“Our decision to offer our first guide to the leading U.S. lawyers shaping the future of the environment and energy comes as no surprise,” the publication wrote. “Last year was the hottest on the planet. Up to 200 species vanish forever each day. Texans froze to death while Antarctica experienced its first heat wave. And that’s just the tip of the vanishing iceberg. More than 95 percent of the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice has already disappeared, and more than a third of the world’s remaining glaciers are projected to disappear before 2100, according to the World Wildlife Fund.”
Pawa is a pioneer in the use of tort theories against polluters, including the climate change cases American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut and Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp. He was named Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year in 2013 for his work representing the State of New Hampshire in a groundwater contamination case dealing with the gasoline additive MTBE that resulted in over $100 million in pre-trial settlements with some of the nation’s largest oil companies and a $236 million verdict against Exxon Mobil Corporation—the largest verdict in New Hampshire history. Pawa holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Cornell University.
“I am honored to have been recognized by Lawdragon,” said Pawa. “Lawyers, clients, and judges rely on Lawdragon for its insightful and timely reporting.”
Pawa joined Seeger Weiss in February of this year, bringing with his team of experienced environmental litigators, counsel Benjamin A. Krass and Wesley Kelman. Based in Seeger Weiss’s new Boston-area office, Seeger Weiss’s environmental practice group represents state and local governments as well as individuals in a wide range of environmental cases involving natural resource damages, toxic pollution of air, water and land, and the climate crisis.
“Seeger Weiss is proud of the work we’ve done on important cases involving environmental harm such as representing the City of New York against the biggest contributors to the climate crisis and consumers defrauded by the Dieselgate scandal,” said cofounding partner Christopher A. Seeger. “Now, with Matt’s help, we expect to take this work to a new level. We’re excited to go after the companies who have profited by harming our environment.”
Lawdragon was founded in 2005 and has published the annual 500 Leading Lawyers in America guide since then. More information about Lawdragon’s methodology can be found on their website.
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