Prior to joining the firm, Steven was the Chief Legal Officer of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. There, he supervised approximately 90 attorneys in Albany, as well as the agency’s nine regional offices. He also supervised the agency’s legislative affairs department and Office of Environmental Justice. At the agency, Steven initiated a reform of the state’s environmental review regulations and assessment forms, completed the issuance of new power plant siting regulations pertaining to environmental justice and carbon emissions and revised the agency’s environmental audit policy.
Steven also serves as election law counsel to a number of New York State and federal campaigns and political parties.
Recognition & Leadership
Awards & Accolades
•Team Member, Best Lawyers in America Top Listed - Government Relations, 2018
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2015-2018
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2017
•“Recognized Practitioner,” 2017
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers , Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2009-2010 and 2014-2017
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Toxic Tort, 2014
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
AV , AV Preeminent , Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
Professional & Community Involvement
•Executive Committee Member, Environmental Law Section, New York State Bar Association, 2011-Present
•Board Member, New York City Environmental Control Board, 2003-2011
•Chair, Business Law Section, Environmental Litigation Committee, American Bar Association, 2003-2007
•Member, Election Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2004-2006
•Member, Environmental Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, 1997-2000
•Member, State Legislation Committee, New York City Bar Association, 1990-1991