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Brittany Barrientos

ASSOCIATE, STINSON LEONARD STREET, KANSAS CITY

Barrientos, Brittany

Practice areas: Environmental law

Law School: University of Missouri-Columbia

 

Originally, Brittany Barrientos wanted to be a journalist – until she discovered she liked the investigating and the writing better than she liked working for a newspaper.

Thus Barrientos was on her way to a career in the law. Starting out at Newman, Comley & Ruth in 2009, Barrientos brought her creative problem-solving abilities to the environmental and energy division of Stinson Leonard Street five years ago. Today, she has distinguished herself in everything from defending clients in enforcement and permitting actions to advising them on rulemaking and regulatory matters.

Employing her knowledge of environmental matters, Barrientos has even worked on teams to appeal federal rulemaking to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But between dealing with Clean Water Act provisions and Superfund cost-recovery issues, Barrientos is also active in her community. Named as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year in 2013 after raising $42,000 for the Mid-America Chapter, she was also tapped by management at her firm as co-chair of a United Way campaign helping to bring in $150,000 for the Greater Kansas City branch.

She’s also been heavily involved in pro bono efforts internationally on policy issues with Advocates for Human Rights and locally running a beneficiary deed clinic for the Marlborough Neighborhood.

Other volunteer activities include Operation Breakthrough, Harvesters and the Brookside Mothers’ Association.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

On a professional level, this year I worked on a team that obtained an order from the Environmental Protection Agency to extend a compliance deadline. Only five orders were granted nationwide. The extension allowed our client time to install significant air pollution control equipment without the threat of non-compliance with a national rule. It also helped the local community because it avoided a 19-percent electric bill increase.