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Charles S. Warren


Chair, Environmental

Phone: 212.715.9387 Fax: 212.715.8096 New York

Charles Warren is the chairman of the Environmental Group. A former Regional Administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Warren has over 35 years’ experience in environmental law, both in government and private practice. Mr. Warren’s practice includes matters under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal Pesticide law solid waste and brownfield laws. He is also an expert in the Superfund law and other hazardous waste statutes as well as OSHA, environmental auditing, environmental impact review, corporate due diligence, environmental aspects of mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy, permitting and enforcement procedures and litigation.

Mr. Warren currently is a member of the Policy Committee of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program. He has also been Co-Chair of the Committee on Air Quality of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He previously served as Regional Administrator for Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also was Director of the EPA’s Office of Legislation and was Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York.

Mr. Warren is distinguished by his peers as one of the pre-eminent lawyers in his field, and has been recognized as such by Chambers USA (2008-2015) and the Guide to the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007, and that publication named him New York's Best Environmental Lawyer of the Year 2014. Mr. Warren has been recognized as a leading lawyer by New York Super Lawyers, a special supplement to The New York Times (2006-2015). In 2011 he was awarded the Global Award for the New York Environmental Attorney of the Year by Corporate International magazine. Kramer Levin was named 2015 Environmental Law Firm of the year in New York Global Law Experts. Corporate LiveWire has named Kramer Levin its 2015 New York Global Award winner for Environmental law. U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers'  Best Law Firms (2011-2015) ranked Kramer Levin’s Environmental practice in New York top tier for environmental law. Corporate INTL magazine named Kramer Levin its “2015 Environmental Law Firm of the Year in New York.

LL.M., New York University, 1967
J.D., Columbia Law School, 1965
B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Florida, 1962
New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Northern District of New York
    -Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers
    -New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, Member, Policy Committee
    -New York League of Conservation Voters, Member of the Board
    -New York State Bar Association, Member, Environmental Law Section
    -Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    -Chair of the Board Settlement Housing Fund
    -Civitas Citizens, Inc., Member of the Advisory Board
    -Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Member of the Board
    -Environmental Advocates, Member of the Board