• Charles S. Warren, chair of the Environmental practice, who is recognized as one of the pre-eminent lawyers in his field, counsels and represents clients in a comprehensive range of environmental law matters. A former regional administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chuck 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.

    Chuck 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. 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. Chuck’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 involving major environmental issues.

    As a member of interdisciplinary teams, Chuck 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.

    Chuck 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 EPA, as director of the EPA’s Office of Legislation and as chief legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Jacob K. Javits of New York.

    Chuck is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. 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 INTL magazine.

    Experience

    • Advised Argand Partners LP in in its acquisition of Midwest Can Company LLC and Container Specialties Inc., a leading manufacturer of portal fuel containers, from GenNx360.

    • Represented Paine Schwartz Partners, a global leader in sustainable food chain investment, in establishing an Animal Health & Nutrition investment platform, AH&N Holdco Inc., with a strategic acquisition through its Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund IV in Warburton Technology Limited, a leading producer of trace-mineral injections for cattle.

    • Represented Blackstone Properties, the owner of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, in negotiations with Con Edison and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in connection with a manufactural gas plant beneath the properties.

    • Represented TF Cornerstone in the construction of seven buildings on the former Pepsi Cola site in Long Island City, Queens, which had major contamination issues related to former oil refining plants located on the site.

    • Represented Extell in the construction of several buildings as part of the Riverside Center Project near the Hudson River in Manhattan in connection with negotiations with the New York City Department of City Planning and Department of Environmental Protection to deal with the impacts of PM2.5 on the construction.

    • Advises VICI Properties Inc. in connection with its agreement to acquire the land and real estate assets of Margaritaville Resort Casino for approximately $261 million cash, and lease the operating assets of Margaritaville Resort Casino to Penn National Gaming Inc.

    • Represented Anbau Enterprises and Friedland Properties, conducting the environmental review for two architecturally significant new buildings in Manhattan planned for 39 W. 23rd St. and 7 W. 21st St.

    • Represented Howard Hughes Corp. in environmental matters related to the development of a new 800,000-square-foot hotel and residential condominium building, the reconstruction of Pier 17, and the overall redevelopment of the South Street Seaport area.

    • Represented the owner of 550 Washington St. in environmental matters for the 1.3 million-square-foot St. John’s Terminal Building in the Hudson Square neighborhood.

    • Represented Methodist Hospital in connection with the environmental review required for the development of a new 300,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility on the hospital’s campus in Brooklyn.

    • Represented Taconic Investment Partners and Ritterman Capital Inc. in the environmental review associated with a proposed rezoning and a large-scale plan to facilitate a residential development in the Clinton section of Manhattan.

    • Provided counsel to TF Cornerstone in the environmental review related to air quality issues in connection with a major redevelopment project on West 57th Street in Manhattan.

    • Provided environmental counsel to Trinity School in its application for a variance to allow a two-story enlargement of its Upper West Side campus to accommodate additional academic and outdoor recreation space.

    • Provided environmental counsel to Del Monte Pacific Ltd. in its acquisition of the consumer foods business of Del Monte Corp.

    • Provided environmental counsel to the Unsecured Creditors Committee in the bankruptcy and reorganization of Patriot Coal Corp.

    • Advised the owners of Spraylat Corp. – a family-owned paint and coatings business specializing in high-quality industrial liquid and powder coatings applied to metal, glass and plastic substrates – on structuring and tax issues in connection with the sale of Spraylat to PPG Industries Inc.

    • Represented Extell in getting environmental approval from the New York city council for its Riverside Center Project.

    • Represented Aldabra 2 Acquisition Corp. on environmental matters in connection with the acquisition of Boise Paper and Packaging assets.

    Credentials

    Education

    • LL.M., New York University
    • J.D., Columbia Law School
    • B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Florida

    Bar Admissions

    • New York

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
    • U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit
    • U.S.D.C., District of Columbia
    • 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

    Professional Affiliations

    • American College of Environmental Lawyers, Fellow
    • 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
    • President of the Board Settlement Housing Fund
    • Community Board 8 Manhattan, Member
    • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Member of the Board
    • Advisory Board of Civitas Citizens Inc., Member
    • Advisory Board of the Riverkeeper, Member

    Focus Areas