Gail S. Port is head of Proskauer’s interdepartmental Environmental Group. Gail has been practicing environmental law, land use and litigation for 40 years. Her practice is concentrated in counseling national and international clients on environmental issues and risks.
Gail advises her clients on environmental issues in mergers and acquisitions, complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters, real estate transactions, financings, environmental compliance, Superfund and hazardous waste cases, federal and state enforcement proceedings, capital markets transactions, sustainability and climate change issues, remediation matters, brownfields, environmental litigation and administrative proceedings, land use matters, and historic preservation.
Prior to joining Proskauer, from 1984 to 1989, Gail was the deputy general counsel, acting general counsel and chief environmental advisor to the New York State Urban Development Corporation, where she was involved in the environmental law aspects of high-visibility, large-scale land use and development projects and related financing transactions. Before her public service, Gail was an associate at a prominent environmental boutique law firm.
Gail is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a national professional association of preeminent environmental lawyers with distinguished careers. In addition, following her initial appointment by Governor Mario Cuomo (and State Senate confirmation), from 1992 until 2012, Gail served as one of only five citizen members on the New York State Environmental Board.
Gail has lectured and written widely on a broad spectrum of environmental topics. She also was an adjunct faculty member of Pace University School of Law, where she taught commercial environmental law.