Kaki Schmidt focuses on environmental claims under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Recovery, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund).  As a former Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice, Kaki has extensive experience litigating cases under the nation’s major environmental laws, and she is well-connected to many DOJ and EPA current and former lawyers.  Hired under the prestigious and highly competitive Attorney General’s Honors Program, Kaki represented EPA for nearly a decade in numerous complex civil actions arising under federal environmental statutes.  She has negotiated multi-million-dollar consent decrees and litigated cases when settlements were not achievable. Her substantial experience includes litigation for injunctive relief and response costs at large Superfund sites, with particular depth of experience litigating summary judgment motions, including establishing foundational law under CERCLA's “Act of War” defense; negotiating complex, multi-party and multi-media consent decrees, including Supplemental Environmental Projects; and litigating precedential issues under multiple environmental laws related to active refinery operations. With her extensive experience as lead counsel in major environmental cases, combined with her scientific background, Kaki brings a wealth of experience and energy to her environmental practice.

Prior to joining Hunsucker Goodstein, Kaki managed her own law practice as an estate planning attorney.  For a decade, she counseled Colorado families on their estate planning needs, providing guided, focused discussions to understand their objectives and then drafting highly customized documents that executed clients’ specific intentions.  

Kaki hails from the beautiful state of Colorado.  For more than twenty years she has been actively  
engaged in her community on numerous issues that concern her the most: environmental protection, food/nutrition issues, voter protection, and youth sports safety.

Education

1991

Juris Doctor, UC Hastings College of the Law

1987

Bachelor of Arts, UCLA, Geography/Ecosystems with emphasis on Environmental Policy

Honors

1998

Department of Justice:  Attorney General’s Award for Sustained Superior Performance of Duty

1994

Department of Justice:  Attorney General’s Special Achievement Awards for Meritorious Acts or Service on behalf of the Department

1991

Department of Justice Honors Program Attorney