New York


Environment - New York


Band 1 | Bryan Cave LLP

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What the team is known for Well-established group with expertise across the full spectrum of environmental law. Clients include financial institutions, government agencies and developers. 

Work highlights Advised Empire State Development on environmental issues arising from its Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn.

Represented Capmark Finance in environmental aspects of its residential development project in the Whitestone area of Queens.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Healy is held in high regard by clients for his problem solving skills. He advised Long Island Rail Road on its new railroad track from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma. 

Roberta Gordon maintains a broad environmental practice comprising transactional, compliance and contentious work. She represented McAllister Towing and Transportation in a number of matters concerning its coastal operations. 

Philip Karmel is recognized by observers for his strong understanding of the technical aspects of projects. He advised Silverstein Properties on an environmental impact statement relating to a mixed-use development at Hudson Yards. 

Significant clients New York University, Long Island Rail Road, Energizer Holdings, AvalonBay Communities, Terex.

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What the team is known for Broad-based practice handling regulatory compliance, energy, infrastructure and permitting matters. Maintains a strong reputation for environmental litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think it is a top-tier shop - the individuals at all levels are some of the best in their field."

"They are solution-oriented and they provide you with a whole body of analysis."

Work highlights Represented Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in its challenge under the CAA to the EPA's electric utility air toxics and mercury rule.

Advised Kinder Morgan on state and local approvals and real property rights in connection with the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. 

Notable practitioners  

John Greenthal is hailed by commentators as "an outstanding environmental attorney" and "a very sensible, levelheaded guy." He is well known in the field for his extensive work in Superfund and brownfield matters. 

Jean McCreary advises clients on site remediation, permitting, due diligence and regulatory enforcement issues.

Scott Turner leads the energy and environmental practice group at the firm. "He is a very thorough and responsive attorney," say clients.

Significant clients Seneca Meadows.

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What the team is known for Respected New York boutique offering the full range of environmental legal services. Clients include industrial and commercial companies and financial institutions, as well as public agencies and NGOs. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Our experience has been fantastic. They are very knowledgeable and they talk straight about the issues and hurdles."

"They are very smart lawyers and not afraid of a good fight. It is a fabulous group of people; a really talented group. If you are looking for a boutique, I don't think they have rivals."

Work highlights Advised New York State Thruway Authority on its $4 billion project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Defended Northrop Grumman Systems in groundwater contamination claims brought by Bethpage Water District. 

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Gracer "is extremely knowledgeable, well connected and very analytical," say clients. His broad practice covers both contentious and noncontentious environmental work.

Mark Chertok is "a great combination of smart, charismatic and hard-working counsel," peers say. He has expertise in a range of environmental and land use areas, including issues relating to the NEPA and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. 

David Paget advised New York State Department of Transportation on the federal environmental impact statement relating to the Gateway Connections Project in Buffalo. He is recommended for his advice on private and public infrastructure projects.

Daniel Riesel "knows a lot of the players in the field and is extremely knowledgeable," interviewees say. He represented Northrop Grumman in negotiations with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding alleged soil and groundwater contamination.

Michael Bogin recently advised Arthur Kill Land Development on environmental and land use approvals for the Waterfront Commons development project on Staten Island. He is praised for his "thoughtful and creative approach."

Dan Chorost is respected by market sources for his environmental litigation expertise. 

Significant clients American Sugar Refining, Hudson River Park Trust, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Kraft, New York State Department of Transportation.

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What the team is known for Handles a broad array of work, including brownfield redevelopment schemes, land use issues and infrastructure projects. Regularly advises clients in the manufacturing, industrial and technology sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very practical. While they are excellent attorneys, they don’t get bogged down in legal nuances."

"Each of the attorneys is an expert within their discipline." 

Work highlights Advised Reichhold on a number of issues relating to the remediation of the Passaic River and Newark Bay.

Represented Recycled Energy Development in its acquisition of a set of utility infrastructure assets from Eastman Kodak.  

Notable practitioners  

David Flynn is "good at determining what is important to win and what can be compromised, which is critical to actually getting things done," clients say. He regularly advises on regulatory compliance, brownfield development and the remediation of contaminated sediment sites. 

Morgan Graham "has a commanding understanding of New York environmental law, policy and the politics that drives it," say clients. His recent work includes advising DuPont on environmental permitting and enforcement issues. 

Kevin Hogan is "extremely knowledgeable" and "extremely responsive," interviewees say. He is expert in advising clients on environmental compliance and enforcement.

Significant clients Sovran Self Storage, BQ Energy, Niagara Falls Water Board, County of Monroe.

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What the team is known for Renowned for its advice to corporations of all sizes and municipalities on a range of issues. Areas of focus include work involving hazardous waste, air emissions and water. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" Daniel Ruzow "knows his way around the New York political structure," markets sources say. His areas of focus include permitting issues and environmental impact statements.

Scott Fein focuses on regulatory compliance and internal investigations, in addition to litigation. His experience includes defending clients in criminal enforcement cases.

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What the team is known for Regularly handles toxic tort and product liability litigation on behalf of clients in the oil and gas, chemical and pesticide fields. Also has strength advising on permitting issues relating to power facilities. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"You feel they really work for the client. It comes across in everything they do."

"Efficient, knowledgeable and delightful to work with."

Work highlights Advised Caithness Energy on environmental and regulatory issues relating to its potential 750 MW power plant on Long Island.

Represented Sunoco in product liability litigation concerning the alleged contamination of groundwater by gasoline additive MBTE.

Notable practitioners  

The "well-regarded" and "very strong" Stephen Gordon "has a wealth of knowledge," according to clients. His clients include local government entities, in addition to manufacturing, energy, waste management and natural resources companies. 

Michael Murphy is noted for his experience as a litigator. He often works with clients on land use and environmental compliance and permitting, and is an expert in issues relating to electric generation.

Megan Brillault is adept at representing clients involved in significant criminal and civil litigation arising from environmental contexts. She is also active in insurance recovery matters.

Significant clients Bayonne Energy Center, City Carting Holding Company, Levin Management, Unisys, Albany Pool CSO Communities. 

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What the team is known for Represents municipal, institutional and manufacturing clients in state and federal compliance and enforcement work. Further notable areas of expertise include site remediation and brownfields, air quality, hazardous waste and wetlands. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely responsive to questions and calls. They understand both the technical and regulatory issues regarding environmental compliance."

"They are very knowledgeable about state and federal environmental law." 

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Bernstein is "very responsive, and familiar with regulatory requirements and policies, and with the emerging issues in New York State regarding environmental regulations," sources say. He concentrates on permitting and approvals for a variety of projects and facilities.

Barry Kogut is "very practical" and has "great experience and credibility," according to interviewees. His areas of expertise include brownfield development projects.

The "knowledgeable and practical" Virginia Robbins leads the environmental and energy practice at the firm. She maintains a broad environmental practice and is particularly well known for her work on air and water quality issues.  

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What the team is known for Works with clients on an array of environmental issues, including permitting, environmental impact reviews and licensing. Also advises on administrative proceedings, litigation and arbitrations.

Notable practitioners  

Christine Fazio is a co-director of the firm's environmental practice group. Her broad-based environmental practice includes advising clients on permitting and CAA issues. 

The "very knowledgeable" Stephen Kass represents clients in a range of contentious and noncontentious environmental work, include advising on land use, project permitting and transactions. 

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What the team is known for Boutique practice representing clients in an impressive range of environmental law work. Regularly advises on permitting, brownfield redevelopment, and chemical and petroleum storage compliance matters. 

Notable practitioners  

Dean Sommer "is a very bright and creative lawyer," say market sources. He is highly regarded for his litigation expertise.

Kevin Young counsels municipalities and corporations on the full range of state and federal environmental and land use issues. He has notable experience advising on brownfield and Superfund matters.

Environment: Mainly Transactional - New York


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What the team is known for Provides an enviable list of clients with environmental counsel relating to major transactions. Regularly advises on acquisition financings, secured lending deals, and acquisitions and divestitures.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There is a total focus on the client and the service is extraordinary."

"They are a real pleasure to work with." 

Work highlights Advised Johnson & Johnson on its $4 billion sale of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics to The Carlyle Group.

Represented Minerals Technologies in its $1.7 billion acquisition of AMCOL International.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Morreale is "very commercial, pragmatic and thorough," say market sources. He counseled Toll Brothers on its $1.6 billion acquisition of the home building business owned by Shapell Industries.

Annmarie Terraciano is acclaimed by clients for her attention to detail and her expertise in drafting. She recently advised AerCap on its $7.6 billion purchase of International Lease Finance. 

Significant clients Ashland, IBM, Life Technologies, Unilever, Weyerhaeuser.

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What the team is known for Maintains a leading reputation for its work advising clients on an array of transactions. Has expertise in environmental issues arising from M&A, insolvency and restructuring, as well as capital markets and project finance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very astute and practical. They know how to deal with the environmental aspects of the deal."

"They have always struck me as being very business-oriented; they provide practical advice, without spinning off into esoteric academia."

Work highlights Represented Tyson Foods in its $8.55 billion offer to purchase all remaining shares in Hillshire Brands.

Advised Credit Suisse on its $730 million unsecured senior bridge loan made to AK Steel. 

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Loyti Cheng "is very adept at giving business-oriented counsel which helps business people make informed decisions about relative risks." She advised ContourGlobal on a $200 million secured bridge loan.

Hayden Baker recently advised James River Coal Company on its Chapter 11 restructuring. Market sources say he is "very commercial and reasonable."

Betty Moy Huber is a "superstar," and is particularly praised for her negotiation skills. She recently represented Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde in relation to a $1.8 billion five-year unsecured senior loan supplied by a syndicate of banks.

Significant clients AES, Chemtura, Electrolux, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, JPMorgan.

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What the team is known for Highly respected for its advice to private equity firms and their portfolio companies on environmental issues arising in M&A transactions. Has particular expertise in transactions in the energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are diligent and get the job done." 

"The folks there are extremely knowledgeable attorneys." 

Work highlights Advised Rockwood Holdings on its $6.2 billion merger with Albermarle.

Represented Lorillard in relation to its $27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American. 

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Adeeb Fadil "is passionate and knows a ton," say observers. He recently advised Blackstone on its acquisition of Gates from affiliates of Onex and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $5.4 billion.

Michael Isby "is certainly a good lawyer with a good amount of experience," peers say. He assisted Del Monte Corporation during the $1.675 billion sale of its consumer products business to Del Monte Pacific. 

Significant clients Centerbridge Partners, First Reserve, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Tesoro. 

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What the team is known for Advises clients operating in a wide range of industries on major transactions. Offers significant cross-border expertise.

Work highlights Advised Imperial Tobacco on its $7.1 billion acquisition of a number of cigarette brands from Reynolds American. 

Provided environmental counsel to Cargill on the $440 million acquisition from ADM of its North American and European chocolate business.  

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Rivlin "is knowledgeable and great to work with," sources say. He recently advised GE on the $3.3 billion sale of its appliance operation.

Significant clients Jabil Circuit, Pimco, Varian Medical, ExxonMobil, AllianceBernstein.

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What the team is known for Counsels on environmental issues arising from a wide range of transactions, including divestitures and M&A. A respected choice for cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I like that they are streamlined, organized, professional and run by an effective and respected leader."

Work highlights Represented Mizkan Holdings in its $2.15 billion purchase of the Ragu and Bertolli brand portfolio from Unilever.

Advised Lafarge on its $320 million sale of five aggregates quarries and additional associated assets to Bluegrass Materials. 

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Salinger "is a terrific advocate and excellent in every way," peers say. He heads the environmental practice group and frequently advises clients on offerings of securities. 

Jason Pratt recently represented CVS Caremark in relation to its $4 billion bond offering. His areas of expertise include M&A, financings and real estate deals.

Significant clients Dow Chemical, Deere & Company, B/E Aerospace, United States Department of Energy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its advice to multinational clients on all areas of environmental law arising in transactions. Provides notable expertise in advising on deals in the mining, petroleum and chemicals fields.

Work highlights Represented American Energy Partners in a number of acquisitions of unconventional gas and oil assets in the Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale and Permian Basin, with an aggregate value of $4.25 billion.

Advised Amgen on environmental issues arising from its $10.5 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. 

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Brennan is "strong" and "really smart," sources say. He recently advised Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal on its joint venture deal with ArcelorMittal to purchase ThyssenKrupp Steel USA. 

Significant clients Kodak, AT&T, Bayer, Coleman Cable, NewPage.

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What the team is known for Advises clients on the environmental aspects of IPOs, financings and M&A transactions. Regularly counsels banking, oil and gas, chemicals and mining clients. 

Work highlights Advised the underwriters, including Barclays, on the IPO for PBF Logistics.

Represented Colt Defense in its acquisition of New Colt Holding.

Notable practitioners  

Gregory Battista leads the firm's environmental practice group. He is an "intelligent, knowledgeable environmental counsel who is deal savvy and knows what's important," explains a market commentator. 

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What the team is known for Adept at advising on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions. Frequently advises industrial companies and private equity firms.

Work highlights Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on environmental issues arising from its $1.8 billion purchase of Ashland Water Technologies.

Represented Chemtura in its $1 billion sale of Chemtura AgroSolutions to Platform Specialty Products. 

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Hammer "looks out for his client and is creative," report sources. He represented Forest Laboratories in its $2.9 billion purchase of Aptalis.

Significant clients Mitsui, Reynolds Group, International Paper, Kelso & Company, Tribune Company.

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What the team is known for Provides environmental support to notable clients involved in financings, M&A transactions, divestitures, asset sales and mortgage securitizations. Handles matters for clients in the manufacturing, oil and gas and chemicals areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do a very good job of providing us with options of how to do things best."

"They deliver in a timely manner." 

Work highlights Provided environmental counsel to AEA Investors on its $865 million acquisition of Siemens's water technologies operation.

Advised CPG International on its sale to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Ares Management.

Notable practitioners  

David Zilberberg is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients Aleris International, CVR Energy, The Durst Organization, SL Green Realty, Trinity Church.

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What the team is known for Advises clients on environmental issues arising in M&A, real estate and finance transactions. Frequently acts for clients in the chemical and energy fields.

Work highlights Represented Goldman Sachs in relation to a term loan made to Expera Specialty Solutions for its purchase of Thilmany.

Advised shareholders in Chemlogics, including One Equity Partners, on the company's sale to Solvay.

Notable practitioners  

David Langer is "responsive and thoughtful," and "phenomenally astute," and has a "very practical perspective," clients say. He recently advised Arctic Slope Regional on matters relating to its acquisition of Little Red Services.

Significant clients Caesars Entertainment, Carlyle Group, GE Capital, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities.

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What the team is known for Renowned for advising private equity clients on high-value and cross-border transactions. Has expertise in advising on deals involving financial, oil and gas, and industrial companies.

Work highlights Conducted environmental diligence for Apollo Global Management in connection with its $1.8 billion purchase of the Bighorn oil and gas facilities from Encana.

Advised The Carlyle Group on environmental issues arising from its investment in Traxys Group.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Rothenberg is praised by sources for his knowledgeable and conscientious approach. He advises on the environmental aspects of major transactions, in addition to having notable expertise in toxic tort and Superfund issues. 

Significant clients CI Capital Partners, ExxonMobil, Taminco, JPMorgan, MHR Fund Management.

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What the team is known for Provides counsel to clients on financings, M&A and real estate issues. Has particular strength in cross-border deals, including those relating to Latin America and the EU.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"White & Case has an excellent understanding of our business activities, size and scope, which I think is essential for advising on the environmental projects in which we've been involved."

"I've found the team to be very responsive when working together. Follow up is always timely and deadlines are never missed."

Work highlights Represented Hess in the $850 million sale of its East Coast oil terminal network to Buckeye Partners.

Advised Zimmer Holdings on its $13.35 billion acquisition of Biomet.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Milmed "is conscientious and explains the pros and cons, as well as legal considerations," clients say. His practice includes expertise in M&A, private equity and bankruptcy work.

Seth Kerschner maintains a broad transactional practice including financings, M&A, securities offerings and divestitures. "His work product is excellent, but what stands out that most is his foresight," observes an impressed interviewee.

Significant clients Calpine, Deutsche Bank, Fortis, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Jeffrey Smith of Crowell & Moring LLP is "incredibly knowledgeable," peers say. His wide-ranging practice covers both transactional and regulatory environmental work.

Robert Alessi of DLA Piper LLP (US) is "extraordinarily smart," "creative" and "meticulous," market sources say. He recently advised Suez/United Water New York on siting and permitting issues relating to the development of a desalination plant on the Hudson River.

David Freeman of Gibbons P.C. is a "very practical, careful and thoughtful lawyer" who is acclaimed by clients for his pragmatic approach. He provided outside counsel to a joint venture of The Related Companies and Sterling Project Development Group in relation to environmental aspects of the Willets Point development in Queens.

Doreen Simmons of Hancock Estabrook, LLP is "very thoughtful and very practical," according to market sources. She advises clients on a broad range of issues, including compliance and permitting. 

Kathy Robb of Hunton & Williams LLP has wide-ranging environmental law expertise. She recently successfully represented Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a case regarding responsibility for the deaths of whooping cranes.  

The "very knowledgeable" Donald Stever of K&L Gates is an environment law litigation specialist. He recently defended Hess Oil Virgin Islands in a natural resources damages claim.

Charles Warren is chair of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's environmental practice. He works with clients on a range of areas, including CAA, CWA and Superfund matters. 

James Pardo of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is "an excellent environmental litigator," say peers. He is experienced in handling toxic tort and product liability cases.

Peter Sacripanti of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is vastly experienced in contentious environmental matters, including natural resources damages suits and class actions. His clients include ExxonMobil and Honeywell International.

Matthew Ahrens of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP counsels clients on environmental issues involving a wide range of transactions. Market sources praise his commercial approach.

Robert Kafin of Proskauer Rose LLP is able to bring his vast experience in the field to bear on a broad array of environmental issues. His areas of expertise include work involving water, oil pollution and toxic substances.  

Gail Port of Proskauer Rose LLP "is very thorough and gets things done," sources say approvingly. She has expertise in advising clients on transactional and enforcement matters.

Maureen Crough of Sidley Austin LLP advises domestic and international clients on environmental issues arising from an array of transactions. She also has considerable expertise in litigation and enforcement proceedings.

Gail Suchman of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is active in a range of areas, including environmental permitting, compliance and litigation. She also has climate change expertise.

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