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Eric M. Dessen

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Assistant General Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Eric Dessen is an Assistant General Counsel in Consolidated Edison's Law Department. The focus of his work is on environmental and emergency management issues.  Eric graduated Emory University in 1985 with a degree in Psychology, received his J.D. from Hofstra School of Law in 1988, and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law in 1995.

Prior to coming to Con Edison in 1996, Eric was an associate with the New York law firm of Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP (now Cooley Goodward Kronish LLP) where his practice focused on environmental law.
 
Eric has counseled clients on a full array of environmental and emergency management matters including issues related to CERCLA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA and various state and local environmental requirements.  He has conducted environmental due diligence and contract negotiations pertaining to real estate and corporate transactions, and has represented major corporations in federal court, before administrative agencies, and in Bankruptcy Court. Eric served as manager to Con Edison's Environment, Health, and Safety Response Team, and is a member of the Company's Climate Change Steering Committee and its Coastal Storm Preparedness Team. In addition, he is a member of the New York City Multi-Agency Taskforce on Hurricane Response. He has participated in numerous emergency response drills and tabletop exercises with first responders including the United States Coast Guard, United States Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, and New York City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management.

He has participated in numerous responses to emergency and environmental incidents, including Con Edison's responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the August 2003 blackout, the August 2007 steam incident in Midtown Manhattan, transformer explosions, and numerous other oil, steam, and chemical releases.
 
Eric served as a Vice-Chair on the American Bar Association Site Remediation Committee and is a member of the American Bar Association Homeland Security Committee and the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Task Force on Navigation, Petroleum and Related Issues.  He has previously lectured on Global Warming, The Legal Aspects of Climate Change, Environmental Audits, How to Prepare for Emergencies, Use of the Incident Command System for Emergency Preparedness and Response, The ABCs of (501)(c)(3)s, Corporate and Environmental Lessons from the BP Gulf Oil Spill, and Corporate Environmental Preparedness. In addition, Eric has been a guest lecturer at Fordham University School of Law and Pace University School of Law discussing the role of in-house environmental counsel.

Outside of the work arena, Eric is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Nancy Klauber Forest Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to cancer patient care, President of the 200 East 90th Street Owners Corp. Co-op Board. He has also served as Chair of the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association Advisory Board, Co-Director of Tackle Football for the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association, a member of the Rodeph Sholom School Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Rodeph Sholom Joint Security Committee. Eric also authored the Rodeph Sholom Emergency Response Plan, which covers the Rodeph Sholom day school, religious school, and congregation.

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