Jeffrey R. Porter

Member / Chair, Environmental Law Practice vCard


  • Cornell University (JD, 1988)
  • Bates College (BA, 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Jeff is Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Section. For 29 years he has advised clients regarding the most complex environmental regulatory compliance and permitting issues.

His extensive litigation and transactional experience provides him with unique insight, enabling him to deliver integrated legal, political, technical, and risk management solutions to environmental challenges.

Jeff is also the Chair of the Board of Boston Harbor Now and serves as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, a position to which he was appointed by the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary; and on several Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection advisory panels, including the Bureau of Waste Site Clean Up Advisory Committee.

Jeff was a member of the MassDevelopment Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. He was also the Chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Trustee Council, having previously served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts.

He advised the Massachusetts Legislature’s Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture during the drafting of the 1998 Brownfield legislation that has spurred the beneficial redevelopment of underutilized former industrial sites across the Commonwealth.

Representative Matters

  • Obtaining what may be the largest private party Superfund response cost recovery in Massachusetts history after filing a motion for summary judgment of the responsible party’s liability
  • Representing General Electric in permitting and development of new waterfront global headquarters including interactions with city and state
  • Representing a resort developer in connection with environmental and legal issues relating to the remediation and redevelopment of its waterfront site
  • Representing owner of former urban rail yard in connection with its remediation and planned redevelopment, including interactions with the rail operator
  • Representing a pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with the acquisition of a portion of a former military base for the construction of a large-scale biologics manufacturing facility
  • Obtaining a dismissal of contamination-related property damage claims made by the owner of an industrial property against its long-time tenant
  • Successfully defending a client against a claim that it was responsible for contamination of a municipal water supply

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Litigation (2006 – 2019)
  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts (Band 1)  Environment (2004 – 2018)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Environmental list (2004 – 2017)
  • Acquisition International Legal Award, US Environmental Law Firm of the Year (2011 – 2016)
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers
  • The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Board Chair, Boston Harbor Now
  • Trustee, Massachusetts Environmental Trust
  • Member, Bureau of Waste Site Clean Up Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, MassDevelopment
  • Former Chair, Trustee Council, The Nature Conservancy (and former Chair, Massachusetts Chapter)
  • Former Board Member, Boston Harbor Island Alliance (past Vice-Chair and Treasurer)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association

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