Randy Tinsley practices in the fields of environmental law, water rights, mining, and water and sewer utilities. Randy is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Natural Resources and Environmental Law.
Randy provides businesses, local governments, and individuals with legal advice and strong advocacy, informed by scientific and technical expertise. He handles matters involving water quality, water rights, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) preparation, state and federal wetlands permitting, mining, reservoir construction, endangered species, essential fish habitat impacts, public trust and coastal permitting issues, groundwater contamination, underground storage tanks, pretreatment, hazardous waste, Superfund, administrative litigation, appellate advocacy, and stakeholder representation in rulemaking.
Honors & Awards
Professional & Community Activities
- Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation (2005-2016); Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" for Environmental Litigation (2015)
- Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law (2008-2016)
- Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Environmental Law (2007, 2014)
- Member, NCBA Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section
- Member, ABA Environment, Energy and Resources Section
- Member, ABA State and Local Government Section
- Member, NCBA Government & Public Sector Section
Member, NCBA and ABA Administrative Law Sections
- Member, ABA Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Section
- Member, America Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation
- Graduate, Triad Leadership Network
- Co-Chair, Town of Summerfield Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee
- Local Governments: Don't Believe Everything You're Told About FERC or Surface Water Rights. Presented at Water Resources Research Institute Annual Conference.
- Surface Water Rights in North Carolina. Presented at NCBA Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section Annual Meeting.
- Current Litigation and Regulatory Issues Involving the Endangered Species Act. Presented at NCBA Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section Symposium on Endangered Species.
PCS Phosphate Company mine permitting — Application for and defense of permit (including threatened EPA veto and administrative litigation).
Major mining operation.
City of Salisbury; Yadkin Project FERC relicensing — Representation of City of Salisbury. Support of FERC hydropower license conditions requiring mitigation of flood hazards caused by hydro project''s sediment delta. Flood hazards include increased frequency of flooding of water supply infrastructure and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC v. Town of Mooresville (W.D. N.C.) — Represent Town of Mooresville. Defense of municipal water rights and ownership of submerged lands located within FERC boundary.
PTRF v. NCDENR and Martin Marietta Materials — Defense of NPDES permit for new aggregate mining operation.