Reed Super


212-242-2355 ext.1

Reed Super has represented non-profit organizations, community groups, and citizens in public interest environmental and land use litigation for nearly 20 years. He is the environmental community's foremost legal expert on the subject of power plant cooling water regulation, having litigated five cases against EPA under Clean Water Act section 316(b) and participated in four rulemaking processes under that same provision, as well as commenting on and intervening in numerous state permitting proceedings. Before founding Super Law Group, he was a Senior Clinical Staff Attorney and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic (2005-07) and, before that, a Senior Attorney and the Hudson River program director at Riverkeeper, Inc. (2000-05). In the 1990s, Reed practiced environmental law in San Francisco at Thelen, Marrin, Johnson and Bridges (1992-93), Sheppard Mullin, Richter and Hampton (1993-94), Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger (1994-1996), and the Law Office of Reed W. Super (1997-2000). Reed has also taught at Hofstra University School of Law (Preservation Law), the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (American Environmentalism), and the University of Leiden in Netherlands (Litigation).  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1992), the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (M.B.A, 1992), and Duke University (A.B., 1985).

Bar Admissions:

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits

U.S. District Courts in New York, Connecticut and California

State Courts in New York, California, and Connecticut


NY State Bar Association, Co-Chair, Compliance and Enforcement Committee & Member of Executive Committee
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Environmental Law Committee member, 2005-2008


“Minimizing Adverse Environmental Impact: How Murky the Waters,” The Scientific World Journal (2002) 2, 219–237
“An Overview of Flow Reduction Technologies for Reducing Aquatic Impacts at Cooling Water Intake Structures”


Selected Presentations:Panelist, Bipartisan Policy Center, National Commission on Energy Policy, Environmental Regulation and Electric System     Reliability, Workshop One: Power Sector Environmental Regulations, Washington, DC, October 2010
Panelist, NY State Bar Association, Environmental Litigation in Supreme Court , New York, January 2010
Faculty, Clean Water Act: Law and Regulation, ALI-ABA Course of Study,Washington, DC, April 23-24, 2009
Faculty, Clean Water Act: Law and Regulation, ALI-ABA Course of Study,Washington, DC, October 26-28, 2005
Panelist & Presenter, U.S. EPA National Symposium on Cooling Water Intake Technologies, Washington, DC, May 2003
Presenter, American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, symposium on Defining and Assessing Adverse Environmental Impact, Phoenix, AZ, August 21, 2001
Panelist, Taking Back What is Rightfully Yours – A Public Trust Conference, Rutgers Law School, Newark, NJ, May 21, 2001