Steven P. Solow is co-head of the firm’s Environmental Practice, as well as co-head of the White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations and Compliance Practice in the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on business crimes, internal investigations, corporate compliance and security programs, and environmental civil and criminal litigation. Former chief of the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section, Mr. Solow regularly 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.
Mr. Solow’s relevant experience includes the following:
- Represents 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.
- Counsels senior management and corporate boards of directors on corporate best practices and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
- Counsels major energy companies on the regulatory standards applicable to all energy sources—including hydraulic fracturing—as well as security and site vulnerability assessments
- Represents major US and foreign corporations on domestic and international regulatory matters and litigation.
- Represents major international shipping concerns in connection with maritime and environmental matters involving the US Coast Guard and other agencies.
Mr. Solow is experienced in complex investigation and litigation. As chief of the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section, he 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.
Mr. Solow also is experienced in audits, internal compliance and prevention and detection programs, and voluntary disclosures. As a member of the US Attorney General’s White Collar Crime Council, Mr. Solow worked closely with US Attorney’s Offices and numerous federal investigative agencies, including DOT-IG, EPA-CID, FBI, US Coast Guard, Customs, DCIS, CIA, Interpol and state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. He also has worked as a consultant to US EPA and private sector clients. Mr. Solow 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.
Mr. Solow is co-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Subcommittee on Corporate Criminal Liability, and a member of the Advisory Board for BNA’s White Collar Crime Report. He also is the reporter for the ABA Criminal Justice Standards on Prosecutorial Investigations, recently developed by the ABA’s Criminal Justice Standards Committee and adopted by the ABA in 2008.
Mr. Solow has taught and written extensively on topics related to regulatory enforcement, corporate and managerial criminal liability and Department of Justice policies on individual and corporate liability. Forums have included the FBI National Academy, the DOJ National Advocacy Center, the Wharton School of Business, National Practice Institute, USAID, Federal Judicial Center, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, ALI-ABA Courses on White Collar Crime and Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Law, Interpol and other professional, business and educational institutions. Mr. Solow has 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. Mr. Solow is ranked as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
2012), was listed among The Best Lawyers in America
2013), has been included in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
(2009, 2012–2013), and is listed in The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers
Mr. Solow earned his BA in history from Brown University and his JD from New York University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Review of Law and Social Change
and was the recipient of the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal. He is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.