HSE Recruits Leading Environmental Attorney to its Rochester, New York Office

Rochester, New York, December 18, 2023 – Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, announced today that Melissa M. Valle has joined its Rochester, New York office as a partner in its Environmental, Land Use and Zoning practice.

Valle is an experienced environmental attorney who counsels and represents clients with respect to all manner of environmental legal issues, including regulatory compliance, permitting and enforcement; environmental litigation, including complex cases involving CERCLA and petroleum liability; SEQRA; due diligence; cleanup of contaminated properties; and Brownfield redevelopment.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to move my practice to Harter Secrest & Emery,” said Valle. “The Firm’s environmental practice has an exceptional reputation, and the Firm’s full-service platform really complements my approach to addressing my clients’ needs holistically while creating solutions that benefit all involved parties.”

Valle utilizes her experience, understanding of technical environmental issues, creative problem-solving, and energetic advocacy to help clients identify, analyze, and mitigate environmental risks; negotiate settlements and other types of resolution with government agencies and third parties; and, when necessary, pursue litigation to protect and further her clients’ interests.

“Melissa is a tremendous addition to the firm’s Environmental, Land Use and Zoning practice,” said Craig S. Wittlin, Harter Secrest & Emery Managing Partner. “Her skill set, experience and approach to client service is a natural fit for the firm’s culture and practice.”

Valle currently serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Petroleum Spills Committee and as a member of its Environmental and Energy Law section. She also serves as a chair of the Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association.

Prior to joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Valle was a partner with Knauf Shaw, an environmental law boutique firm in Rochester, New York. Valle earned a J.D., cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law, and a B.S. in environmental studies and policy, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Harter Secrest & Emery Environmental, Land Use and Zoning attorneys help clients with all environmental aspects of their businesses, deals, and projects; guide businesses through the maze of local, state, and federal environmental regulations, zoning requirements, and cleanup obligations; and protect clients from environmental risk in the acquisition and sale of businesses and real property. The practice is recognized by Chambers and Partners, and nationally, in the Best Law Firms® survey.

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