Sami B. Groff is the Chair of the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group. She focuses her practice on environmental issues in real estate finance and securitization, the use of environmental insurance products in business transactions, litigation under federal and state environmental laws, environmental insurance coverage litigation and regulatory compliance under federal, state and local Superfund, petroleum cleanup, Brownfield and lead
Sami represents lenders in environmental aspects of commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions (CMBS). She has represented clients in Clean Air Act enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as insurance carriers in connection with environmental coverage disputes and property owners in disputes as to clean-up obligations.
She has also represented sellers and buyers in transactions involving properties with environmental concerns.<br>Sami has been recognized as a New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Honoree for her pro bono work, including working with nonprofit organizations on New York’s lead laws. She is most proud of her pro bono representation of a widowed mother with five children, seeking asylum in the United States after fleeing from persecution in their native Tibet.
Sami has published a book chapter on environmental insurance and articles in the New York Law Journal addressing varied New York insurance law topics. In her speaking engagements, she has discussed issues regarding the Clean Air Act, New Source Review, CERCLA and Brownfields.
Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Sami practiced environmental law in New York City at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP for over 22 years.
Sami lives in Long Island with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys attempting to compete in 5 & 10Ks and triathlons, for which she has not had sufficient time to train.