Jeff has a vibrant domestic and international environmental law practice. In addition to his domestic practice, which includes representing a large multi-national enterprise in the largest Superfund matter in the US, Jeff regularly represents non-US companies with respect to US environmental matters. When environmental issues arise for clients domiciled outside of the US, Jeff is called upon to provide strategic advice based both on the US experience and his extensive international business experience. His clients have included companies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Russia, and the UK. Jeff is also retained on a regular basis by international law firms that do not have US environmental practices. In comments reported by Chambers, Jeff is highly regarded as “an excellent lawyer who communicates well and listens to the client.”
Jeff’s extensive experience includes hazardous substance and toxic tort litigation; environmental permitting and approvals; resolution of federal, state and local regulatory enforcement matters; environmental impact assessments; historic preservation reviews; contaminated site remediation; brownfield redevelopment; and environmental insurance coverage. His clients include public and privately-held companies, governmental and non-profit development agencies, real estate developers, financial institutions, and private equity funds.
Jeff is the founder of the Environmental Program at the Vance Center for International Justice at the New York City Bar, which focuses on providing pro bono advice on environmental issues around the world.
Queens West Development Corporation
SPR represents Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), a subsidiary of New York State's Empire State Development (ESD), in connection with New York's largest mixed use public-private development. During the early planning stages of this major initiative to redevelop a 74-acre area of the Long Island City waterfront, the firm provided environmental and land use counsel to the Urban Development Corporation (now d/b/a ESD) in connection with development of the General Project Plan and the environmental impact statement (EIS) process. It subsequently represented ESD in successfully defeating litigation challenging the adequacy of the EIS. The firm has handled all waterfront permitting issues for the development of parks and the waterfront esplanade, which involved obtaining permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other agencies.The firm recently represented QWDC over CERCLA action for response costs and settled. The firm assists in connection with all aspects of remediation of legacy contamination from the area's long and varied industrial uses, including remedies under auspices of either the State's Voluntary Cleanup Program or the Brownfield Cleanup Program, recently representing QWDC in a case over response costs. The litigation recently settled.
“Managing Environmental Risk in Business Transactions”
For: ALI-ABA Environmental Law Conference, Washington, D.C.
“Impact of Climate Change on Business Strategy”
For: Conference Board
“Regulatory Best Practices For Remediation of Toxic Legacy Contamination,” co-author
For: Blacksmith Institute
“US Environmental Developments”
For: UKELA, Cambridge, UK
“Lessons Learned In the US Regarding Lender Liability For Pollution”
For: Brazilian Bankers Association (FEBREBAN), Sao Paulo, Brazil