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Charles S. Warren


Chair, Environmental

Phone: 212.715.9387 Fax: 212.715.8096 New York

Charles S. Warren, Chair of the Environmental practice, counsels and represents clients in a comprehensive range of environmental law matters. A former regional administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Warren brings more than 35 years of knowledge and experience in environmental law, both in government and private practice, to his work on behalf of clients.

Mr. Warren advises public and privately held corporations, as well as other organizations on compliance under state and federal environmental statutes and regulations, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, solid waste and brownfield laws, the Superfund law and other hazardous waste statutes, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). He also provides environmental auditing, environmental impact review and due diligence for these corporate clients, and represents them in permitting and enforcement procedures and litigation. Mr. Warren’s clients have included major real estate developers with environmental problems such as hazardous waste issues; industrial companies with air pollution, water pollution and hazardous waste issues; and creditors’ committees in bankruptcies with major environmental issues.

As a member of interdisciplinary teams, Mr. Warren also performs critical environmental review and due diligence in the context of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcies and restructurings as well as in some of the largest and most well-known real estate transactions and developments in New York.

Mr. Warren serves as a member of the Policy Committee of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program. He previously served as Regional Administrator for Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as Director of the EPA’s Office of Legislation and as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York.

A fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, Mr. Warren is recognized as one of the pre-eminent lawyers in his field. Chambers, Best Lawyers and the Guide to the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers have repeatedly ranked him as a leading practitioner. Best Lawyers named him New York’s Best Environmental Lawyer of the Year 2014, and in 2011 he received the Global Award for the New York Environmental Attorney of the Year from Corporate International magazine.

LL.M. New York University
J.D. Columbia Law School
B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa University of Florida
New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Northern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2007-2018)
    -New York’s Best Environmental Lawyer of the Year, Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2013)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2008-2017)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2007-2016)
    -Law Business Research Limited, Who's Who Legal, One of the World’s Leading Environment Lawyers (2016, 2017)
    -New York Environmental Attorney of the Year, Corporate International magazine (2011)
    -Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Energy and Environment Expert Guide (2017)
    -American College of Environmental Lawyers, Fellow
    -New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, Member, Policy Committee
    -New York League of Conservation Voters, Chair of the Board
    -New York State Bar Association, Member, Environmental Law Section
    -Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    -President of the Board Settlement Housing Fund
    -Community Board 8 Manhattan, Member
    -Civitas Citizens Inc., Member of the Board
    -Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Member of the Board
    -Environmental Advocates, Member of the Board