Michele B. Corash

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"Michèle Corash has received the highest rating (Band 1) from Chambers USA for every year the directory has ranked environmental lawyers, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America as a leader in the field of environmental law for more than ten years. She was named as the country's #1 environmental lawyer on the "Top Ten Lawyers for Environmental Law," US Lawyer Rankings 2008. California Lawyer Magazine cited her as one of the "Best of the West" because of landmark wins in two environmental court decisions. She is listed among Northern California's top 50 female Super Lawyers, as well as top 100 overall. She has been repeatedly named to the "Top California Women Litigators" List by the Daily Journal. Ms. Corash was listed in Legal Media Group's Expert Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers – The Best of the Best (a guide to the world's 20 leading practitioners across 10 areas of law based on peer nomination). She is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Environmental Law.

"Ms. Corash served as General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1979 to 1982 and previously as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy and Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. As EPA General Counsel, she served on several White House task forces and was a member of the interagency committee of EPA, FDA, FTC, and the Department of Agriculture that dealt with regulatory issues involving food, drug, and other consumer products. Ms. Corash was also a member of Vice President Bush's Regulatory Reform Task Force. Former California Governor Wilson appointed her to his Blue Ribbon Task Force for unifying and improving the state environmental laws. " [1]

"Corash had a male mentor in Ira Millstein, a partner with the New York firm of Weil Gotschal & Manges, and a great supporter of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. " [2]

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  1. Michele B. Corash, mofo, accessed October 3, 2011.
  2. The times, they are . . .Being a woman business lawyer today — eight tales, americanbar.org, accessed October 3, 2011.