Melissa M. Valle
Ms. Valle focuses her practice in environmental law, including brownfield redevelopment, Oil Spill Act litigation, zoning matters, compliance with environmental impact review statutes like SEQRA, and Article 10 matters. Ms. Valle is admitted to practice in the courts of New York State, and all U.S. District Courts of New York.
Ms. Valle received a J.D., cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law where she focused on environmental and land use law, earning a CALI Excellence Award in Environmental Law. She was a member of the law school’s National Environmental Moot Court Competition team, where she briefed and argued a Navigable Waters issue under the Clean Water Act before a mock Federal Appellate Court. Ms. Valle interned with Rhode Island’s Office of the Attorney General on a complex beach-access case, and with Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management, drafting environmental legislation. She also performed legal research and compliance assessments as a volunteer for environmental interest non-profits, like Conservation Law Foundation, Clean Water Action, and the Rhode Island Sea Grant.
Prior to receiving her J.D., Ms. Valle received a B.S. in environmental studies, concentrated in environmental policy, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, summa cum laude. While at the University at Buffalo, Ms. Valle was heavily involved in the environmental community. She served various positions on the executive board of the Environmental Network. She also co-founded the first ever professional environmental co-ed fraternity, Alpha Kappa Chi.
Ms. Valle is the Vice Chair of the Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association; a member to the Monroe County Bar Association and its Environmental Committee; and a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Environmental and Energy Law Section, where she has served as a Co-Chair to the Petroleum Spills Committee since 2017.
Ms. Valle was selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars List.