Kevin Healy is a member of the Environmental and the Real Estate Client Service Groups. He was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee from 2002 to 2005.
Mr. Healy has practiced environmental and land use law for 45 years. Twelve of those years were devoted to public service. Among other positions, he served as General Counsel to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and in that capacity was one of New York’s two lead negotiators in a multi-state dispute over the City’s diversions from the Delaware River Basin during times of drought. The “Good Faith Agreement” that emerged from those negotiations, which established a drought diversion regime modifying a protocol established under a 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decree, remains in effect today. Around the same time, Mr. Healy settled a dispute between the City and State of New York regarding the level of releases required from the New York City reservoirs to maintain a viable trout fishery in the tributaries of the Delaware River.
Mr. Healy has served as Special Master in two federal cases: Seggos, et al v. Datre et al, 2:17-cv-02684 (E.D.N.Y.) and USA and State of New York v. County of Westchester, 89 Civ. 5274, (S.D.N.Y.), in which he oversaw compliance with the provisions of a federal court order requiring the cessation by the County of the practice of ocean dumping. He also has served as a member of the panel of mediators for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and has mediated the resolution of multi-party CERCLA actions.
Mr. Healy represents parties in regulatory and permitting matters under the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Clean Water Act and numerous other federal, state and city environmental statutory programs; provides counsel on the environmental aspects of real estate developments; and participates in environmental audits of industrial operations and environmental impact reviews. He represents a wide range of clients, including industrial and commercial corporations, major New York utilities, railroads, public authorities and municipalities.
Mr. Healy served on the State Climate Change Task Force that led to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He co-chairs the Global Climate Change subcommittee of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and has lectured and written extensively on the subject of climate change over the last several years. He currently serves as co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.