Melissa Valle

Melissa M. Valle


Melissa Valle, a Partner at Knauf Shaw, focuses her practice on environmental cost recovery litigation, defense and prosecution, particularly in oil spill and hazardous substances litigation, as well as pre-litigation due diligence issues.

Melissa also advises clients on matters related to contaminated property, from site investigation to closure, brownfield and superfund site redevelopment, SEQRA compliance, environmental regulatory and enforcement matters,  as well as all varieties of land use and zoning matters.  Melissa works closely with PRPs, real estate developers, landowners, and prospective purchasers in strategizing and managing the investigation and redevelopment of contaminated properties and real estate transactions, and addressing complex environmental compliance issues.  Melissa advises businesses and other entities seeking to obtain NYSDEC-issued permits like solid waste management facility (SWMF) permits, and state pollution elimination discharge system (SPDES) permits, and a number of other environmental statutes, regulations, and programs.

Melissa was selected to the 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars List.

Melissa grew up in the Rochester area, and now resides here with her family and two German Shepherds, where she enjoys hiking and making maple syrup.

Client Testimonial

"Knauf Shaw attorneys consistently exceed our expectations. From complex litigation to real estate closings, and from land use approvals to contract negotiations, we can rely on their expertise, innovative problem solving and attention to detail." Steven Mancini, RSM Development LLC

Client Testimonial

"I have worked with Knauf Shaw for over 20 years, and trust that their experience and knowledge will serve me and my clients well. They are the environmental attorneys I refer my clients to when faced with complex and potentially costly environmental issues, knowing that their issues will be addressed with the care, focus, and experience that Knauf Shaw has been providing to the environmental legal community for almost 40 years." Michael Rumrill, President, Leader Professional Services, Inc.



Join Alan Knauf and Dwight Kanyuck for a discussion about battery storage on brownfield sites at the 2023 National Brownfields Training Conference in Detroit August 8-11th.

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