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Victoria S. Treanor, a 2009 graduate of Harvard Law School, concentrates her practice on environmental law, litigation, and land use issues. Since joining the firm in September 2009, she has worked on matters concerning environmental impact reviews, brownfield redevelopment, litigation for the recovery of cleanup costs for hazardous wastes and petroleum contamination, state wetland permits, and nuclear power plant relicensing. She has experience with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the New York State Navigation Law, common law claims for relief in environmental matters, and other laws. She has worked on complex multimillion-dollar lawsuits on behalf of corporate and government clients as well as lawsuits and regulatory matters on behalf of small businesses and individuals.

While in law school, Victoria was a board member of the Harvard Environmental Law Society and a member of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She participated in Harvard’s Green Cities clinic, interned at the New York City Law Department, Environmental Law Division, and worked at SPR.


Queens West Development Corporation

Location: Long Island City, NY | Date: 2014

SPR represents Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), a subsidiary of New York State's Empire State Development (ESD), in connection with New York's largest mixed use public-private development. During the early planning stages of this major initiative to redevelop a 74-acre area of the Long Island City waterfront, the firm provided environmental and land use counsel to the Urban Development Corporation (now d/b/a ESD) in connection with development of the General Project Plan and the environmental impact statement (EIS) process. It subsequently represented ESD in successfully defeating litigation challenging the adequacy of the EIS. The firm has handled all waterfront permitting issues for the development of parks and the waterfront esplanade, which involved obtaining permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other agencies.

The firm represented QWDC over CERCLA action for response costs and settled. The firm assists in connection with all aspects of remediation of legacy contamination from the area's long and varied industrial uses, including remedies under auspices of either the State's Voluntary Cleanup Program or the Brownfield Cleanup Program, recently representing QWDC in a case over response costs. The litigation recently settled.

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA,” co-authors Mark A. Chertok and Victoria S. Treanor

For: 67 Syracuse Law Review 897


“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA”, co-authors Mark A. Chertok and Victoria S. Treanor

For: 66 Syracuse Law Review 905


“Ethical Considerations for the Clean Air Act Attorney,” with Daniel Riesel (as Victoria Shiah)

For: The American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, Environmental Law Course of Study


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Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Bethpage Water District Claims Against Northrop Grumman

On March 3, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal on summary judgment, as time-barred, of claims brought by the Bethpage Water District (“BWD”) against Northrop Grumman Corporation for the alleged contamination of its ...

WOTUS Rule Litigation Abounds — New York State and Others Sue EPA and Army Corps over Delayed Implementation of Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

On February 6, 2018, New York State filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (together, “the agencies”) for the suspension of a 2015 regulation seeking to clarify the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), dubbed ...

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SPR is proud that thirteen of its environmental lawyers have been recognized as “Super Lawyers” by the eponymous ratings service. Michael S. ...

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2009

Harvard College, B.A., 2003, Magna Cum Laude

New York, 2010

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Member, NYS Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of the City of New York; was a member of the Committee on International Environmental Law

2010 graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute

Admitted in New York State, SDNY, EDNY