With over three decades of litigation and transactional experience, Jeff is widely recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in the country. Clients seek him out to solve complex environmental law challenges.
Some of the largest global companies rely on Jeff’s insights and strategic guidance. Clients praise him as “the top environmental attorney you will find in Boston” and say his “judgment on sensitive political issues is invaluable.” Jeff is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA which says “Jeff has deep knowledge of environmental law and marries current knowledge with an understanding of the political and policy environment.”
Jeff is Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Practice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and a member of the Executive Committee of the College. He is also a Massachusetts Environmental Trustee. Jeff is a member of the board of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, having previously served as the Chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Trustee Council and as the Chair and Vice-Chair of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts.
He was also the Chairman of Boston Harbor Now, and a member of the MassDevelopment Board of Directors.
Jeff was a member of Governor Healey’s and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll’s transition policy committee and also a member of Attorney General Campbell’s transition committee. He also advised the Massachusetts Legislature’s Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture during the drafting of the Brownfield legislation that has spurred the beneficial redevelopment of underutilized former industrial sites across the Commonwealth.
Jeff frequently writes on environmental law topics including Clean Water Act issues, coastal resilience, waterfront development, and PFAS liability.
- Obtaining what may be the largest private party Superfund response cost recovery in Massachusetts history after filing a motion for summary judgment of the responsible party’s liability
- Representing General Electric in permitting and development of new waterfront global headquarters including interactions with city and state
- Representing a resort developer in connection with environmental and legal issues relating to the remediation and redevelopment of its waterfront site
- Representing owner of former urban rail yard in connection with its remediation and planned redevelopment, including interactions with the rail operator
- Representing a pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with the acquisition of a portion of a former military base for the construction of a large-scale biologics manufacturing facility
- Obtaining a dismissal of contamination-related property damage claims made by the owner of an industrial property against its long-time tenant
- Successfully defending a client against a claim that it was responsible for contamination of a municipal water supply
September 1, 2022 | Blog | By Jeff Porter
May 21, 2021 | Webinar | By Jeff Porter
February 11, 2021 | Webinar | By Jeff Porter
The Supreme Court’s Decision in County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund – The Answer to the Yes or No Question is Maybe
April 23, 2020 | Blog | By Jeff Porter
November 29, 2018 | Blog | By Jeff Porter
November 2, 2018 | Article | By Jeff Porter
News & Press
December 05, 2022
December 02, 2022
November 22, 2022
October 4, 2022
January 7, 2022
December 3, 2021
When It Comes to Waters of the United States, the Best Available Science Is Important – But What About That Pesky Commerce Clause?
November 23, 2021
September 24, 2021
April 27, 2021
Why a Judge’s Ruling On a Proposed 600-Foot Waterfront Tower In Boston Casts Doubt ‘Across Massachusetts’
April 7, 2021
February 11, 2021
December 8, 2020
September 17, 2020
July 31, 2020
July 28, 2020
June 25, 2020
April 29, 2020
November 27, 2019
The Mintz team representing the Wychmere Beach Club includes Mintz Member and Chair of the firm's Environmental Law Practice Jeffrey R. Porter, and Co-Chairs of the firm's Appellate Practice Andrew N. Nathanson (Special Counsel) and Emily Kanstroom Musgrave (Member).
July 10, 2019
In a July 12 article, Mr. Porter discussed one of the biggest environment-related regulations to watch in the second half of 2019.
In particular, he commented on the EPA’s new narrower definition of "waters of the U.S." under the Clean Water Act, which is expected to be finalized by December. “Just as the Obama rule was challenged in court by various states and industry groups, the Trump rule will face its own legal battles,” Mr. Porter said.
In a July 8 article, Mr. Porter discussed one of the most significant rulings in environmental law during the first half of 2019.
In particular, he commented on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to limit courts' ability to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of their own regulations. “With their newfound leeway, judges could begin to wade more deeply into controversial and science-heavy issues like climate change and water quality disputes,” Mr. Porter said.
January 9, 2019
May 03, 2018
January 27, 2017
October 20, 2016
October 18, 2016
Events & Speaking
The Clean Water Act in Practice: Implementation in Massachusetts Under the Supreme Court’s County of Maui Decision
Boston Bar Association
Boston Harbor Now
Recognition & Awards
- Chambers USA: Massachusetts (Band 1) – Environment (2004 – 2022)
- Best Lawyers in America: Boston Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year (2022)
- Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Litigation (2006 – 2023)
- 2022 JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards - Environment
- Lexology Legal Influencers for Infrastructure - US (Q2 2021, Q3 2021, Q2 2022)
- Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Environmental list (2004 – 2022)
- Recognized as a 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Environmental Lawyer
- Recognized as a 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Environmental & Energy Lawyer
- Acquisition International Legal Award, US Environmental Law Firm of the Year (2011 – 2016)
- Acquisition International Global Excellence Awards, Most Outstanding Environmental Lawyer – Boston (2018)
- Who's Who Legal: Environment & Climate Change (2022)
- Who’s Who in American Law
- Who’s Who in the World
- Guide to the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers
- The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
- Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers
- Member, Executive Committee, American College of Environmental Lawyers
- Trustee, Massachusetts Environmental Trust
- Member, Bureau of Waste Site Clean Up Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
- Former Board Chair, Boston Harbor Now
- Former Member, Board of Directors, MassDevelopment
- Former Chair, Trustee Council, The Nature Conservancy (and former Chair, Massachusetts Chapter)
- Former Board Member, Boston Harbor Island Alliance (past Vice-Chair and Treasurer)
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
- Member, Boston Bar Association