Matthew Morreale

Adjunct Professor of Law

Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP


Matthew Morreale is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and is in charge of its environmental practice. Mr. Morreale advises the Firm’s clients on environmental matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and other business transactions, as well as on environmental‑related proceedings and investigations.


Mr. Morreale has worked on hundreds of transactions across all industries in the U.S. and internationally, including deals in heavy manufacturing; chemical refining; automobile assembly; pulp and paper; iron and steel; mining; oil and gas; power generation; shipping; electronics; telecommunications; food services; publishing; and retail chains. Mr. Morreale also provides counseling on environmental compliance matters; environmental and toxic tort litigation; environmental indemnification disputes; and environmental aspects of periodic reporting obligations under securities laws.


Mr. Morreale regularly lectures and writes on environmental topics, such as disclosure obligations under SEC requirements, including those relating to climate change. He sits on the adjunct faculty of both Columbia Law School and Cardozo School of Law, where he has taught courses on environmental concerns in business transactions and on the law of climate change. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law since 1997.


Mr. Morreale has been cited as one of the country’s leading environmental practitioners by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2010 through 2013; The Legal 500 from 2011 through 2013; and The Best Lawyers in America from 2010 through 2014.


Mr. Morreale was born in Garden City, New York. He received a B.A.S. and a B.A. in 1990 and an M.S. in Geology in 1994, all from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1997, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Senior Editor for Articles and Notes of the Journal of Environmental Law. Mr. Morreale joined Cravath in 1998 and became a partner in 2011. Prior to joining Cravath, he practiced environmental law, including regulatory and litigation matters, at a law firm in New York.

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B.A., B.A.S., 1990, M.S., 1994 University of Pennsylvania;
J.D., 1997, Columbia University