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Global Leader

Environment 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Steven Russo draws praise from respondents who highlight him as "a knowledgeable and experienced environmental attorney".

Biography

Steven Russo is the chair of Greenberg Traurig’s New York environmental practice. He has over 25 years’ experience both litigating environmental matters and handling development and regulatory matters. Before joining GT, Mr Russo served as a deputy commissioner and chief legal officer of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), New York’s environmental regulator, supervising 90 environmental attorneys in the agency’s Office of General Counsel state-wide, as well as the agency’s Offices of Legislative Affairs and Environmental Justice. Mr Russo spearheaded the development of NYSDEC’s self-audit policy, proposed reforms to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and its assessment forms, and the issuance of new power plant siting regulations pertaining to environmental justice review and carbon emissions. Mr Russo also served as a deputy assistant chief in the environmental law division of the New York City (NYC) Law Department, where he litigated on behalf of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and advised on environmental matters for the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

Mr Russo litigates regularly in state and federal courts, including Superfund defence and contribution actions. Recently, he successfully defended a challenge to an environmental review for a development project in Manhattan and ushered a major rail infrastructure project through the environmental review process. Mr Russo is an expert on Clean Water Act citizen suit litigation and environmental review under both the National Environmental Policy Act and its New York State counterpart, SEQRA. Mr Russo graduated from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and the head articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

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