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Sahana
Rao

Associate

Sahana
Rao

Associate

Sahana’s practice includes environmental and land use law, litigation, and regulatory compliance. Since joining the firm in 2016, Sahana has worked on litigation at both the state and federal level, dealing with a variety of issues such as local zoning and land use laws, environmental impact review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and enforcement of federal environmental laws including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Clean Water Act. In addition, Sahana has worked on brownfields remediation and she has extensive experience with environmental due diligence review. Recently, Sahana has been tracking federal and state developments with respect to emerging contaminants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane.

Prior to joining the firm, Sahana completed her J.D. at New York University School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal and Communications & Careers Chair of the Environmental Law Society. While at N.Y.U., Sahana engaged in clinical work with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Policy Integrity. She also completed a summer internship at the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, where she focused on Clean Water Act and regulatory takings issues. Sahana earned her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in Earth and Environmental Science in 2013.

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NYU School of Law, J.D., 2016

University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2013, summa cum laude

New York, 2017