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Matthew Morreale

Partner, Corporate

Matthew Morreale leads Cravath’s Environmental practice. He advises the Firm’s clients on environmental matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and other business transactions, as well as on environmental‑related proceedings and investigations.

Mr. Morreale has worked on hundreds of transactions across all industries in the U.S. and internationally, including deals in heavy manufacturing; oil and gas (exploration and production, transport, refining and services); chemical refining; shipping; power generation; cement and aggregates production; automobile assembly; pulp and paper; iron and steel; mining; electronics; telecommunications; food services; publishing; and retail chains. Mr. Morreale also provides counseling on environmental compliance matters; environmental and toxic tort litigation; environmental indemnification disputes; and environmental aspects of periodic reporting obligations under securities laws.

Mr. Morreale regularly lectures and writes on environmental topics, such as disclosure obligations under SEC requirements, including those relating to climate change. He sits on the adjunct faculty of both Columbia Law School and Cardozo School of Law, where he has taught courses on environmental concerns in business transactions and on the law of climate change. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law (since 1997) and Environmental Advocates of New York (since 2014).

Mr. Morreale has been cited as one of the country’s leading environmental practitioners by, among others, Chambers USA from 2010 through 2019; The Legal 500 US from 2011 through 2019; The Best Lawyers in America from 2010 through 2020; and Who’s Who Legal: Environment from 2014 through 2018.

Mr. Morreale was born in Garden City, New York. He received a B.A.S. (focus in mechanical and systems engineering) and a B.A. in 1990 and an M.S. in Geology in 1994, all from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1997, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Senior Editor for Articles and Notes of the Journal of Environmental Law.

Mr. Morreale joined Cravath in 1998 and was elected a partner in 2011. Prior to joining Cravath, he practiced environmental law, including regulatory and litigation matters, at a law firm in New York.

Mr. Morreale is admitted only in New York.

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