Michael B. Gerrard

Michael B. Gerrard

Senior Counsel

Michael Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. Until late 2008, he was the head of the New York office. 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.

Mr. Gerrard 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 eleven 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: US and International Aspects (ABA 2012), Global Climate Change and US Law (ABA 2014. 2d ed., co-edited with Jody Freeman), 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.

Mr. Gerrard has lectured on environmental law in Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Canada, Israel, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, the Marshall Islands, Brazil, and Chile, as well as throughout the United States.


Emergency Exemptions From Environmental Laws Applicable to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Coronavirus: Environmental Advisory
Governor Cuomo Proposes $3 Billion 'Restore Mother Nature' Bond Act (pdf)
New York Law Journal, Vol. 263, No. 48
New York Environmental Legislation In 2019 (pdf)
New York Law Journal, Vol. 263, No. 6
Recent Developments Concerning Agency Guidance Documents (pdf)
New York Law Journal
Annual Review of Developments Under SEQRA (pdf)
New York Law Journal, Vol. 262, No. 52


Best Lawyers
Litigation: Environmental (2011-2020)
"New York City Lawyer of the Year" – Environmental (2010, 2012, 2019)
Who's Who Legal
"Thought Leader" – Environment (2017-2018)
Environmental Lawyers (2012)
Environmental Lawyers – "Most Highly Regarded Individual - Global" (2008, 2009, 2011)
Leading Environmental Lawyer in New York
Lawdragon 500
(2005, 2009-2010, 2013)


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1978, Root-Tilden Scholar
  • BA, Columbia University, 1972
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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