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We have a unique perspective on how sustainability issues are transforming corporate culture, decision-making and operations.

Our approach

Nixon Peabody takes a holistic approach to sustainability. We provide integrated services across legal, scientific and engineering disciplines to help our clients deliver sustainable technologies, products and solutions. We drive sustainability throughout our own organization, seeking to reduce our environmental impact. And we strive to be thought leaders and corporate citizens, sharing our experience and partnering with stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges.


Nixon Peabody is a leader in helping clients mitigate sustainability-related risks, transform their operations and pursue business opportunities that create long-term value for their organization. We provide advice in areas such as sustainable infrastructure, tax credits, cleantech, green building design, construction, leasing, reporting and disclosure, sustainable supply chains, validation of green claims, and renewable energy project development and finance.


Being responsible stewards of our environment is part of our firm culture. We have identified priority areas and implement sustainable policies and practices firmwide, continuously challenging ourselves to be creative and innovative. We have been recognized “as a pioneer in sustainability . . . the law firm benchmark for effective strategy and execution.”

Ideas and Connecting

At Nixon Peabody we share our experiences and best practices and partner with local and global stakeholders on joint sustainability initiatives. Our attorneys are sought out for speaking engagements and to serve nonprofit organizations with a sustainability mission. We are frequently recognized as the “go-to firm” for domain knowledge in this space.


Ruth Silman, Partner

Jeffrey Lesk, Partner, LEED® AP

Alison Torbitt, Associate, LEED® AP


Who we work with

  • Investors and developers of renewable energy projects such as solar, geothermal and wind
  • Manufacturers looking to improve operational efficiency while reducing emissions, water and waste
  • Businesses trying to manage sustainability-related risks such as climate change, supply chain and license-to-operate
  • Marketers of green products and services responding to regulatory enforcement and private litigation regarding environmental claims
  • Builders of commercial and large residential buildings negotiating green building design and performance contracts
  • Companies pursuing innovative financing for sustainable capital projects
  • Institutions using demand response to provide energy reliability and additional revenue
  • Businesses seeking access to capital for innovative technology and solutions
  • Public and private companies reporting under voluntary and mandatory disclosure frameworks
  • Middle market companies responding to sustainable supply chain demands


  • Recipient of Most Improved and Highest Score awards (2014 and 2012) for participation in A Better City’s Challenge for Sustainability. Also recognized by ABC for leadership in employee engagement and energy conservation.
  • Recipient of the Stakeholders’ 2014 GOBY Award for Building Sustainability Communities, designed to recognize exemplary volunteer services in New York’s Capital Region
  • Founding member of Professional Services Sustainability Roundtable
  • Founding member of Law Firm Sustainability Network
  • The first law firm to participate in EDF Climate Corps, an innovative fellowship program that helps build the business case for energy efficiency
  • Piloted American Bar Association’s Sustainability Framework for Law Organizations
  • LEED® certification for four offices, including LEED Silver and Gold
  • Ranked #3 in Vault’s 2012 List of The Best Law Firms to Work For: Green Category
  • Recognized in 2011 by Computerworld as one of the top 12 green IT organizations
  • Highlighted in Vault’s Guide to Green Business Programs
  • Partner in Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership
  • Early adopter of ABA/EPA Law Office Climate Challenge, undertaking best practices for office paper management

Media Clips

  • Testimony for Progress
    Green Building & Design (gb&d) | May 1, 2016
    This feature article highlights the Washington, DC, office move and focuses on the sustainable aspects of the project while being smarter about the use of space. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted.
  • This Group Wants Law Firms to Slash One Expense: Their Toll on the Planet
    Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business | April 22, 2016
    The feature story focuses on the Law Firm Sustainability Network and their new tool for law firms to measure how well they’re managing their energy output. Nixon Peabody is noted within the story as a member of the LFSN and Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, one of our co-sustainability leaders, is quoted.
  • Green Sale Expands Investor Base, Says N.Y. MTA Official
    The Bond Buyer | February 22, 2016
    This article on New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugural green bond issuance notes Nixon Peabody as co-bond counsel.
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  • Beyond Green: Sustainability and the "Living Building" Challenge
    WAMU-Radio The Kojo Nnamdi Show | November 30, 2015
    The Washington, DC, office is featured in this radio segment on doing more than just “going green.” Our upcoming community solar array project is specifically highlighted.
  • Despite Tough Times, Expansive Lobbies Thrive
    Bloomberg BNA | October 27, 2015
    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk discusses our new office in this law firm real estate story. Jeff’s comments address a number of points including noting that we’re at a point where clients don’t appreciate offices that are heavy on opulence and how we aim to have our space serve multiple purposes—for clients and the community.
  • Nixon Peabody: Raising the green bar among the DC bar
    U.S. Green Building Council | July 31, 2015
    This feature story highlights our new Washington, DC, office and notes how it is at the green building forefront.
  • Nixon Peabody Unveils a Different Type of Law Office in DC
    The Boston Globe | July 23, 2015
    CEO and managing partner Andrew Glincher and Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk are quoted throughout this feature story about the firm’s new DC office.
  • Experts discuss how green buildings are changing DC
    Elevation DC | July 7, 2015
    This feature story discusses how Washington, DC, has become a leader in the green building movement. Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk and partner and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens are quoted and pictured in the piece.
  • End of the Corner Office: D.C. law firm designs its new space for millennials
    The Washington Post | June 22, 2015

    This feature article highlights Nixon Peabody’ new office space in Washington, D.C. CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher talks about the vision behind this build-out.

  • End of the Corner Office:  DC law firm designs its new space for millennials
    Washington Post | June 22, 2015
    This front-page feature article highlights our new office space in Washington, DC, and the vision behind this build-out. Several of our colleagues were quoted throughout the article. These colleagues include Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk, leader of our IP Counseling & Transactions practice Jeff Costellia, Syndication practice group leader Greg Doran, and Washington, DC, associates Cody Rogers, Paige Gentry, and Emily Feder.  This article has been picked up by a number of publications nationwide including Buffalo News, the Miami Herald and the Kansas City Tribune, just to name a few.
  • DC Launches New Program to Encourage Green Business Practices | March 5, 2015
    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted in this article on the Smarter DC Challenge—an initiative seeking to facilitate private-sector development of sustainable practices by businesses and nonprofits. Nixon Peabody is noted as one of the program's participants.
  • Law Firm Sustainability: The Green Edge
    LMA Strategies | October 1, 2014
    The firm’s successful green efforts are highlighted in this feature article on law firm environmental and social consciousness.
  • People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | July 10, 2014
    This news brief notes that Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan has joined the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board.