Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York J.D., Environmental Law and International Law Certificates, 1996
Cook College – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey B.S., Human Ecology, Public Policy Minor, 1992
John L. Parker
John Louis Parker is a Partner with Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz PLLC where he leads the Environmental, Energy, and Resources Practice Group. John has been an environmental attorney for over two decades. He brings a wealth of experience and specialized environmental expertise in matters involving the Environmental Conservation Law, Clean Water Act enforcement, and the Navigation Law, including contaminated site remediation, Superfund litigation, and brownfield redevelopment. He represents clients in environmental litigation matters in State and Federal court, and in administrative law and permitting proceedings. He also represents clients in SEQRA reviews and in Article 78 proceedings.
Mr. Parker is the Chair of the Legislation Committee for the Environmental and Energy Law Section of the New York State Bar Association where he also serves as a member of its Executive Committee. He leads the Annual Legislative Forum each Spring in Albany. He received the Section Council award in 2017.
He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list in 2021 and 2022.
Mr. Parker served as the Regional Attorney at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for the Lower Hudson Valley - Catskill Region. His role as general counsel and chief legal representative was expansive, leading enforcement and compliance efforts in numerous regulatory programs, such as clean water, clean air, solid waste, petroleum, pesticides, and the superfund and brownfields remedial programs. He also worked extensively on many environmental permitting matters and on significant SEQRA reviews.
He began his legal career as Counsel to the Chairman of the State Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. There, he worked on complex investigations including a review of the efforts to clean the Hudson River under the Superfund program and he developed policy and legislative proposals on a variety of environmental topics. These efforts led to the drafting and negotiating of the first comprehensive brownfields legislation in New York State.
Mr. Parker has taken leadership roles in significant environmental initiatives in the region involving clean water and climate change. He has also served as Director of Legal Programs at Riverkeeper.
Mr. Parker has written articles for The New York Environmental Lawyer where he also published a regular quarterly column on NYSDEC. His publications in professional journals, law reviews, including the Environmental Law Practice Series, have focused on emerging contaminants, climate change challenges, energy law, and environmental governance in New York.
Mr. Parker is the author of numerous professional articles including the following:
Mr. Parker professional engagements include the following:
Mr. Parker’s lectures include the following:
Mr. Parker is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and New York and Connecticut State Courts.
Mr. Parker received a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University (Cook College) and his Juris Doctor degree from Pace Law School, where he focused on environmental law and international law.