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Joan W. Hartley


  • (T) 803.540.2129
  • (F) 803.727.1471

Joan W. Hartley practices in the environmental and real estate groups.  Joan focuses her practice on environmental litigation, regulatory compliance matters, and business transactions involving environmental issues.

She counsels companies on a variety of federal environmental laws and their state counterparts, including compliance with the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation Recovery Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.  She represents clients in environmental litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative law courts.

Joan earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from USC-Aiken. She worked in the waste management industry before attending the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she received her J.D., cum laude, in 2004.

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 2004
  • University of South Carolina - Aiken, B.A., 1988
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Urban Land Institute
  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Environmental Law
  • Center for Sustainable Leadership Graduate, Urban Land Institute, 2013
  • Recognized by Chambers USA in South Carolina in Environmental Law, 2015-2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental, 2017


Contributor, North Carolina Environmental Law Desk Manual, North Carolina Bar Association, May 2015

Joan authored "EPA Proposes Approval of Amendment to ASTM E1527 Standard" for the October 2013 edition of Environmental News.  The newsletter is a publication of the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. 

In March of 2014, Joan made a presentation to commercial brokers and property managers on Environmental Due Diligence with Tommy Lavender.

Joan Hartley Main 2017