Joseph C. Smith

Joseph C. Smith

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email joseph.smith@​

Phone +1 202 637 6439

Fax +1 202 637 5910


Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Joseph Smith is experienced in creating compliance, permitting, and enforcement strategies to comply with environmental programs. Joseph anticipates environmental issues clients could face and offers his clients solutions to issues before they are realized.

Joseph focuses on compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

Before joining the firm, Joseph counseled on environmental impact reviews for large-scale infrastructure and private development projects. He also has experience advising clients in the public finance, economic development incentives, and commercial real estate industries. With this knowledge, Joseph continues to analyze environmental documents and procedures to advise clients under both federal and state environmental programs.

Education and admissions


J.D., University at Buffalo School of Law, magna cum laude, 2015

B.A., St. John Fisher College, cum laude, 2012


Member, American Bar Association

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of Erie County

Member, Environmental Law Institute

Member, Urban Land Institute

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

New York

Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Law Society of Ontario

Representative experience

Advising private equity firms on acquisitions of businesses with extensive environmental liabilities.

Representing automotive aftermarket suppliers in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement actions.

Advising national telecommunications clients on zoning requirements for telecommunications facilities.

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