Sorell Negro is a lawyer in Robinson+Cole's Land Use and Real Estate + Development Groups who advises clients involved in complex real property and environmental disputes. She is also a member of the firm's Manufacturing Law Group and its Sustainability Practice Group. Her litigation experience spans U.S. federal and state courts and includes natural resources disputes, land use and development claims, public health claims, takings, product liability claims involving hazardous substances, and claims arising under state, international, and federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and CERCLA.
Ms. Negro also provides proactive counsel to clients on how best to develop an administrative record that can withstand challenge and litigation. She routinely advises on legislation and proposed legislation pertaining to development, natural resources, conservation, land use, endangered species, and environmental protection and management, including recommendations for legislative reform and draft legislation.
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, smart growth initiatives, sustainable development, and coastal development issues. When disputes have arisen from these projects, Ms. Negro has litigated issues related to due process in the development process, protection of threatened and endangered species, and effective mitigation of environmental impacts.
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. She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School and B.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She holds a certificate in justice and peace studies from Georgetown University and a certificate in cross-cultural issues in mediation and negotiation from Cornell University’s Scheinman Institute. In 2015, Ms. Negro was named a finalist for the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.