Former EPA General CounselJoins Akerman Senterfitt

Sunday, October 1, 2006 - 01:00

Akerman Senterfitt LLP continues to expand its New York office, with the addition of Robert E. Fabricant, former USEPA general counsel, who joins as a shareholder.

Mr. Fabricant's practice focuses on environmental law and litigation, and state and federal administrative matters. He will work out of the firm's New York and Washington, DC offices as a member of the Environmental practice, the White Collar practice, focusing on environmental compliance and other regulatory enforcement actions, and the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery practice - a multi-disciplinary group the firm established to assist clients with preventative measures and recovery efforts for man-made and natural disasters.

While at the EPA, he was responsible for litigation, settlement negotiations, legal guidance, and managing a law office of more than 300 attorneys. He worked closely with the Department of Justice and the Office of Management and Budget on agency rules and guidance, and has represented the agency before Congressional Committees.

Prior to serving as General Counsel to the USEPA, Mr. Fabricant was chief counsel to the governor of New Jersey, where he was responsible for all legislative matters before the New Jersey Legislature and provided recommendations on all prosecutorial and judicial nominations to the governor.

Akerman Senterfitt continues to expand its New York office with the addition of Robert W. Claeson, who joins the firm's national Real Estate practice as a shareholder. Mr. Claeson's practice focuses on acquiring, financing and leasing commercial properties. His work involves larger shopping centers and office buildings both in and outside of New York City, as well as representing retailers in purchasing, ground leasing and space leasing properties for their use in the New York City area and throughout the country.