Salinger, Jeffrey L.

Jeffrey L. Salinger


Jeff Salinger co-heads the US environmental practice.   He has advised companies and financial institutions as lead environmental counsel in the context of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, real estate transactions, securities offerings, bankruptcy proceedings, regulatory compliance matters and governmental cleanup programs.   Focused on understanding environmental conditions and allocating environmental risk, he coordinates environmental due diligence investigations and assists with transaction structuring.  Mr. Salinger also represents clients with contractual environmental claims.  In addition, Jeff  writes and speaks on climate change related risks and opportunities and provides counsel on related matters, including disclosure requirements and trends.

In all, Mr. Salinger has provided environmental counsel on hundreds of successfully consummated deals. 

Since 2008, Mr. Salinger has been recognized as a leader in his field by professional publications, including Super Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers.  In addition, Chambers and Partners has ranked Mr. Salinger as leading practitioner since 2008, and has identified him as a ‘Band 1’ “Environmental: Mainly Transactional” practitioner since 2014.  Clients describe Jeff as “excellent in every way” and “razor-sharp, powerful, very bright and an excellent, highly effective business-minded advocate.”

Jeff headed the Environmental Practice Group at Shearman & Sterling LLP for 12 years and served, after appointment by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2003, for 13 years as a member of the Council on the Environment of New York City and GrowNYC.  Mr. Salinger’s pro bono practice focuses on international human rights and environmental issues.  While at Shearman & Sterling, LLP, his pro bono work has taken him to Tanzania, Haiti, Ethiopia and Malawi.  Mr. Salinger recently returned from Kenya where he trained Kenyan Wildlife Service Officers in crime scene analysis and evidence collection techniques in support of rhino and elephant anti-poaching efforts. 

Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Mr. Salinger practiced environmental law in Massachusetts, where he focused on compliance, brownfields redevelopment and environmental litigation.

Selected Experience

  • B/E Aerospace in its acquisition of UFC Aerospace in a transaction valued at approximately $400 million
  • Citigroup, as arranger, and the note purchasers in a financing for four California solar projects owned by subsidiaries of Consolidated Edison Borealis Infrastructure in its acquisition of a 49% equity shareholding in a portfolio of wind farm assets in the US from EDP Renováveis ING Capital\
  • Citicorp North America, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in connection with the $345 million financing for the construction of LS Power's 738 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility in West Deptford Township, New Jersey


  • “New York,” Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property – 3rd Edition (2010), Published by the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association
  • “New York,” Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property – 2nd Edition (2001), Chapter 54, Published by the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, American Bar Association


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1997, cum laude
    • Editor, Board of Editors of The Boston University Law Review
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1993, with honors


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