Sorell Negro advises clients involved in complex real property, environmental, and product liability disputes, and she often focuses on enforcement and implementation of national and international environmental laws. She is a member of the firm’s Land Use, Real Estate + Development, Manufacturing, and Sustainability Groups.
Environmental and Land Use Litigation
Ms. Negro’s litigation experience spans U.S. federal and state courts and includes natural resources disputes, land use and development claims, public health claims, takings, Fair Housing Act disputes, and claims arising under state, international, and federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Ms. Negro also has experience defending class action lawsuits arising under environmental laws. She also provides proactive counsel to clients on how best to develop an administrative record that can withstand challenge and litigation, and she handles land use appeals pertaining to development permits.
Global Environmental Law
Ms. Negro focuses much of her practice on leading international teams of lawyers and consultants on projects involving enforcement and implementation of national and international environmental laws, including in the Caribbean and Africa. She advises offshore clients on land use regulations, permitting and development, sustainable development, and coastal development issues. When disputes have arisen from these projects, Ms. Negro has led teams litigating issues related to due process in the development process, protection of threatened and endangered species, adherence to development regulations and international environmental agreements, and effective mitigation of adverse environmental impacts.
Product Liability Law
Ms. Negro’s litigation experience also consists of defending product liability claims, including class actions. She represents manufacturers , suppliers, and distributors, including national and multi-national corporations, in defending product liability actions involving consumer products, building materials, and products involving hazardous substances.
Development Legislation and Regulations
Ms. Negro routinely advises on legislation, ordinances, and regulations, and proposed laws, pertaining to land use, development, natural resources, conservation, endangered species, and environmental protection and management. She also provides clients with recommendations for legislative reform and draft legislation. Ms. Negro also reviews and analyzes proposed development plans and provides counsel on compliance with development regulations and environmental laws.
Ms. Negro initiated the firm’s ongoing pro bono project to fight wildlife crimes in Namibia, Africa, where animals such as lions, giraffes, black rhinos, and elephants have been the targets of poaching and illegal trafficking. Ms. Negro has traveled to the country and is helping Namibia's Legal Assistance Centre improve the country’s wildlife conservation laws and strengthen their enforcement.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Ms. Negro clerked for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In 2015, Ms. Negro was named a finalist for the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.