About Steven P. Solow
Businesses and individuals turn to Steve Solow for representation in criminal investigations and prosecutions, regulatory compliance matters and high-stakes civil litigation. A former organized-crime prosecutor in New York, he was chief of the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and brings senior prosecutorial experience and mastery of technical issues across a wide range of industries. He is known for his efficient management of internal investigations and complex cases, and for his strategic guidance in crisis situations.
From the worksite to the courtroom
Steve assists clients with incident response, internal investigations, grand jury investigations, regulatory enforcement and litigation. He has represented senior executives, attorneys, plant managers, closely held companies and some of the largest multinational corporations in cases brought by the DOJ and by state and local prosecutors.
Steve understands how business issues intersect with legal obligations. He can quickly and effectively assess legal risks and develop a sound strategic approach, particularly in unexpected enforcement matters. He understands the expectations of regulators and enforcers. That is why clients seek out Steve to respond to investigations, and to assess compliance challenges
His clients span a wide range of industries, from major energy companies to manufacturing, construction, pipeline, transportation (including maritime) and numerous other heavily regulated businesses. He also guides companies required to use court-appointed monitors, and currently serves as a court-appointed monitor overseeing the probation-compliance obligations of the world's largest cruise line.
Steve clerked for Judge Harold L. Murphy of the Northern District of Georgia before returning to New York to serve as a prosecutor with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force.
- High-stakes civil and criminal litigation
- Responding to government investigations
- Internal investigations
- Compliance programs
- Complex environmental and other regulatory matters
- Trial of case resulting in across-the-board acquittal of a 26-count criminal indictment in the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
- Represented Fortune 50 energy company in federal civil and criminal investigations arising out of the Clean Air Act's risk management plan RAGAGEP provision. Also advised on the application of API 570 (Piping Inspection Code), API Recommended Practice 574 (Inspection Practices for Piping Components), API Recommended Practice 571 (Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry) and API Recommended Practice 939-C (Guidelines for Avoiding Sulfidation Corrosion Failures in Oil Refineries).
- Represent Fortune 50 energy company in federal and state civil, criminal and administrative investigations arising out of the application of NSPS Subpart Kb to alleged storage vessels at upstream production facilities.
- Represent leading lawn and garden manufacturer in one of the largest FIFRA civil and criminal enforcement matters.
- Represent various clients before the EPA's Office of Suspension and Debarment.
- Represent cargo and other maritime industry clients in connection with allegations arising under MARPOL and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
- Represent national homebuilding and major civil engineering and construction clients regarding CWA compliance matters.
- Represent national homebuilding clients in resolution of stormwater enforcement matters.
- Represent Fortune 500 private-sector coal company in a state securities investigation into climate change disclosures.
- Represent one of the largest pipeline companies in the United States in multiple EPA, PHMSA, NTSB and state environmental investigations into releases from underground petroleum pipelines.
- Represent global leader in the manufacture and distribution of water treatment chemicals in a post-Deepwater federal criminal investigation into alleged violations of the Clean Water Act on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Represent Fortune 50 energy company in federal and state NPDES enforcement concerns at an oil refinery.
- Represent Fortune 200 leading processer and marketer of fresh pork and packaged meats in a federal criminal investigation into alleged unpermitted discharges of process wastewater. Provided advice and counsel regarding the design and construction of a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system and associated NPDES permitting concerns.
- Represent global leader in specialty chemicals in federal civil and criminal investigations arising out of alleged failure to operate pollution control equipment at a wastewater treatment facility.
- Represent one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers in a federal criminal investigation into shipments of byproducts, co-products and co-products used as fuels.
- Represent Fortune 50 energy company in connection with administrative investigations by the CSB and various state and local agencies into an explosion and fire at an oil refinery.
- Represent Fortune 50 energy company in a mechanical integrity review of fixed equipment inspection and maintenance programs for oil refineries throughout the United States, Canada and South Africa.
Monitor and compliance
- Court-appointed monitor over one of the world's largest cruise line companies in connection with the cruise line's conviction for intentional vessel pollution.
- Frequently advise and counsel Fortune 500 energy, manufacturing, maritime, refining, oil and gas, and construction clients regarding best practices and design of regulatory compliance programs.
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DOJ Issues Memorandum on ENRD Enforcement Principles and Priorities; Continues to Prioritize Worker Safety CasesApril 2, 2018
June 26, 2017
February 24, 2017
Criminal Prosecution of Environmental and Workplace Safety Incidents Through DOJ's New Worker Endangerment InitiativeFebruary 7, 2017
October 5, 2016
What Does a Corporation Have To Know To Be Guilty of a Crime? The Conviction of PG&E Based on Corporate Collective KnowledgeAugust 22, 2016
Criminal Prosecution of Environmental and Workplace Safety Incidents Through DOJ's New Worker Endangerment InitiativeJuly 2016
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Presentations and Events
March 6–8, 2019
January 20–23, 2019
Special Institute on Today's Environmental Agencies: Regulatory Enforcement, Citizen Suits, and the Natural Resources IndustriesDecember 6–7, 2018
June 12, 2018
February 28, 2018
March 30–31, 2017
March 2–4, 2016
March 4–6, 2015
January 8, 2015
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