Kerri L. Barsh: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kerri L. Barsh

Shareholder; Co-Chair, National Environmental Practice
Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • Public Infrastructure
  • Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0772
Fax: 305.961.5772
University University of Missouri, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1984
Admitted1984, Florida; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Former Board Member, Law360, Environmental Editorial Board
•Former Board Member, Women's Emergency Network, Board of Directors
•Former Member, Miami Bridge, Executive Council
•Greenberg Traurig
•Former Chair, Environmental and Land Use Practice, Employment Relations Committee
•Member, Recruiting Committee, Finance Committee, Hiring Committee, Intake Committee, and Orientation Committee
•Hiring Partner, 1999-2001
•Member, American Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Resources Section
•Member, Builders Association of South Florida
•Member, Miami-Dade Limestone Products Association
•Member, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Council of Counsel
•Trustee, Florida Atlantic Builders Association

BornJoplin, Missouri, 1959

Kerri L. Barsh represents public and private clients on an array of environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters, including transactional support and due diligence, environmental assessment and liability matters, energy and infrastructure projects, wetlands and coastal permitting, complex land use projects, air quality matters, hazardous materials contamination, and other compliance and enforcement cases.

Areas of Concentration

•Environmental compliance, permitting, enforcement, including litigation support
•Transactional environmental work (counseling, due diligence, drafting and negotiation of reps and warrants, disclosures, and indemnities)
•Energy and infrastructure projects, including due diligence, permitting, and NEPA review
•Natural resource mining, permitting and siting
•Brownfields counseling and development
•Electrical generation facilities (power plant and transmission line siting)
•Air quality matters (drafting of contractual protections, remedial assistance and litigation support)
•Land use and comprehensive plan approvals, including litigation
•Landfills (siting, permitting and related regulatory matters)
•Legislation drafting (statutes, ordinances and rules)
•Administrative litigation, including rule-making and permitting challenges

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law; Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation - Environmental; Litigation - Land Use & Zoning; Natural Resources Law, 2007-2016
• Lawyer of the Year, Miami Litigation - Environmental Law, 2013
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
•Shortlisted, Euromoney Legal Media Group, Americas Women in Business Law Awards, Best in Environment, 2013 and 2015
•Selected, National Law Journal magazine, Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2015
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
•Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, 2014
•Member, Winning Team, ACG New York Champions Awards, Energy, 2012
•Selected, South Florida Business Journal, one of 25 Influential Business Women, 2011
•Listed, Business Leader magazine, Top Impact Law Leaders, 2010
•Listed, Who's Who Legal: Florida, Real Estate, 2008
•Listed, Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyer - Lobbying/Land Use Category, 2006
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

12.16.15 3 Additional Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Recognized in the National Law Journal's Trailblazer Series
11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
08.26.15 Greenberg Traurig Named to Top 10 Law Firms in the Southeast Region by ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
08.25.15 58 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
06.18.15 Greenberg Traurig Represents LaPlaya Beach Resort and LaPlaya Beach Club in Acquisition by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06.11.15 48 Greenberg Traurig Miami Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
05.27.15 Greenberg Traurig Environmental Attorneys Named in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.27.15 33 Greenberg Traurig Miami Shareholders Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

Published Articles

01.29.10 Army Corps re-permits Lake Belt rock mines
09.01.03 Pre-empting Liability Issues
08.01.03 Developer Liability in the Toxic Mold Arena
06.01.02 Toxic Mold: What You Should Know About It and What You Can Do About It


06.19.15 Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Under the Newly Issued Clean Water Rule
06.27.13 Supreme Court Decision Limits Ability of Government Agencies to Impose 'Extortionate' Permit Conditions on Landowners
11.14.12 Superstorm Sandy and the Remediation of Water Damage, Mold Growth and Bacterial Threats
08.29.12 What You Need to Know About the New SEC Rule Requiring Additional Reporting by Resource Extraction Issuers
01.17.12 Repositioning Your Florida Development by Substantially Reducing Transportation Mitigation Costs
12.07.11 Act Now to Secure Your HB 7207 Development Order and Permit Extensions
11.04.11 How Can a State of Emergency Declaration in Florida Benefit Your Land Development Investment?
05.16.11 The Future of Growth Management In Florida
11.01.07 EPA Enforcement Strategy Continues to Target Stormwater Violations
08.16.06 Long Anticipated Supreme Court Wetland Decision: Court Split Sharply

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Co-Author, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Temporarily Stays Implementation of the Clean Water Rule, GT E2 Law Blog, October 9, 2015
•Co-Author, Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Under the Newly Issued Clean Water Rule, GT Alert, June 19, 2015
•Featured, Trailblazers: Energy & Environmental, National Law Journal, April 27, 2015
•Mentioned, Testing the Waters, Florida Trend magazine, March 2015
•Quoted, Treading Water, National Geographic, February 2015
•Quoted, Dutch Solution to Miami's Rising Seas? Floating Islands, The Miami Herald, August 23, 2014
•Quoted, In the Market for a Hyper-Luxurious Floating Island? Biscayne Times, July 2014
•Quoted, Split Supreme Court Sides With Florida Property Owner, Daily Business Review, June 26, 2013
•Quoted, Supreme Court Gives Landowners Big Win in Florida Case, The Miami Herald, June 25, 2013
•Quoted, Supreme Court Sides with Florida Landowner in Permit Fight, The News Service of Florida, June 25, 2013
•Quoted, High Court Wetlands Ruling Could Force Permitting Delays, Law360, June 25, 2013
•Quoted, Private-Public Partnerships: The Way To Get Large Projects Done, Daily Business Review, June 3, 2013
•Quoted, Justice Watch: U.S. Supreme Court May Use Florida Case To Redefine Property Rights, Daily Business Review, May 20, 2013
•Quoted, EPA, Fla. Reach Deal Over State Water Nutrient Limits, Law360, March 18, 2013
•Quoted, Florida Producers Win Right to Mine: Florida's Aggregate Industry Overcomes Strong Opposition and Wins the Right to Mine Reserves in South Florida, Rock Products, 2010
•Quoted, Army Corps Re-Permits Lake Belt Rock Mines, South Florida Business Journal, January 2010
•Quoted, EPA: Deny 9 Rock Mining Permits in Miami-Dade, The Miami Herald, June 2009
•Author, Pre-Empting Liability Issues, Area Development Magazine, September 2003
•Author, Developer Liability in the Toxic Mold Arena: Recent Trends and Issues, Southeast Real Estate Business Magazine, August 2003
•Quoted, An Ounce of Prevention, Realty Magazine Online, August 8, 2002
•Author, Toxic Mold: What You Should Know About It and What You Can Do About It, Real Estate Issues Magazine, Summer 2002

Speaking Engagements

•Presenter, Protecting Environmental Permits from Legal and Other Attacks, 27th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, Florida Chambers, July 18, 2013
•Interview, Property Rights Supreme Court Case, WPBT2's Issues, May 17 and 19, 2013
•Speaker, Part I: The Evolving World of Confiscatory Takings: Understanding the Path, as It Is Not Necessarily a Straight One, ABA's 24th Annual Spring CLE Symposia, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2013


•Quoted, Greenberg Traurig's Summer Associate Program Ranks Among the Top 5 in the Nation, GT Press Release, January 14, 2002
•Author, Where the Action Is,, March 2001

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Leader of the Greenberg Traurig Environmental team that represented MAT Concessionaire, LLC and its sponsors, Meridiam Infrastructure Fund and Bouygues Travaux Publics, S.A., in the Port of Miami Tunnel project, one of the first greenfield public-private partnerships in the United States.Represented the petitioner before the U.S. Supreme Court in a pivotal admiralty jurisdiction case, resulting in a favorable result for our client in January 2013.Represented several national rock mining companies in federal, state and local wetlands permitting and associated litigation over quarries in the Lake Belt region of Miami-Dade County, Florida, which included serving as industry spokesperson with the media, as well as liaison with the environmental agencies and local government.Represented wind energy company in connection with environmental permitting with the federal agencies in connection with its 200 megawatt wind farm project.Represented commercial real estate and railroad company Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) in its $3.5 billion merger transaction, in which FECI has been acquired by a company formed by certain private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC.Represented Greenwich Air Services in $1.8 billion, three-party merger; served as chief environmental counsel who drafted and negotiated the environmental reps and warranties and indemnities; oversaw environmental due diligence and compliance activities, including supervision of five regional environmental consulting teams.Represented developers, builders, building owners/operators, and lenders in connection with mold-related concerns, including preventive advice; development of mold protocols; drafting of mold addenda; disclosures and risk shifting instruments; hiring and supervision of mold experts; analysis of mold-related legislation; and pursuit of insurance claims.Represented electrical generation companies in connection with due diligence, zoning approvals, environmental permitting and related matters.Represented several large pension funds, REITs, and developers in environmental and land use due diligence efforts.Represented several large developers in land use related litigation, both judicial and administrative, including defense of land use plan amendments and developments of regional impact.Represented Broward County in its air permitting and power plant site certification for the north and south resource recovery facilities.Represented the City of Miami and Hillsborough County as special counsel relative to multiparty Superfund sites.

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Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Under the Newly Issued Clean Water Rule
Kerri L. Barsh,John V. Chibbaro,Michael G. Cooke,H. Hamilton Hackney,Hayley E. Neal, June 25, 2015
More than 40 years after Congress passed the landmark Clean Water Act, the jurisdictional reach of that statute remains a contentious legal and political issue. By prohibiting the discharge of pollutants to “navigable waters” without a permit, the Act expressly limits its protections to...

Miami-Dade County Moves Forward with Comprehensive Climate Change Planning Initiatives
Kerri L. Barsh, February 17, 2015
I have written previously here about Miami-Dade County’s recent climate change initiatives, which included adoption of requirements in 2014 that all county infrastructure projects consider the potential impact of sea level rise during all project phases and that existing infrastructure be...

The Debate Over Florida’s First Commercial Waste-to-Energy Incinerator in 2 Decades
Kerri L. Barsh, February 17, 2015
Palm Beach County will soon commence operations of the nation’s first commercial waste-to-energy trash incinerator in 20 years. The $670 million incinerator, located immediately north of the Solid Waste Authority’s existing facility on Jog Road, will combust approximately 3,000 tons of...

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Kerri L. Barsh

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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