Michelle M. Greene
Michelle Greene is an associate in the Environmental Litigation and Toxic Tort Department where she focuses her practice primarily on environmental class actions and mass tort litigations. Ms. Greene currently represents individuals injured by Aqueous Film-Form Foam (AFFF) and PFAS contamination in the multi-district litigation.
She also represents individuals, communities, and municipalities injured as a result of exposure to Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) around the country.
Ms. Greene has been a panelist and speaker at several Water Contamination Conferences, including those hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), where she provided members with a history of PFAS, sources of contamination and the current state of litigation.
Also a published author on environmental topics, such as landfill leachate, PFAS water contamination, and toxic torts statute of limitations, Ms. Greene’s articles can be found in the New York Law Journal, AWWA’s OpFlow Magazine and Lawyer Monthly.
Ms. Greene is a graduate of Pace Law School where she represented the Department of Environmental Protection at the Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings on water and asbestos issues. In addition, she served as a legal intern at the United Nations where she was part of the decision-making and negotiation process for environmental treaties. Michelle also served as the Senior Associate of Pace Environmental Law Review and was President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.
PFAS and AFFF: A Brief Introduction
- Bar Admissions
- New York
Pace University School of Law, cum laude, J.D. (Certificate in Environmental Law)
Florida State University, B.A.
- Professional Affiliations
- Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA)
- Speaking Engagements
Featured Speaker, “A Cost Recovery Program: PFAS Water Contamination”, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Webinar Series (October 22, 2020)
PFAS & Your Local Landfill: Managing Risk and Preparing for Regulations, New York State of Associations (NYSAC) (November 14, 2019)
- Media Appearances
Lawsuit filed against forever chemical manufacturers, ehextra.com (March 6, 2021)
City of La Crosse takes action on PFAS contamination, WI Proud – A Fox Affiliate (March 5, 2021)
City of La Crosse Files Lawsuit Calling Out 23 companies for PFAS Contamination, Wisconsin Public Radio (March 1, 2021)
City of La Crosse files lawsuit against chemical manufacturers connected to PFAS, WKBT-TV (March 4, 2021)
Select Board retains New York law firm in suit against PFAS makers, The Inquirer and Mirror (February 18, 2021)
City takes action against PFAS manufacturers, WEAU-13 News – NBC Affiliate (February 12, 2021)
City council approves lawyers for PFAS suits…, Lacrosse Tribune (February 11, 2021)
Updated: Legal action taken on French Island PFAS contamination issue, ABC-19 Local WXOW (February 11, 2021)
Greene to join fight against PFAS, hudsonvalley360 (July 16, 2020)
Waterloo VB to join lawsuit over Seneca Lake contamination, Finger Lakes Times (April 20, 2020)
Plaintiffs in Nash Road landfill lawsuit get favorable ruling, WIVB-4 Buffalo (April 9, 2020)
NRWA Files Class Action Lawsuit Against PFAS Manufacturers, Water Quality Products (WQP) (February 27,2020)
Rural Utilities Latest to Sue 3M Over Chemical Cleanup, Law360 (February 26, 2020)
Lawsuit Filed in DC Seeks Money for Testing, Treatment for Controversial Chemicals Contaminating Water, WUSA-9 (February 25, 2020)
NRWA Files Groundbreaking Class Action Lawsuit Against PFAS Manufacturers for Making, Selling Toxic Chemicals, As Covered by:
- Yahoo!Finance (February 25, 2020)
- WBOC-CBS-16 (February 25, 2020)
- KWTV-CBS-9 (February 25, 2020)
- KAKE-ABC (February 25, 2020)
- Newson6 (February 25, 2020)
- MarketWatch (February 25, 2020)
- Daily Herald (February 25, 2020)
- The Buffalo News (February 25, 2020)
- PRNewsWire (February 25, 2020)
- SeekingAlpha.com (February 25, 2020)
- Finance Minyanville (February 25, 2020)
- Spoke (February 25, 2020)
- Benzinga (February 25, 2020)
Rural Utilities Sue 3M, DuPoint Over PFAS Well Contamination, As Covered by:
Counties Affected by PFAS As Covered By
Lawyers Taking A Stand Against Human Trafficking, New York Law Journal (February 19, 2020)
Lawyers Taking A Stand Against Human Trafficking, Lawyer Monthly (February 2020)
PFAS: A New Frontier for Waste Management and Landfill Leachate, New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) (Volume 24 | Number 2 | Summer 2019)
Litigation Combats Hazards of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Products, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Opflow Magazine (August 2019)
PFAS and Their Implications for Landfills
Statute of Limitations in Toxic Tort Cases: CPLR 214-f and Beyond, Paul Napoli and Michelle Greene, New York Law Journal (January 9, 2019)
- Representative Cases and Settlements of Note
*Results May Vary Depending On Your Particular Facts and Legal Circumstances*
$600 Million Settlement in the Flint Water Litigation (subject to court approval)
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, as co-liaison and negotiating counsel in the Flint Water Litigation, along with interim class counsel and representatives of the State of Michigan Attorney General’s office, reached a landmark wide- reaching $600 million settlement with the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy), City of Flint, former Governor Richard Snyder, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and several other State and City employees in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation on behalf of the citizens of Flint, Michigan.