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Warren Dane



Dane’s practice focuses on environmental review of complex development projects, regulatory compliance counseling, renewable energy development, and environmental litigation.  His experience includes environmental review and permitting of development projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA); negotiation and resolution of environmental enforcement and compliance matters before state and local agencies, including under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program; advising clients on waterfront development projects; and representing clients in litigation under NEPA, SEQRA, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), including litigation concerning emerging contaminants like 1,4-Dioxane. Dane’s renewable energy practice is primarily focused on offshore wind, including representing Equinor Wind US in the permitting and development of the Empire Wind project.

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Dane clerked on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Dane is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review and was a Teaching Fellow for courses on Property, Energy Regulation, and Environmental Law.

New York Metro Super Lawyers, Environmental Law, Rising Star

“Environmental Litigation: Piercing the Corporate Veil,” Presenter

For: Strafford Webinars

March 2023

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA”

For: Syracuse Law Review


“Limits on CERCLA Recovery for Legacy Sites: Emerging Statute of Limitations Issues”

For: The Practical Real Estate Lawyer

September 2023

“An Ode to the Categorical Approach”

For: UCLA Law Review

November 2019

“The Impact of Weakening Chevron Deference on Environmental Deregulation”

For: Columbia Law Review

February 2018

Forced Migration After Paris COP21: Evaluating the Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility

For: Columbia Law Review

November 2016

Recent Debt Ceiling Legislation Includes Several Significant Changes to NEPA

On June 3, 2023, President Biden signed a legislative package lifting the federal debt ceiling that includes the first statutory amendments to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) since 1982.  While the legislation modified certain aspects of NEPA practice, many ...

CERCLA Claims and Statute of Limitation Issues: An Analysis

The remediation of decades-old hazardous waste sites has increasingly prompted defendants in CERCLA cases to assert the statute of limitations as a defense, revealing two inflection points that the CERCLA practitioner must navigate.  The first is whether a party has asserted a cost-recovery claim under CERCLA Section 107(...

NY Office of Renewable Energy Siting Issues Draft Regulations to Facilitate Swift Development of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

On September 16, 2020, the newly formed Office of Renewable Energy Siting (“ORES”) issued draft regulations intended to streamline permitting and development of large-scale renewable energy projects in New York State.  The draft regulations, which are now available for public comment, reflect New York’...

New FERC Order No. 872 Likely to Increase Regulatory Burden on Small Renewable Energy Facilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued Final Order No. 872, implementing sweeping changes to the regulations that implement the Public Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, also known as PURPA.  Although the Commission described the changes as a move to “modernize the Commission’s interpretation of PURPA,” the new ...

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Publish Final “Waters of the United States” Rule

On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (together, the “Agencies”) published a final rule in the Federal Register redefining the term “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”).  The Agencies previously issued pre-publication notice of the ...

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2017

Texas A&M University, B.S., 2014

New York, 2019

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Hon. Alvin K. Hellerstein of the United States District Court, S.D.N.Y., New York (2017-2018)

Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz of the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Baltimore (2018-2019)