Chadbourne & Parke LLP has announced that it has formed a Climate Change practice to help clients with the legal and economic impact of global warming. The team will be spearheaded by former New York Gov. George E. Pataki and John P. Cahill, former Commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, both of whom joined Chadbourne in 2007.
The practice will work for clients grappling with the ramifications of global warming as they seek to develop new business opportunities, energy sources and technologies, and to take creative approaches to climate change. It represents a natural progression of Chadbourne's longstanding top tier work in its project finance, insurance/ reinsurance, environmental and corporate practices.
Mr. Pataki and Mr. Cahill worked on numerous climate change initiatives, including the adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, implementation of the nation's first green building tax credit, and programs to enhance the production and use of alternative energy like biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells and clean coal. Mr. Pataki is currently co-chairing the Independent Task Force on Global Climate Change, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is focusing on climate change issues as a member of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations' General Assembly.
The multi-disciplinary Climate Change practice also draws on the experience of Chadbourne's transactional, insurance, regulatory, energy, environmental, litigation and public policy attorneys, and includes expertise in market-based carbon cap and trade programs.
In addition to Mr. Pataki and Mr. Cahill, other attorneys playing key roles in the practice are insurance and reinsurance partner Joy Langford and environmental partner Andrew Giaccia, both of the Washington, DC, office; project finance partner Todd Alexander and corporate partners Kevin Smith, Sey-Hyo Lee and Jonathan Melmed, all of the New York office; Edward Zaelke and Adam Umanoff of the Los Angeles office; and David Schumacher in Houston. Also playing roles in the practice will be Denis Petkovic and Agnieszka Klich in London, Laura Brank in Moscow, Jack Greenwald in Dubai and Igor Muszynski in Warsaw.
Chadbourne's London operation has enjoyed steady growth and activity in recent months. In December, it announced that three partners from the London firm of Berwin Leighton Paisner, Jon Nash, Sohail Barkatali and Agnieszka Klich, were joining the project finance practice as a team, with a focus on Middle East and Africa transactions.