Jeffrey A. Smith

Jeff was the founder and the partner in charge of the environmental practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he worked on financings, underwritings and mergers and acquisitions nationally and internationally in all industries, and provided day-to-day counsel on environmental management and corporate governance issues, environmental issues of interest to the SEC, shareholder relations involving environmental matters and environmental litigation.  He is now leading an initiative at Fordham Law School on sustainability studies and is also Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.

Jeff frequently speaks on environmental issues, including guest lectures at Fordham, Harvard, Columbia, Penn, Georgetown, NYU and Pace law schools.  He was the first Chairman of the ABA’s Special Committee on Environmental Disclosure.  He has written a chapter on SEC disclosure issues in real estate transactions in the ABA book Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions; chapters on SEC disclosure and officers’ and directors’ fiduciary obligations for the ABA treatise Global Climate Change and U.S. Law; articles in the Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, the Carbon and Climate Law Review and the Capital Markets Law Journal on corporate disclosure relating to climate change; an article on the implications of global warming on business transactions, published in the N.Y.U. Journal of Law and Business; an article on the environmental provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act, published in Environmental Liability; an article on the SEC’s decision on sustainability disclosure in the PNC Financial case, published by Washington Legal Foundation; and an article on hydrofracking and “home rule,” published in Bloomberg BNA.  In October 2007, Jeff testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment regarding potential SEC requirements for disclosure relating to climate change.  Jeff is on the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.  He has been cited by numerous guides as among the leading environmental lawyers in the country.

Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.