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WASHINGTON, DC 20007-5118
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Steven P. Solow is co-head of Katten’s Environmental and Workplace Safety practice and co-head of the White Collar, Investigations and Compliance practice in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Steve is also a member of Katten’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He focuses his practice on business crimes, internal investigations, corporate compliance and security programs and environmental civil and criminal litigation. He represents and counsels corporations and business associations regarding their legal and regulatory obligations, develops integrated compliance programs that address corporate and government expectations and represents both corporate and individual clients in white collar cases. Clients say Steve “understands the business aspects as well as the legal aspects, and he understands the company’s viewpoint” (Chambers USA).

Steve advises chemical, energy, utility, homebuilding, construction, pipeline, shipping and technology companies on a range of regulatory matters, including enforcement defense, internal investigations, litigation, compliance issues and homeland security matters. He counsels senior management and corporate boards of directors on corporate best practices and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Major energy companies seek Steve’s advice on the regulatory standards applicable to all energy sources—including hydraulic fracturing—as well as security and site vulnerability assessments. He also provides experienced representation to major international shipping concerns in connection with maritime and environmental matters involving the US Coast Guard and other agencies.

His clients say Steve “pays great attention to relevant details and is capable of taking technical information and presenting it in a manner that is understandable to the layman.” (Chambers USA)

Formerly chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Environmental Crimes Section, Steve supervised 30 federal prosecutors and oversaw the prosecution of environmental criminal cases nationwide. He also coordinated an international law enforcement initiative to combat smuggling of banned chemicals into the United States and served on an Interpol workgroup.

Steve’s experience in audits, internal compliance and prevention and detection programs and voluntary disclosures is enhanced by his government service. As a member of the US Attorney General’s White Collar Crime Council, he worked closely with US Attorney’s Offices and numerous federal investigative agencies, including the US Department of Transportation Inspector General (DOT-IG), Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigations Division (EPA-CID), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Coast Guard, Customs, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Interpol and state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. He also has worked as a consultant to the EPA and private sector clients. Steve was a prosecutor with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force for five years. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold L. Murphy of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Steve is a prolific speaker, providing training at the FBI National Academy, DOJ National Advocacy Center, Wharton School of Business, National Practice Institute, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Federal Judicial Center, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Interpol and other professional, business and educational institutions. He is a member of BNA’s White Collar Crime Report advisory board. Steve served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and Pace University School of Law. He was a full-time law professor and law clinic co-director for Pace University School of Law from 1992–1994, and for University of Maryland School of Law from 2000–2002. Steve was named a Senior Fellow of the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. The Center studies and supports private sector responsibility and public accountability; promotes thinking and scholarship on business and normative ethics; and provides research assistance to the Center’s many stakeholders. Steve was sought out by the Zicklin Center because of his experience in identifying the root causes behind regulatory non-compliance. He has participated in Wharton programs designed to examine ways for US and international businesses and financial institutions to reduce the likelihood of compliance failures. 


JD, New York University School of Law; BA, Brown University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

Katten acts on environmental crimes, workplace safety and major accident response cases; it covers regulatory litigation and criminal and civil enforcement in the energy, chemical, refining, manufacturing, construction and transportation sectors, among others. Washington DC-based Steve Solow is acting as court-appointed monitor for Princess Cruise Lines in the implementation of an environmental compliance plan as part of its criminal penalty for intentional vessel pollution. Other key contacts include Greg Dillard in Houston, Lily Chinn in San Francisco, and Nadira Clarke in Washington DC. Mark Farley left the team to found his own firm.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: regulatory

Katten specializes in environmental crimes, workplace safety and major accident response, acting for an impressive roster of clients that includes Chevron and ExxonMobil. It has been advising DuPont on matters concerning a catastrophic toxic environmental release that resulted in multiple fatalities in La Porte, Texas, in 2014, including, most recently, resolving all administrative citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and all alleged civil CAA violations with the EPA and DOJ with no admission of wrongdoing. Key contacts in Houston include Greg Dillard and the ‘wonderfulScott Elliott. In Washington DC, Steve Solow, Nadira Clarke and Anne Carpenter are key practitioners. Also recommended are Austin-based Danny Worrell, San Francisco-based Matthew Baker and Lily Chinn, and Tom Van Wyngarden in Los Angeles. Mark Farley founded his own firm in 2019.