E. Gail Suchman has over 25 years of experience in all facets of environmental and energy law and policy. She has taught at Columbia Law School, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and is co-founder of the Urban Design Lab for Sustainable Development at Columbia’s Earth Institute. Ms. Suchman’s practice includes permitting and compliance, transactional due diligence, litigation and legislative matters. She is a leading practitioner on issues relating to climate change and carbon emissions. She works closely with real estate and industrial developers on traditional environmental and land use matters, as well as community outreach and green design, and advises on socially responsible investment.

Ms. Suchman began her legal career as an enforcement attorney at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region V, in Chicago. She spent over ten years as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s office and served for three years as regional director for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. For six years, as senior environmental counsel for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Ms. Suchman represented communities in litigation and transactional matters involving solid waste management, energy, brownfields and environmental justice. She co-authored Brownfields Basics: A Guide to Rebuilding Our Communities and assisted in drafting brownfields legislation in several states. In 2003, she was invited to South Africa to advise the government on legislative, regulatory and enforcement matters.


  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as Top National Lawyer in Climate Change and Environmental Law since 2008
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers since 2013
  • Featured in The New York Times Magazine as one of the top women lawyers in New York State, as recognized by Super Lawyers magazine in its 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group
    (2005 – 2010)
  • New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Energy Policy (2003 − 2012)
  • Senior Specialist, Fulbright Scholarship Board/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (2003-2008)


  • Member, New York City Bar Association
    • Chair, International Environmental Law Committee
  • Member, Environmental Law Section, New York State Bar Association
    • Member,  Executive Committee
  • Member, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section, American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Environmental Advocates of New York
  • Board of Directors (Secretary), Green Light New York – Building Energy Exchange


Recently taught or delivered academic or professional lectures to myriad graduate and environmental audiences at:
  • Albany Law School
  • American Water Resources Association International Congress
  • Association of Real Estate Women
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Bronx Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction Lunch
  • Citadel LLC
  • Columbia University
  • École De Formation Professionnelle Des Barreaux de la Cour d’Appel (Paris)
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Fordham University
  • Harvard University
  • J.P. Morgan/Chase
  • Legal Resources Centre (Durban, South Africa)
  • Municipal Arts Society
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York University
  • Platts Annual Carbon Trading Conference
  • Platts Global Power Markets Conference
  • Pratt Institute
  • Save the Sound Annual Conference
  • St. John’s School of Law
  • Strafford Publications, Inc.
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Tew Cardenas Executive Retreat
  • University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • University of Rome (Italy)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Fora
  • Weeden & Co.


  • "Power Up in the Air: The EPA Regulations," Pratt's Energy Law Report, September 2015, Vol. 15-8
  • “Power Up in the Air (Part II): EPA’s Proposed Regulations for New and Existing Power Plants,” Stroock Positive Energy, April 2015
  • “Power Up in the Air (Part I): EPA CSAPR and MATS Regulations,” Stroock Positive Energy, November 2014
  • Co-author, “Control Over Cable Provider Access Revisited,” New York Law Journal, May 7, 2014
  • Co-author, “A Tale of Two PACEs: Commercial Success vs. Residential Repose,” Stroock Special Bulletin, March 15, 2013
  • Co-author, “Renewables Renewed,” Stroock Special Bulletin, February 14, 2013
  • Co-author, “Emerging Insurance Issues in the Debate over ‘Fracking,’” Insurance Coverage Law Report, December/January 2013
  • Co-author, “New York City’s Zoning Resolution Becomes Greener,” Stroock Special Bulletin, May 3, 2012
  • Co-author, “Tax Credits – What’s Out There,” Habitat Magazine, January 10, 2011
  • “EPA’s Proposed ‘Transport Rule’ Raises Questions for Power,” Bloomberg Law Reports, December 22, 2010
  • Co-author, “Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Emerging Technique for Financing Energy Efficiency Encounters New Obstacles,” Bloomberg Law Reports: Sustainable Energy, September 2010
  • “Energy and Green Building: Low-down on how city will affect high rises,” Real Estate Weekly, March 31, 2010
  • Co-author, Stroock’s Guide to Greenhouse Gas Regulation, Third Edition, March 2010
  • Co-author, “NYC’s Green Building Law: A Comprehensive Mandate for Energy Efficiency and Emissions Reduction from Existing Buildings,” Stroock Real Estate Practice Group Special Bulletin, February 22, 2010
  • Co-author, “Update on the US Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program,” Stroock Special Bulletin, October 1, 2009
  • “New York State Requires Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Environmental Impact Review,” Stroock Special Bulletin, July 28, 2009
  • Co-author, “The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009: An Overview of its Cap-and-Trade Provisions,” New York Law Journal, May 4, 2009
  • Co-author, “EPA’s Proposed Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases,” Stroock Special Bulletin, April 22, 2009
  • Co-author, “New City Procedures Assist Developers, Owners and the Environment,” Stroock Special Bulletin, April 2, 2009
  • Co-author, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: An Overview of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Provisions,” Stroock Special Bulletin, February 17, 2009
  • Co-author, “The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008: Investing in the Green Economy Through Renewable Energy Tax Credits, Tax-Exempt Bonds and Green Building Incentives,” Stroock Special Bulletin, November 26, 2008
  • Co-author, “The Sprint for Independence,” Asset Securitization Report, October 20, 2008
  • “Carbon Due Diligence: What Is It And Why Do It?” Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal, Summer 2008
  • Chapter Co-author, “Controlling Residential Exposure,” The Law of Environmental Justice (ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Second Edition), 2008
  • Chapter author, “Environmental Regulations and Liabilities of Real Estate Investment Trusts,” Real Estate Investment Trusts (Thomson West), 2008
  • “New York State Brownfields Law Modified by Legislature,” Stroock Special Bulletin, July 1, 2008
  • Co-author, Stroock’s Guide to Greenhouse Gas Regulation, Second Edition, July 2008
  • “The Greening of Hotels,” Stroock Hospitality Industry Practice Group Newsletter, Fall 2007
  • Co-author, “State and Regional Initiatives: Inconsistencies Call for Federal Regulation,” New York Law Journal, September 24, 2007


Massachusetts; New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court


J.D., Boston College Law School, 1979

B.S., Northwestern University, 1976



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