Susan E. Amron, the chief of the environmental law division of the New York City Law Department, has practiced environmental law for the city for more than 20 years.
Amron is experienced in a wide variety of core municipal environmental issues, including environmental impact review, creation and use of parkland, protection of drinking water, climate change resiliency, wastewater collection and treatment, hazardous materials management and brownfield remediation, and groundwater contamination.
As the chief environmental lawyer of New York City, Amron counsels city agencies about the requirements of federal, state, and local environmental and land use laws and represents the city as both a plaintiff and a defendant in litigation involving a broad range of environmental and land use laws. Throughout the course of her career, Amron has been responsible for several important environmental regulations, including the 1997 Memorandum of Agreement to protect the city’s drinking water supply system. Amron led the legal teams that fought challenges to the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the reconstruction of athletic fields on Randall’s Island, and the rezoning of Manhattanville to further the expansion of Columbia University. Amron won the ground breaking $105-million jury verdict in a lawsuit against ExxonMobil for contaminating the City’s groundwater.
She spent six years as a litigation associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher before joining the New York City Law Department.
Amron received her B.A. from Yale University in 1980 and her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1984, where she served as editor for the Journal of Law and Social Problems.