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Global Leader

Environment 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kerri Barsh excels as an environmental lawyer who offers clients comprehensive advice in high-stakes compliance, permitting and contamination matters.


Kerri L Barsh, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s national environmental practice, is noted as a “go-to” attorney for representing public and private clients on an array of environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters.

She is recognised for pioneering work in floating infrastructure, which includes her 2012 argument before the US Supreme Court on a landmark admiralty jurisdictional matter. The Court’s decision in January 2013 to treat Barsh’s client’s floating home as real estate had major implications throughout the US for floating homes, casinos, restaurants and hotels. It also impacted the regulatory authority of state and local governments. Barsh also served as lead counsel for the Amillarah Private Islands, a proposed self-sustaining luxury floating home community in South Florida; she has extensive experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the effects of climate change.

Barsh led the Greenberg Traurig environmental team that represented MAT Concessionaire, LLC in the Port of Miami Tunnel project, one of the first greenfield public-private partnerships in the US.

Barsh’s practice focuses on environmental matters including negotiation of representations and warranties; pre-acquisition diligence; wetlands permitting; counselling on remedial obligations; and compliance and enforcement issues. Barsh has extensive experience representing developers, mining, cement and asphalt companies.

Throughout her career, Barsh has been honoured with many awards and recognitions. She features in guides including Chambers USAThe Best Lawyers in AmericaFlorida Super Lawyers and Euromoney Legal Media Group – Americas Women in Business Law. Barsh was also selected as one of National Law Journal’s Energy and Environmental Trailblazers. The inaugural publication recognised 50 top legal professionals who “moved the needle” in the energy or environmental industry.

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