Nikki Adame Winningham Counsel

New Jersey
T 973.597.2534 | F 973.597.2535

Nikki brings years of hands-on experience to her work in environmental litigation, regulatory compliance, and transactional support related to air, water, waste, and site remediation issues. Aided by her undergraduate- and graduate-level training in environmental engineering, she has a keen understanding of the complex technical and regulatory requirements that shape the field of environmental compliance. Clients also value Nikki’s effective communication with regulators, a skill she acquired while working for state and federal environmental regulatory agencies.

Nikki advises a diverse roster of clients, from global corporations and private real estate entities to family-owned businesses. She handles an array of environmental issues that arise from corporate and real estate transactions, as well as federal and state regulatory issues applicable to operating businesses, which include appropriate handling of asbestos, PCBs, and other hazardous substances.

Prior to joining the firm, Nikki practiced in Texas, where she focused on environmental permitting and enforcement matters, administrative litigation, and appeals.

Representative Engagements

Regulatory and Transactional
  • Represents industrial and commercial clients conducting site remediation under CERCLA or NJ ISRA, including the acquisition of real property, coordination with environmental consultants and regulators, and negotiation of access and easement agreements.
  • Represents and counsels industrial clients regarding compliance with RCRA and Clean Air Act construction and operating permits, including corrective actions and revising the permits.
  • Represents national and international clients on environmental due diligence issues relating to the acquisition of real property throughout the United States, including drafting environmental provisions related to liability for state and federal environmental, endangered species, and historic preservation obligations, and implementing engineering and institutional controls.
  • Counsels clients regarding sustainability disclosures (e.g., conflict minerals) in SEC filings.
Environmental Litigation
    • Represents industrial clients in class action toxic tort suits alleging property damage and injury from groundwater plumes and vapor intrusion in state and federal courts.
    • Represents national and international corporations in CERCLA Superfund administrative and litigation proceedings involving multiple responsible parties alleged to have contaminated large river systems and upland sites. These matters also involve natural resource damages.
    • Represents creditor committees of debtors with environmental obligations and liabilities.
    • Represents global corporations and private real estate entities involved in contribution and cost recovery suits under CERCLA and the NJ Spill Act.


EPA’s Recommendations to Jump-Start Superfund
Environmental Law & Litigation Client Alert, August 28, 2017
Richard Ricci, Nikki Adame Winningham
CERCLA Arranger-Liability Exception Expanded
Environmental Law & Litigation Client Alert, April 13, 2017
Richard Ricci, Nikki Adame Winningham
Conflict Minerals Rule Disclosures Update: D.C. Circuit Maintains Status Quo
Corporate Finance & Securities Client Alert, September 21, 2015
Richard Ricci, Laura Kuntz, Nikki Adame Winningham, Kate Basmagian
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Related Areas

Environmental Law & Litigation
Real Estate


Tulane University Law School ( J.D. , 2004 ) , cum laude
Cornell University ( M.E. , 2000 )
Cornell University ( B.S. , 1999 )

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions

2014 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


  • New York State Bar Association
    • Committee on Women in the Law
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Latina Commission