Attorney Sean Coffey Named Providence Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year




PROVIDENCE, RI – Burns & Levinson LLP is proud to announce that Attorney Sean O. Coffey has been named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Providence “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Environmental Law.  This is the 21st year in which Mr. Coffey has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers.

Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Mr. Coffey is joined by 26 of his Burns & Levinson colleagues, including Robert Clark Corrente and Paul M. Sanford from the Firm’s Providence office, selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Mr. Coffey heads the Firm’s Providence office and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  He represents owners and developers of real property and financial institutions with respect to land use proposals involving environmental requirements and regulations, particularly the remediation and adaptive reuse of Brownfields sites. He also represents business clients before state and federal environmental regulatory agencies, state financing authorities and federal and state courts; public utilities, marine industries, manufacturing businesses and municipalities with respect to regulatory compliance; and he represents municipalities in regulatory approval, privatization procurement and financing of capital improvements to water supply and wastewater facilities.

Mr. Coffey served the former Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources as staff counsel and assisted in the development of legislation creating the Department of Environmental Management, where he served as legal counsel and chief legal counsel from 1977 to 1983. He drafted many of the existing environmental laws in Rhode Island, including statutes dealing with hazardous waste management, solid waste disposal, wetlands protection, air pollution control, water pollution control and groundwater protection.

About Burns & Levinson LLP
Burns & Levinson is a full-service law firm with more than 125 attorneys based in Boston, with additional offices in Providence and New York, as well as in the Merrimack Valley/North Shore, Metrowest and South Shore areas of Massachusetts. The firm has grown steadily and strategically throughout the years and has become a premier law firm with regional, national and international clientele. The firm has expertise in corporate law, finance, venture capital, private equity, labor and employment, tax, bankruptcy, lending and leasing, real estate, design & construction, environmental, business litigation, government investigations and white collar crime defense, intellectual property and a large private client group, including estate planning, probate and trust litigation, divorce and other family law issues. In addition, the firm has a wholly owned subsidiary office in Montreal, Quebec, to service its Canadian clients. For more information, visit Burns & Levinson at

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