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As an associate attorney with BrownWinick, I work primarily in the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice Group. I have experience tackling complex environmental and regulatory challenges across multiple industries, including electric power, natural gas distribution, manufacturing, and refining, with a focus on regulatory advocacy, compliance counseling, and litigation. I frequently advise clients on various air, water, and waste issues and help clients navigate the complexities of changing state and federal laws. I also have worked on high stakes litigation matters such as class action lawsuits and appellate challenges to environmental regulations. 

My Approach

When facing complex challenges, it is crucial to understand the whole picture. I seek to understand all aspects of your business, your goals, and the challenges you’re facing. I enjoy delving into the technical aspects of a matter and drawing upon my background in environmental science to better understand your concerns, find the right solution for you or your company, and ensure that you receive practical, actionable, and tailored advice. 

More About Me

I was born and raised in Des Moines, but, after growing very tired of Iowa winters, I headed south to Florida for college. I graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Economics in 2016. After undergrad, I slowly began my journey back north. I received my J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law in 2020, where I was the editor-in-chief of the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum. I was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 2021 and practiced law at a large, international law firm in Washington, D.C. for three years before returning to my hometown. 

My Specialties

  • Environmental law (air, water, waste) 
  • Energy Law 
  • Renewable Energy Law (wind, solar, renewable natural gas) 
  • Administrative/Regulatory Law 
  • Litigation 
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
  • U.S. Department of Energy  

Disclaimer: Admitted only in the District of Columbia. Not admitted in Iowa. 

BrownWinick Welcomes Attorneys Samuel Cropper, Sam Olson and Zachary Parle to the Firm

06-28-2024 It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of three exceptional attorneys to our team! Please join us in welcoming Samuel Cropper, Sam Olson and Zachary Parle, who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a passion for excellence in the legal field. Their addition marks a significant milestone as our firm continues to grow and...
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Gabrielle ("Gabe") Foshe



University of Miami

B.A., cum laude, Ecosystem Science and Policy and Economics, 2016


Duke University School of Law

J.D., cum laude, 2020


District of Columbia, 2021

Memberships & Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association