Martin B. Wasser, a litigation partner with a broad practice encompassing environmental law, matrimonial law, entertainment—music representations, and governmental relations, is the head of the Environmental Law Department. Prior to joining the law firm in 1977, Mr. Wasser was law clerk to Justice Robert C. Williams of the New York State Supreme Court. Between 1975 and 1977, he served as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Mr. Wasser has been involved in a national and international practice encompassing all aspects of environmental counseling and regulatory enforcement. His diversified practice has included enforcement litigation and appellate practice involving the Love Canal, Hyde Park and S-Area landfills in Niagara Falls, New York and permitting and litigation regarding the New York City-owned Fresh Kills landfill, the world’s largest landfill, on Staten Island, New York. An experienced practitioner, he has been involved in significant multi-party CERCLA cases throughout the country, taking a lead role in negotiations with governmental entities and organizing and supervising alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He achieved a major victory in Commander Oil Corp. v. Barlo Equipment Corp., 215 F.3d 321 (2d Cir.), cert denied, 531 U.S. 979 (2000), in which the Court of Appeals reversed an $850,000 damage award against a subtenant who was initially found liable as a Superfund owner. The decision established new precedent and guidelines governing the landlord-tenant relationship in the context of Superfund responsibility.
Mr. Wasser secured reimbursement from the federal government of more than $1.2 million in costs incurred to comply with a directed remedial action by successfully appealing a United States Coast Guard CERCLA § 106 administrative order before the EPA Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Wasser’s matrimonial practice includes a variety of matters such as negotiation of separation and divorce agreements, prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements, and child custody cases. He represents clients in courts throughout the State.
Mr. Wasser has also represented numerous individuals and companies involved in the music and entertainment industries, as well as prominent artists and galleries in the field of fine arts.
Mr. Wasser has lectured and written extensively and has served on the board of editors of the Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy newsletter.
Peer Review Rating:
- Selected as a "Super Lawyer" for four years (2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011) in Environmental law in the New York Super Lawyers - Metro Editions
- Selected as a “Super Lawyer” in Environmental Law in the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition
- 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law (published by American Lawyer Media)
- New York State Bar Association