This vibrant community explores a wide range of issues in all substantive areas of environmental law. Section members also help shape environmental policy through a close working relationship with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Environmental Law Committees

  • Air Quality and Climate Change Committee
    This committee reviews federal and local air pollution control, including source permitting, air quality planning, transportation planning, compliance monitoring, hazardous air pollutants and indoor air pollution.

    Contact Information

    Danah Tench

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    (617) 574-6870

    Melissa G. Liazos

    National Grid USA

    (978) 254-5476

  • Energy Committee
    This committee addresses regulatory and related issues affecting the energy industries in Massachusetts — on the federal level and in other jurisdictions. Members typically practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and state and federal courts.

    Contact Information

    Joseph Dorfler

    Rich May, P.C.

    (617) 556-3867

    Nancy Kaplan

    Eversource Energy

    (617) 424-2128

  • Environmental Law Public Service Committee
    This committee has a number of annual service events including planting trees for Earth Day and volunteering with the Food Project. The committee also focuses on practice-specific pro bono projects and brown bag programming.

    Contact Information

    Jameel Moore

    United States Department of Interior

    Courtney Simmons

    Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.

    (617) 589 3854

  • Environmental Litigation Committee
    This committee focuses on Chapter 21E, CERCLA, insurance, clean air and clean water litigation.

    Contact Information

    Brian J Clappier

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 963-2364

    Curtis A. Connors

    Giarrusso Norton Cooley & McGlone, P.C.

    (617) 770-2900

  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee
    This committee informs members about issues relating to federal and Massachusetts laws governing oil, hazardous materials and hazardous waste, including CERCLA and Chapter 21E.

    Contact Information

    Jessica A. Wall

    Anderson & Kreiger LLP

    (617) 621-6500

    Laura Swain

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    (617) 556-1155

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Committee
    This committee keeps members abreast of changes in local, state and federal statutes, regulations and by-laws relating to discharges to surface water, groundwater and wastewater treatment plants.

    Contact Information

    Ivria Glass Fried

    Miyares and Harrington LLP

    (617) 489-1600

    Michael Knapp

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    (617) 918-1053