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Steven P. Solow

Washington, DC Office

Steven P. Solow is head of the White Collar, Investigations and Compliance practice in the firm's Washington, DC office and a member of the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice. Steve is also a member of Katten's Board of Directors. 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. Clients say Steve "understands the business aspects as well as the legal aspects, and he understands the company's viewpoint" (Chambers USA).

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.

Steve was recently appointed by a US Federal District Court Judge to serve as the Court Appointed Monitor (CAM) over the world's largest cruise line company following the company's plea to criminal charges related to vessel pollution.

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. Steve was named a Senior Fellow of the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. The Center studies and supports private sector responsibility and public accountability; promotes thinking and scholarship on business and normative ethics; and provides research assistance to the Center's many stakeholders. Steve was sought out by the Zicklin Center because of his experience in identifying the root causes behind regulatory non-compliance. He has participated in Wharton programs designed to examine ways for US and international businesses and financial institutions to reduce the likelihood of compliance failures. 

Shown below is a selection of Steven’s engagements.

  • Representation of a full-service machine shop in negotiating a significantly revised administrative agreement with the EPA's Office of Suspension and Debarment. The EPA agreed to revise the prior agreement, which was pursuant to a CWA statutory debarment and discretionary suspension, to more fairly reflect the client's business model and business expansion efforts.
  • Representation of one of the largest water services providers in the United States in a hearing before the EPA's Office of Suspension and Debarment—in opposition to the client's post-indictment suspension—resulting in the lifting of the suspension. An agreement to lift the suspension was obtained before trial, and the client was subsequently acquitted on all charges.
  • Representation of a Fortune 10 oil and gas company in both civil and criminal investigations related to environmental and workplace safety issues.
  • Court-appointed monitor over one of the world’s largest cruise line companies in connection with the cruise line’s conviction for intentional vessel pollution.
  • Representation of a client through extensive environmental compliance obligations imposed as terms and conditions of state-issued criminal probation.
  • Representation of one of the world's largest providers of wastewater management solutions in a CWA federal jury trial leading to acquittal of the client on all charges.
  • Representation of a leading lawn and garden manufacturer in one of the largest FIFRA civil and criminal enforcement matters.
  • Provision of routine advice to a national homebuilding and major civil engineering and construction client with regard to CWA stormwater compliance matters. Participated in the negotiation of an agreement with federal regulators to resolve alleged stormwater violations. Assist client in the assessment and implementation of stormwater compliance plans.


Super Lawyers, 2009, 2012–2017

The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers

The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers
Law360, MVP – Environmental, 2013
Legal 500, 2015–2017
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2016–2018

National Law Journal

National Law Journal, Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2016
Best Lawyers in America, 2009–2018

Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award

Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award, 2012
Chambers USA - Ranked In, 2010–2017
February 7, 2017
Co-author, Criminal Prosecution of Environmental and Workplace Safety Incidents Through DOJ's New Worker Endangerment Initiative, White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Winter/Spring 2017
December 2016
Co-author, The State of Workplace Safety and Environmental Criminal Enforcement in 2015, EHS Strategies, Bloomberg BNA, Volume 2016, Number 2
Co-author, Criminal Justice Standards and the Role of the Prosecutor in Criminal Investigations, The State of Criminal Justice 2010, ABA Criminal Justice Section, Third Edition
Co-author, Environmental Criminal Enforcement, Environmental Litigation, ABA Litigation Section, Third Edition
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"
June 17, 2014
Co-Presenter | An Overview of Environmental Criminal Enforcement: 2013 and Beyond | Bloomberg BNA EHS Webinar | Washington, DC
June 5, 2014
Moderator | Lessons Learned: Trial of an Environmental Criminal Case | The American Law Institute CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws Conference | Washington, DC
April 28, 2014
Presenter | Maritime Criminal Law: Risks and Costs | Gard's Charterers and Traders Seminar | New York
April 24–25, 2014
Panelist | Trends in Cross Border Investigations | American Bar Association's Sixth Annual National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Council | Washington, DC
August 16, 2011
Presenter | EPA Criminal Enforcement on the Rise: Strategies to Prepare for and Respond to Environmental Investigations | Strafford Publications Webinar/Teleconference | Washington, DC
June 9–11, 2011
Panelist | Current Issues in Health, Safety and Environmental Law | International Bar Association's (IBA) 14th Annual Transnational Crime Conference | Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 2, 2011
Presenter | Environmental Crimes Enforcement Update | Mercer ORDC Networks Corporate Environmental Forum Meeting | Washington, DC
January 28, 2011
Moderator | Environmental Crime: Enforcement Initiatives and Defense Strategies | Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia on White Collar Crime | Atlanta, Georgia
Steven P. Solow


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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


Super Lawyers
2009, 2012–2017

The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers

MVP – Environmental, 2013
Legal 500
Benchmark Litigation
Local Litigation Star, 2016–2018

National Law Journal

Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2016
Best Lawyers in America

Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award

Chambers USA - Ranked In
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