Clients say Steve "...understands the business aspects as well as the legal aspects, and he understands the company's viewpoint..."
Chambers USA 2019
Steven P. Solow focuses his practice on business crimes, internal investigations, corporate compliance and security programs and environmental civil and criminal litigation. He represents and counsels corporations and business associations regarding their legal and regulatory obligations, develops integrated compliance programs that address corporate and government expectations and represents both corporate and individual clients in white collar cases.
Steve advises chemical, energy, utility, homebuilding, construction, pipeline, shipping and technology companies on a range of regulatory matters, including enforcement defense, internal investigations, litigation, compliance issues and homeland security matters. He counsels senior management and corporate boards of directors on corporate best practices. Major energy companies seek Steve's advice on the regulatory standards applicable to all energy sources and he also provides experienced representation to major international shipping concerns in connection with maritime and environmental matters involving the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies.
Steve was recently appointed by a U.S. Federal District Court Judge to serve as the Court Appointed Monitor (CAM) over the world's largest cruise line company following the company's plea to criminal charges related to vessel pollution.
His clients say Steve "...pays great attention to relevant details and is capable of taking technical information and presenting it in a manner that is understandable to the layman."
Chambers USA 2019
Formerly Chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Environmental Crimes Section, Steve supervised more than 30 federal prosecutors and oversaw the prosecution of environmental criminal cases nationwide. He also coordinated an international law enforcement initiative to combat smuggling of banned chemicals into the United States and served on an Interpol workgroup.
Steve's experience in audits, internal investigations, and prevention and detection programs, is enhanced by his government service. As a member of the U.S. Attorney General's White Collar Crime Council, he worked closely with U.S. Attorney's Offices and numerous federal investigative agencies, Interpol and state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Before coming to the Environmental Crimes Section, Steve was a prosecutor with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold L. Murphy of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Steve is a prolific speaker and has provided training to law enforcement and professional business and educational institutions. Steve served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and has been an adjunct professor for over twenty years in the environmental law program at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. He was a full-time law professor and law clinic co-director for Pace University School of Law from 1992-1994, and for University of Maryland School of Law from 2000-2002. Steve was recently named a Senior Fellow of the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He has participated in Wharton programs designed to examine ways for U.S. and international businesses and financial institutions to reduce the likelihood of compliance failures.
- Trial counsel for one of the world's largest providers of water management in connection with a federal criminal prosecution secured an across-the-board acquittal of a 26-count criminal indictment in United States v. United Water Services, Inc. (N.D. Ind. 2012)
- Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with federal civil and criminal investigations arising out of the Clean Air Act's risk management plan RAGAGEP provision, as well as the application of API 570 (Piping Inspection Code), API Recommended Practice 574 (Inspection Practices for Piping Components), API Recommended Practice 571 (Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry) and API Recommended Practice 939-C (Guidelines for Avoiding Sulfidation Corrosion Failures in Oil Refineries).
- Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with a federal criminal investigation arising out of the application of NSPS Subpart J to flaring operations at an oil refinery.
- Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with federal and state civil, criminal and administrative investigations arising out of the application of NSPS Subpart Kb to alleged storage vessels at upstream production facilities.
- Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with a variety of Title V regulatory concerns affecting Alaska offshore drilling platforms.
- Representation of a leading consumer chemical company in connection with the largest federal civil and criminal investigations in the history of the FIFRA program.
- Representation of various clients before the EPA's Office of Suspension and Debarment.
- Representation of cargo and other maritime industry clients in connection with allegations arising under MARPOL and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
- Representation of national homebuilding and major civil engineering and construction clients with regard to CWA compliance matters.
- Representation of national homebuilding clients in resolution of stormwater enforcement matters.
- Representation of a Fortune 500 private-sector coal company in connection with a state securities investigation into climate change disclosures.
- Representation of one of the largest pipeline companies in the United States in connection with multiple EPA, PHMSA, NTSB and state environmental investigations into releases from underground petroleum pipelines.
- Representation of a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of water treatment chemicals in connection with a post-Deepwater federal criminal investigation into alleged violations of the Clean Water Act on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with federal and state NPDES enforcement concerns at an oil refinery.
- Representation of a Fortune 200 leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and packaged meats in connection with a federal criminal investigation into allegations of unpermitted discharges of process wastewater. Provided advice and counsel in connection with the design and construction of a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system and associated NPDES permitting concerns.
- Representation of a global leader in specialty chemicals in connection with federal civil and criminal investigations arising out of an alleged failure to operate pollution control equipment at a wastewater treatment facility.
- Representation of one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers in connection with a federal criminal investigation into shipments of byproducts, co-products and co-products used as fuels.
- Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with civil, criminal and administrative investigations by the CSB and various state and local agencies into an explosion and fire at an oil refinery.
- Representation of a Fortune 50 energy company in connection with a mechanical integrity review of fixed equipment inspection and maintenance programs for oil refineries located throughout the United States, Canada and South Africa.
- Representation of one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers in connection with an internal investigation into the OSHA recordability of alleged exposure to a chemical manufactured by less than 10 facilities in the world.
Monitor and Compliance
- Court-appointed monitor over one of the world's largest cruise line companies in connection with the cruise line's conviction for intentional vessel pollution.
- Frequent advice and counsel to Fortune 500 energy, manufacturing, maritime, refining, oil and gas, and construction clients regarding best practices and design of regulatory compliance programs.
Awards & Community
Recognized in Chambers USA, 2020 & 2021
Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S., 2015-2019
Recognized as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2009, 2012-2019
Listed in the The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.), 2009-2019
Recognized as a Law360 MVP for Environmental, 2013
Named a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2018
Named an “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer" by National Law Journal, 2016
Environmental Law Reporter - Online, The
Global Legal Post, The
White Collar Update
National Association of Attorneys General, Section Co-author
EPA Prioritizes Criminal Enforcement Activity in Environmental Justice Communities: What Companies Need to KnowClient Updates
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