Julia A. Hatcher

  • Partner
  • Ejulia.hatcher@lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.2200


Julia Hatcher helps clients navigate laws that control chemicals and products at every life cycle stage, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Superfund law (CERCLA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, federal transportation statutes, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and related state laws, as well as the intersection of these laws with toxic tort liability. Her chemicals knowledge also extends to consumer products-related requirements for labeling, reporting, “green” and “health” claims, and recalls administered by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and state counterpart agencies.

Ms. Hatcher’s experience includes international chemical control requirements, such as the European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); the Stockholm Convention; and the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP). 

Ms. Hatcher helps client navigate multiple federal agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), and the Department of Transportation (DOT); agency sub-units, including the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and state counterpart agencies. 

She assists clients addressing a wide array of chemicals and products regulatory requirements, such as to obtain new chemical and product approvals; to comply with requirements governing emissions, disposal, and claims pertaining to chemical content, hazards, health benefits, and “green” attributes; to determine whether and when reporting has been triggered as to a “defect”, “substantial hazard,” or “substantial risk”; and to perform specialized due diligence for transactions involving chemicals and products manufacturers.

Ms. Hatcher’s practice also includes strategic legal risk management and product defense. She helps clients with reference not only to current legal requirements, but also to emerging areas, such as the measurement of chemicals in the body, nanotechnology, and climate change. In this aspect of her practice, Ms. Hatcher works with clients to anticipate potential future business-threatening regulatory requirements and activist tactics and assists them to manage these challenges through various measures, such as, for example, product substitution and product defense based on marshalling data to show absence of risk, the criticality of the product due to the lack of substitutes, and/or the environmental and societal benefits of the product. 

Ms. Hatcher also relies on her experience to recognize the potential for litigation liability that can stem from regulatory approvals, compliance decisions/actions, product substitution, and product defense, and to assist in managing these legal risks.

Ms. Hatcher has particular experience in the chemical, automotive, semiconductor, electronics, and personal care products industries. She also has deep knowledge of various “emerging contaminant” chemistries, including in particular, per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemistries, such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Hatcher served as a law clerk intern for Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Thought Leadership

  • EPA to Cease Issuing CBI Notices of Deficiency Under TSCA -  August 08, 2019
  • Chemicals Legislation Faces New Reforms in the UK, Europe and US post Brexit  -  July 03, 2016
  • After Years of Failure, The Toxic Substances Law is Finally Amended -  June 08, 2016
  • State Regs. Could Slip Through Holes In Fed. Microbead Ban -  January 19, 2016
  • Microbeads Banned in Cosmetics and Toothpaste -  December 23, 2015
  • The Supreme Court Strikes Down the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards -  July 01, 2015
  • EPA Nanoscale Rules Lay Out The Long Road Ahead -  April 30, 2015
  • No Small Issue: EPA’s Proposed Rule for Nanoscale Material Reporting  -  April 7, 2015
  • EPA Proposes Unprecedented Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program  -  June 6, 2014
  • The Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule  -  May 02, 2014
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Update: Legal Developments and Trends - Q&A -  April 7, 2014
  • President Obama Directs EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions Under Clean Air Act -  July 01, 2013
  • US EPA Mandates Nationwide Greenhouse Gas Reporting Beginning January 1, 2010 -  October 13, 2009
  • REACH Candidate List of Priority Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Now Available for Comment: Are You Ready for SVHC-related Regulatory Milestones and Potential Value Chain Impacts? -  July 24, 2008
  • New EPA Interpretation Puts Ceramic, Glass, Frit, Alloy and Cement Products at Legal and Business Risk -  June 11, 2008
  • Recent Legal and Political Challenges may have Significant Impacts on Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Compliance Obligations -  January 10, 2008
  • REACH: Are you Ready? -  January 2008
  • A Surge of Product Recalls and Investigations Serves to Remind Companies of the Need to Comply with Product Safety Rules Relating to Lead and Their Reporting Obligations -  November 2, 2007
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1987
  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, 1982
  • Cleantech
  • Semiconductors
  • Automotive
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Industrials & Manufacturing
  • French
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions
  • Environmental Litigation