Michael Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. Until late 2008, he headed the New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP, and he is currently Senior Counsel to the firm. He has practiced environmental law in New York since 1979. He has tried numerous cases and argued many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals, and handled the environmental aspects of many transactions and development projects.
He has chaired the American Bar Association's 10,000-member Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar, and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Environment Lawyers, based on 4,000 questionnaires, reported that Mr. Gerrard "received more personal nominations for this guide than any other lawyer in the world." He has also been rated by Chambers USA and Who's Who Legal as the leading environmental lawyer in New York.
Mr. Gerrard has written or edited ten books, two of which were named Best Law Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers: the twelve-volume Environmental Law Practice Guide (Matthew Bender 1992) and the four-volume Brownfields Law and Practice (Matthew Bender 1998). His most recent books are The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: U.S. and International Aspects (ABA 2012), Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (ABA 2007), The Law of Green Buildings (ABA 2010), and The Law of Clean Energy: Efficiency and Renewables (ABA 2011). Since 1986 he has written an environmental law column for the New York Law Journal, and since 1989 he has edited a monthly newsletter, Environmental Law in New York.
He has lectured on environmental law in Great Britain, Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Canada, China, India, Japan, and Chile, as well as throughout the United States.
The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers 2012
Environmental Advocates of New York, Advocate Award 2007
Best Lawyers "New York Environmental Lawyer of the Year" 2010 and 2012
The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2014 for Litigation: Environmental
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 for Environmental and Climate Change
Recognized in Corporate Board Member Magazine
Lawdragon 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" 2005, 2009-2010, 2013
New York Super Lawyers 2011 for Environmental Litigation
New York Super Lawyers 2007, 2008: Rated as one of the top 100 lawyers in New York
PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook 2009: Leading for Environment: Regulatory/Planning
The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers 2011, 2009 and 2008: "Most Highly Regarded Individual - Global"
Recognized by The Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Environment Lawyers 2005-2008. Based on 4,000 questionnaires, Michael Gerrard "received more personal nominations for this guide than any other lawyer in the world."
Who's Who Legal: The leading environmental lawyer in New York