(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP today announced that Steven P. Solow, partner and co-head of the firm’s Environmental Practice, was given a 2012 Burton Award for Distinguished Writing for his article “The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2010,” which was published by the Bureau of National Affairs’ Daily Environment Report. Additionally, Anne M. Carpenter, an associate in Katten’s Environmental Practice, was recognized as a co-author. The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Library of Congress.

“This distinguished award is a wonderful tribute not only to Steve’s breadth of knowledge and experience in the environmental sector, but also his talent as a skilled author,” said Vincent A. F. Sergi, Katten’s national managing partner. “Steve has also been instrumental in establishing an impressive and accomplished environmental practice at the firm.”

The article authored by Mr. Solow and Ms. Carpenter is the 2010 edition of an annual review of environmental crime enforcement and summaries of criminal cases brought around the country. The article analyzes the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and what it may mean for the criminal prosecution of violations of environmental laws, and questions whether the extensive resources being used in the criminal investigation of the spill may impede the government’s ability to investigate environmental crimes beyond the Gulf.

Mr. Solow is the former chief of the Environmental Crimes Section at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). He represents companies and individuals in business crimes, internal investigations, corporate compliance and security programs, and environmental civil and criminal litigation. He also develops compliance programs designed to address both corporate and government expectations.

At the DOJ, Mr. Solow supervised 30 federal prosecutors and oversaw the prosecution of environmental criminal cases nationwide, and coordinated international law enforcement initiatives. He is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to regulatory enforcement, corporate and managerial criminal liability, and DOJ policies on individual and corporate liability. Mr. Solow served as the reporter for the ABA Criminal Justice Standards on Prosecutorial Investigations, and co-authored “Criminal Justice Standards and the Role of the Prosecutor in Criminal Investigations” in the ABA publication The State of Criminal Justice 2010.

Katten’s Environmental Practice offers clients an interdisciplinary, strategic approach to managing environmental issues. A wide range of major U.S. and foreign corporations rely on the firm for guidance on domestic and international regulatory, transactional, litigation, and compliance matters. Katten represents clients in the manufacturing, chemical, energy, construction, transportation, shipping and technology industries in connection with their most pressing legal issues.