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Post date: October 11 2013

ABA Honors NYS Assistant Attorney General As Government Environmental Attorney Of The Year

Michael J. Myers, Assistant Attorney General In Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Environmental Protection Bureau, Receives Prestigious National Award Today

Schneiderman: Mike Myers Is A Smart, Tireless And Accomplished Advocate For The People Of New York And Exemplifies Public Service

NEW YORK -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that the American Bar Association (ABA) has honored Michael J. Myers, an assistant attorney general in his Environmental Protection Bureau, with its 2013 “Environment, Energy, and Resources Government Attorney of the Year Award.” Mr. Myers, who heads the Bureau's affirmative litigation section in Albany, is recognized as one of the nation's leading Clean Air Act advocates. He directs the Attorney General's vigorous and successful efforts to protect public health, welfare and the environment by reducing climate change, smog, soot and other forms of air pollution.

“Michael Myers is a smart, tireless and accomplished advocate for the people of New York – and indeed the entire country. He exemplifies the best of public service as he works to clean up our air,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “This prestigious award reflects the central role Mike has played in establishing New York as a leader in the fight against climate change and air pollution. I am pleased to join the American Bar Association in acknowledging Mike Myers's truly outstanding achievements.”

The ABA's Environment, Energy, and Resources Government Attorney of the Year Award recognizes exceptional achievement by federal, state, tribal, or local government attorneys who have worked or are working in the field of environment, energy, or natural resources and are esteemed by their peers and viewed as having consistently achieved distinction in an exemplary way. The award honors sustained career achievement, not simply individual projects or recent accomplishments.

The ABA presented the award to Mr. Myers in a ceremony held today at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Since joining the New York State Attorney General's Office in 1999, Mr. Myers has been a leader in building multi-state coalitions seeking to ensure the federal Clean Air Act is effectively implemented and rigorously enforced.  Mr. Myers's work has twice, in 2004 and 2008, been recognized by the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award, the highest commendation bestowed by the New York State Attorney General's Office for superior service by attorneys.

Among his many achievements with the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Myers:

  • Argued on behalf of a multi-state coalition in a successful challenge of national air quality standards for particulate matter, or "soot," as insufficiently protective of public health and welfare.  He led the coalition in a subsequent federal suit that resulted in the federal Environmental Protection Agency subsequently issuing strengthened soot standards that will directly benefit the health of over 100 million Americans.
  • Argued on behalf of a multi-state coalition before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals supporting EPA's successful defense of landmark greenhouse gas regulations for motor vehicles and stationary sources.
  • Negotiated settlements of Clean Air Act enforcement cases requiring in-state and out-of-state power plants to reduce hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and pay the largest fine for Clean Air Act violations in New York State history.
  • Co-authored briefs that successfully defended a challenge brought by out-of-state political interests to New York's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state, market-based effort to reduce emissions of pollution that contribute to climate change.

Mr. Myers is a graduate of Cornell University and Vermont Law School.  Prior to joining the New York State Attorney General's Office, he was employed as an Associate Attorney in the Environmental Practice Group of the Baker and Hostetler law firm in Washington, D.C..