creek water supply project - City of Jefferson, 2014
    • Handled a Cherokee Indian Repatriation on behalf of the City of Canton
    • Obtained all necessary state and federal permits for the 410-acre Lake McIntosh Water Supply Reservoir - Fayette County, 2008
    • Obtained the Hickory Log Creek Water Supply Reservoir 404 permit  - City of Canton & Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority
    • Obtained 404 permit for 960-acre Tired Creek Fishing Lake - the first non-DNR fishing lake permitted in the State of Georgia , 2010
    • Obtained the 404 permit for the Hard Labor Creek Water Supply Reservoir - Walton County Water & Sewerage Authority, 2004

    Representative Clients:

    • Obtained the necessary federal and state permits for the Cherokee C&D landfill expansion for WastePro
    • Serve as project manager for the required state and federal permits for the Bear Creek Water Supply Project, South Fulton Municipal Regional Water & Sewer Authority
    • Represented Florida Rock in Quarry assessment and expansions, obtained necessary permits

    Educational Background:

    • Columbia University - Biosphere, 1999
    • Furman University - Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, 2000
    • Furman University, Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science, 2000
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    Office Location for Laura Benz

    19 W Broad St
    Newnan, GA 30263

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    Last Updated: 6/18/2021

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