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Michael S. Siegel
Since 1987, Michael Siegel has been active in almost all areas of the environmental practice. Since returning to private practice in 1995 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Michael has represented water and wastewater utilities; equipment, chemical and synthetic rubber manufacturers; electric and gas companies; pipeline services companies; and real estate developers of brownfield sites, counseling them in a variety of environmental and commercial engagements. Michael has handled various environmental matters including: Superfund matters; Clean Water Act cases; filings under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act; air permit fee disputes; Clean Air Act Title V permitting; wetlands permitting; transactional due diligence; environmental indemnification disputes; transferring of environmental permits; regulatory approvals arising from acquisitions and corporate restructuring; drafting of environmental disclosure for corporate filings and audit letters; development of public-private partnerships for environmental and utility projects and various litigation matters.

From 1989 to 1995, Michael was an Assistant Regional Counsel in the Region II (New York City) office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. While at the EPA, Michael represented the Agency as sole counsel in over thirty administrative enforcement cases under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Oil Pollution Act. In addition, he defended the Agency in permittee appeals of water discharge permit conditions; served as co-counsel with attorneys from the United States Department of Justice in over fifteen (15) cases in Federal District Court under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Oil Pollution Act; and was the EPA Region II's designated counsel for its Public Water Supply and Oil Pollution Act Programs. In this “designated counsel” capacity, Michael handled all the legal questions that arose in the programs on a day-to-day basis; reviewed and commented on proposed state regulations; and worked with the Programs on all aspects of their enforcement and regulatory functions.

Prior to joining the Agency, Michael spent one and one-half years as an environmental and litigation associate at the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Woodbridge, New Jersey. After leaving the Agency, Michael served as an associate and as Of Counsel to the firm of Huber Lawrence & Abell in New York City. Michael joined Elias Group LLP in 2001.

Michael graduated from the Columbia University School of Law in 1987, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Law, and from Amherst College, where he graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1984. Michael is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey.

From 1995 to 2006, Michael was a member of the Rye Brook Advisory Committee on Environmental Conservation, a committee that advises the Mayor and Trustees of Rye Brook, New York on environmental issues, and twice served as Committee Chairman. Since 2006 Michael has served on the Rye Brook zoning Board of Appeals, a quasi-judicial body that rules on variances from and disputes regarding the Village Zoning Code. In January 2005, Michael became a member of the Wastewater Treatment Validation and Examination Committee of the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC). ABC provides water and wastewater operator examination services to over 80 regulatory boards and state agencies in North America, most of Canada, and some foreign water/wastewater regulatory authorities. As a member of this Committee, Michael is involved in the drafting and development of the ABC certification and licensing exams for water and wastewater professionals. Michael has also been an Associate Class Agent for Amherst College since 1984 and head class Agent from 2006-2009.

Michael S. Siegal
Michael S. Siegel
Environmental practice specialists.

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