Gail Suchman is a partner in the Real Estate, Energy, Land Use & Environmental Practice Group in the firm's New York office.
Areas of Practice
Gail has more than 30 years’ experience in all facets of environmental and energy law and policy, advising clients on transactions, litigation and regulatory matters. Her practice includes permitting and compliance, transactional due diligence, litigation and legislative matters. Gail 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, sustainability and resilience.
Prior to private practice Gail had a long career in public service, including more than ten years as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, three years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V, in Chicago, and three years as regional director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She taught for several years Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development Law at Columbia Law School and Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and was co-founder of the Urban Design Lab for Sustainable Development at Columbia’s Earth Institute. In 2003-4, she was invited to South Africa as visiting faculty at the University of Cape Town Law School and to advise the new government on environmental legislation and regulation.
Gail also served as senior environmental counsel for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, representing communities in litigation and legislative work involving solid waste management, energy, brownfields, and environmental justice.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating - Real Estate Law
Recommended Attorney - Environmental, The Legal 500, 2020
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Top National Lawyer in Climate Change and Environmental Law, 2008-2022
The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law and Environmental Law, 2018-2023
New York Metro Super Lawyer and Top Women Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2013-2022
Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group for 10 years
New York City Mayor Bloomberg's Task Force on Energy Policy for 12 years
Senior Specialist, Fulbright Scholarship Board/Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Energy Law Blog Posts
- "SheppardMullin Six: Groundbreaking BOEM Lease Sale in New York Bight Further Accelerates Offshore Wind Development in the Atlantic," January 20, 2022
- "Six Key Things to be Aware of in the Development of Floating Offshore Wind in California," May 27, 2021
Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Law Blog Posts
Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts
- "House Passes Bill Requiring SEC to Define Mandatory ESG Metrics," June 22, 2021
- Presented by Sheppard Mullin and SLR, Webinar, 06.09.2022
Member, New York City Bar Association
Member, Environmental Law Section, New York State Bar Association
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
J.D., Boston College Law School, 1979
B.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 1976, with honors
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits
- U.S. Supreme Court