John L. Parker

  • Professor

John Louis Parker’s law practice has focused on energy, environmental, climate change, and land use issues, and on compliance and regulatory matters in a variety of civil and administrative proceedings.

John is the former Director of the New York City Watershed Program at Riverkeeper, where he led efforts to protect the shared drinking water supply of over 9 million people in New York City and in the lower Hudson Valley. He led the organization’s efforts on numerous pressing issues including projects and cases to curb poorly planned growth and development, prevent non-point source pollution, address climate change, and minimize environmental impacts to the forests, lakes, rivers, and streams necessary for clean drinking water.

John is Co-Chair of the Committee on Legislation of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association where he also serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to working with Riverkeeper, he served as the project manager and coordinator for the Task Force on Water Resources Management for Rockland County. As the Coordinator, he worked with business, government and community groups to develop water-conservation initiatives for a long-term sustainable water supply.

John served as Regional Attorney and a member of the Executive Staff of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Lower Hudson Valley and Catskill Region (3). At DEC, he worked on several significant and groundbreaking Clean Water Act cases and enforcement efforts.

John also served as Counsel to the Chairman of the New York State Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation and the Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions. In these roles, he participated in government oversight, investigations and hearings, and he drafted and negotiated many pieces of significant environmental legislation, including comprehensive brownfield legislation.