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John G. Valeri Jr. Joins Wolff & Samson

March 2011

Wolff & Samson is pleased to announce that John G. Valeri Jr. has joined the firm as a Member in the Environmental Group.

Prior to joining Wolff & Samson, Valeri was the acting general environmental counsel for PSEG Services Corporation. His experience involves advising on complex state and federal environmental issues, including significant power plant, electric and gas transmission and distribution permits, and approvals in multiple jurisdictions, including the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES), freshwater wetlands permits and air permits. He also negotiates environmental agreements and provides strategic policy advice on major state and federal legislative and regulatory initiatives, including drafting testimony and substantive regulatory comments.

“We are excited to have John at Wolff & Samson,” said Dennis M. Toft, head of the firm’s Environmental Group. “He has an exceptional reputation and expansive understanding of both the legal and regulatory environment. His background will serve our clients well, particularly as they face environmental challenges or seek to expand their businesses.”

Valeri has significant experience at high levels of federal and state government. Most recently, he was associate deputy general counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and also served as counselor to the administrator under former Administrator Christine Todd Whitman. Valeri served as senior assistant counsel for Governor Christine Todd Whitman, where he was responsible for advising the governor on significant environmental and public utility legislation and regulations, including negotiating the passage of the Brownfield and Contaminated Sites Act and the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act. In addition, Valeri served as chief of staff to the Board of Public Utilities, where he had responsibility for overseeing the implementation of energy deregulation, as well as aspects of the transition of the telephone and cable television industries into competition.

Valeri received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University, magna cum laude, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.