Prentiss Law Firm - Providence, RI
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Mr. Prentiss is one of the senior and respected practitioners of environmental law in Rhode Island. He served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in the first years of the department’s existence, working closely with Director W. Edward Wood in organizing and implementing DEM’s regulatory authority in all fields, including freshwater wetlands, and water and air pollution. He was intimately involved in the drafting, and the legislative process for enactment, of the Rhode Island Hazardous Waste Management Act, R.I. Gen. Laws ch. 23-19.1. He served as the Director’s designee on the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC).

In private practice Mr. Prentiss has continued to have a considerable involvement in environmental matters. While he has represented numerous individuals and businesses in applying for and obtaining environmental permits for a wide variety of projects, the principal focus of Mr. Prentiss’s environmental efforts has been representation of individuals and organizations seeking to control development and resist inappropriate construction and activity that would be deleterious to the environment. He has represented most of Rhode Island’s leading environmental organizations, including the Committee for the Great Salt Pond, Narrow River Preservation Association, Harbor Watch, Sakonnet Harbor Conservancy, Block Island Land Trust, Sakonnet Preservation Association, Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, and the Block Island Conservancy. Mr. Prentiss was lead counsel for the objecting parties in the extensive litigation regarding a proposal to expand Champlin’s Marina on Block Island. In that case, the Rhode Island Supreme Court recently reversed a superior court decision granting the requested permit, in a decision that was a significant victory for the parties Mr. Prentiss represented.