Richard Horsch

Retired Partner of Counsel, New York



Mr. Horsch represents clients in environmental and toxic tort litigation and advises on all aspects of environmental law and climate change matters.

As a member of the Firm's litigation department, Mr. Horsch has successfully litigated complex environmental, toxic tort and product liability claims and arbitration matters. Significant representations have included:

  • Lead counsel in lawsuit against New York City Board of Education, requiring removal of PCB lighting fixtures from classrooms in more than 700 public schools, New York Communities for Change v. NYC Department of Education (11-CV-3494, EDNY);
  • Lead counsel to class of more than 1,000 homeowners surrounding a solid waste landfill, recovering damages against one of the nation's largest waste haulers for its unlawful operation of the landfill;
  • Lead counsel in lawsuit asserting CERCLA claims against the City of New York and against its environmental consultant arising from the presence of contaminated soils on client’s property in the Bronx, New York; and
  • Lead counsel to Chinese company concerning claim for contribution under CERCLA arising out of the Li Tungsten Superfund site in Glen Cove, Long Island.

Mr. Horsch also has extensive experience in the area of climate change law, including international climate change treaties. Significant representations have included:

  • Advisor to consortium of developing countries in connection with the negotiation of the Paris Climate Accord signed in Fall, 2015 and the subsequent implementation of the Paris Accord provisions;
  • Advisor to Party to Montreal Protocol in connection with 2016 negotiation of phase-out of HFCs under that treaty;
  • Legal advisor to sovereign nation on the establishment and start-up of a Designated National Authority to review and approve proposed projects developed under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol; and
  • Advisor to multinational company in identifying and implementing projects to reduce the company's carbon footprint.

Mr. Horsch also provides advice on environmental issues in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and regularly advises on environmental issues in project financings, domestically and internationally. He has represented parties in scores of transactions in the United States and around the world. He has handled environmental matters in such countries as South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, India, Chile and Mexico and many countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia.

Mr. Horsch also counsels clients on compliance with environmental laws including the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as well as on issues of shareholder liability, lender liability, fiduciary liability, and officer and director liability under environmental laws.

Mr. Horsch has written and lectured frequently on environmental law and climate change matters.

Since 2011 he has been an Adjunct with the Columbia University School of Professional Studies and Columbia's Earth Institute, where he teaches courses on U.S. and international environmental law. He is on the Board of Advisors to the NYU School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity, and is Director Emeritus with the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

He has received the New York State Bar Association's Pro Bono Service Award for his successful representation of a group of low-income homeowners in New York's South Bronx, in their claims against a contractor and others for faulty construction of subsidized housing.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
New Jersey State Bar
New York University School of Law

Managing Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics

University of New Hampshire


Awards and Recognition

Who’s Who Legal, 2015