Steven P. Solow

Washington, DC Office
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Steven P. Solow is co-head of Katten's Environmental and Workplace Safety practice and co-head of the White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations and Compliance practice in the firm's Washington, DC office. Steve is also a member of Katten's Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He 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 and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Major energy companies seek Steve’s advice on the regulatory standards applicable to all energy sources—including hydraulic fracturing—as well as security and site vulnerability assessments. He also provides experienced representation to major international shipping concerns in connection with maritime and environmental matters involving the US Coast Guard and other agencies.

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)

Formerly chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Environmental Crimes Section, Steve supervised 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 compliance and prevention and detection programs and voluntary disclosures is enhanced by his government service. As a member of the US Attorney General’s White Collar Crime Council, he worked closely with US Attorney’s Offices and numerous federal investigative agencies, including the US Department of Transportation Inspector General (DOT-IG), Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigations Division (EPA-CID), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Coast Guard, Customs, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Interpol and state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. He also has worked as a consultant to the EPA and private sector clients. Steve was a prosecutor with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force for five years. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold L. Murphy of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Steve is a prolific speaker, providing training at the FBI National Academy, DOJ National Advocacy Center, Wharton School of Business, National Practice Institute, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Federal Judicial Center, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Interpol and other professional, business and educational institutions. He is a member of BNA’s White Collar Crime Report advisory board. Steve served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and Pace University School of Law. 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.

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Law360, MVP – Environmental, 2013

The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers

The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America, 2009–2015
Chambers USA, 2010–2014
Super Lawyers, 2009, 2012–2014
September/October 2005
Co-author, Is It Time to Disclose Climate Risks?, Executive Counsel
Firm News
March 5, 2013
Partner Steve Solow Interviewed by Daily Environment Report's The Week Ahead for "The Biggest Environmental Crime Stories of 2012"
Speaking Engagements
June 17, 2014
Bloomberg BNA EHS Webinar | Washington, DC
June 5, 2014
The American Law Institute CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws Conference | Washington, DC
April 28, 2014
Gard's Charterers and Traders Seminar | New York, New York
April 24–25, 2014
American Bar Association's Sixth Annual National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Council | Washington, DC
August 16, 2011
Strafford Publications Webinar/Teleconference | Washington, DC
June 9–11, 2011
International Bar Association's (IBA) 14th Annual Transnational Crime Conference | Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 2, 2011
Mercer ORDC Networks Corporate Environmental Forum Meeting | Washington, DC
January 28, 2011
Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia on White Collar Crime | Atlanta, Georgia


  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BA, Brown University

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


MVP – Environmental, 2013

The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers

2009, 2012–2014
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