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With more than 30 years’ experience, Carla Consoli serves leaders in the mining, energy, real estate, manufacturing, and investment industries. Her expertise helps clients understand and navigate the environmental, water, cultural, endangered species and natural resource laws affecting their business. Carla’s work includes permitting new and existing facilities, environmental due diligence, securing water rights, natural resource evaluations, remedial activities, endangered species and habitat compliance, and agency negotiation. She has strong relationships with regulators at local, state, and federal levels including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada Division of Conservation and Natural Resources (NDCNR), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), and Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).

Carla’s recent honors and recognitions include, but are not limited to: The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation- Environmental, 2022; Benchmark Litigation, “Local Litigation Star” in Arizona, 2016-2021; Southwest Super Lawyers, Environmental Practice Area, 2008-2021; Chambers and Partners Band One 2023


  • B.A., Lewis and Clark College, 1987
  • J.D. University of Notre Dame Law School, 1991
  • Master of Science, Psychology, Grand Canyon University, 2021
  • Certified Adult Mental Health First Aid, National Council for Mental Health, 2021

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • Court Admission, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation—Environmental, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 2008-2022
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star in Arizona 2016-2021
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013 Top 25 Female Attorney, Environmental Practice Area, 2008-2021
  • Chambers USA, Environment (including water rights), 2007-2023
  • Who’s Who Legal Services, International Who’s Who: Environmental Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business, 2012-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Attorney rating
  • Arizona Business Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2010, 2013
  • Arizona Leaders in Business in Environmental Law, one in four, 2013
  • AZ Central, Arizona’s Who’s Who of Business, 2011
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel, 2009
  • Arizona Business Magazine, 50 Most Influential Woman
  • Arizona Business Journal, Forty under 40, Woman to Watch

Professional & Community Groups

  • ABA Section on Energy Environmental Resources, member and fall meeting planning committee member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Environmental Section, member and former chairman
  • Valley Forward, member and former chairman of the board
  • Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, former trustee
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, emeritus board member and former chair
  • Audubon of Arizona, board member
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law section of the State Bar of Arizona, member and former chairman
  • Arizona Heart Hospital, former trustees
  • Phoenix Baptist Hospital, former trustees

Practice Areas

When you enlist the services of May Potenza Baran & Gillespie, you get an experienced, diverse team of advocates in your corner who work collaboratively, move quickly, and think differently.