Andrew S. Levine

Co-Chair, Environmental

Andrew Levine


As co-chair of the firm’s environmental practice group, Andy Levine is focused on cultivating and expanding the energy economy in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Having started his career litigating multimedia enforcement cases against refineries, pipelines and solid waste companies, he was soon recruited by Waste Management to implement the very types of programs at issue in many of these cases. While at Waste Management, Andy oversaw landfill and transfer station expansions, permitting and compliance throughout the Eastern Seaboard, and also developed the strategic landfill gas-to-energy program that formed the basis for his current energy practice in natural gas. As an experienced deal architect he maximizes his clients’ ROI in constructing and operating energy and environmental infrastructure projects, obtains the best possible financing and tax treatment, and evaluates the most advantageous deal and organizational structure. He also finds the most strategic means for environmental compliance and permitting, with a keen focus on the clients’ business development plans, and most of all, the bottom line.

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Representative Matters

  • facilitated the transfer of ownership of Exelon’s Schuylkill Generating Plant to Veolia, which provides the steam loop for Center City Philadelphia, and may also serve as a strategic resource for microgrid development
  • worked with a joint venture to develop a new oil transshipment facility in the Philadelphia region to receive Bakken crude by unit train to be barged downriver to a jet fuel refinery
  • drafted comments on behalf of merchant refiners to the EPA’s proposed renewable fuel standards regulations, as well as with respect to moving the point of obligation for RFS compliance
  • drafted performance guaranties and coordinated the development of large-scale energy efficiency (ESCO) projects at universities, prisons and government offices
  • developed a large-scale alternative gas facility throughout the City of Wilmington to mingle landfill gas from a large state-owned facility and biogas from a city-owned treatment works to provide methane to fuel several combined heat and power (CHP) plants
  • negotiated several compressed natural gas (CNG) leases for Atlantic City including one of the first purely merchant CNG stations (i.e., not requiring a take or pay) worked with a large waste management company to unify the landfill gas systems from two huge regional facilities, purchasing a former USX electrical plant to produce approximately 30 MW used to power the surrounding industrial park
  • resolved a large-scale federal enforcement matter against a confidential state government agency investigation relating to the donation of rail cars contaminated with high levels of PCBs that were released onto museum property
  • oversaw the redevelopment and refinancing for a large aerospace and satellite testing facility for reuse as a large office complex under the New Jersey Brownfields Program
  • acted as redevelopment counsel for the proposed reuse of a Pennsylvania HSCA site as a large regional health care facility
  • represented a client in the purchase of a BRAC facility, obtaining ground and air development rights at a closed military facility with agreement by the Army to remediate, and with full liability protection for the client’s operations
  • acted as counsel and project manager of voluntary drinking-water-quality investigations for a large, multi-jurisdictional school system, involving more than 250 institutions, to detect lead and remediate causes of exposure to students and staff
  • acted as counsel for a large regional chemical company seeking to sell its headquarters facility, which was also a superfund site
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Tulane University, Phi Beta Kappa

  • Lower Bucks Family YMCA Advisory Board
  • Board Member, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Have A Heart Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Newtown Business Development
  • Chair, Newtown Township Open Space, Parks and Recreation Board
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Philadelphia Academy of Horticulture
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Philadelphia Academy of Environmental Technology
  • Member, Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team
  • Past Chairman, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Energy Development Incentives under the Federal Opportunity Zones,” Practising Law Institute
  • Presenter, “Downstream Uses of Natural Gas,” Practising Law Institute
  • Presenter, “Renewable Natural Gas Project Development,” Practising Law Institute
  • Moderator, Negotiating a Power Purchase Agreement,” Practising Law Institute
  • Moderator, Energy Project Finance Considerations,” Practising Law Institute
  • Panelist, “The Greater Philadelphia Energy Advantage,”Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelist, American Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit, “Changes in Corporate Policies Resulting from Climate Change Initiatives,” American Lawyer Media
  • Panelist, “The Multifaceted Effort to Regulate & Modify Corporate Behavior Through Climate Change Incentives,” 2014 Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit
  • Presenter, “Refueling the Region,” Greater Philadelphia Chamber
    of Commerce
  • Presenter, Shale Gas Insight 2012 Conference 
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  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Philadelphia Environmental Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
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In The Community

Andy leads Have A Heart’s initiative to fund and construct inclusive playground structures. He is also chair of Newtown Township’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation Board, an effort to expand the open space and trail systems of Newtown, Pennsylvania, develop recreational playing fields, and create a large nature center for environmental education. Mr. Levine is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s School of Engineering.
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