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Melissa M. Valle

Partner

Melissa is an experienced environmental practitioner, with a broad skill set, who serves as a strong advocate and wise advisor for her clients. She 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.

Melissa 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.

Prior to joining HSE as a key member of our environmental team, Melissa was a partner with Knauf Shaw, an environmental law boutique firm in Rochester, NY.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • New York State Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Petroleum Spills Committee
    • Member, Environmental and Energy Law Section
  • Chair, Air & Waste Management Association, Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association, Environmental Committee

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recipient, Forty Under 40 Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2023
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2020-2023

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York

EDUCATION

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., environmental studies and policy, summa cum laude

Melissa is an experienced environmental practitioner, with a broad skill set, who serves as a strong advocate and wise advisor for her clients. She 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.

Melissa 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.

Prior to joining HSE as a key member of our environmental team, Melissa was a partner with Knauf Shaw, an environmental law boutique firm in Rochester, NY.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • New York State Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Petroleum Spills Committee
    • Member, Environmental and Energy Law Section
  • Chair, Air & Waste Management Association, Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association, Environmental Committee

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recipient, Forty Under 40 Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2023
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2020-2023

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York

EDUCATION

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., environmental studies and policy, summa cum laude
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Melissa M. Valle