Ria  Rana

Ria Rana



Practice Groups

Ria Rana is an associate in Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Practice Group. With an exceptional knowledge of current environmental issues, laws, and policies and their impact on businesses, professionals, governments, and other municipal entities, Ria counsels her clients on risk mitigation and avoidance and defends them in state and federal courts throughout New York and New Jersey.

Ria’s experience includes an internship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she drafted administrative orders on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) cases and crafted legal training programs on environmental law issues. She also held a legal clerkship with the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C., drafting analyses on environmental, animal, and administrative laws and policies, with a particular focus on the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Since earning her law degree, Ria has been an active member of the environmental law committees and sections of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and New York City Bar Association, and has participated in the broader conversation around environmental law and business practices, publishing widely on issues including contamination, the EPA’s testing authority, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) policies. She also researched and drafted solar energy zoning ordinances for the Planning Board of the Town of Catskill, N.Y., and has provided pro bono counsel to the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC), EarthRights International, and Chesapeake Legal Alliance.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Ria attended Emory University School of Law. During this time, she interned with Georgia’s foremost legal environmental organization, GreenLaw, conducting research and writing on state and federal laws, particularly the Clean Air Act (CAA), and investigating Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • New York State Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Law Section
  •      Programming Co-Chair, Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting, Winter 2017
  • New York City Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
  •      “Greening the Courts” Subcommittee
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., 2007
Publications and Presentations
  • Co-Author, “A Lower Bar for Calif. Agencies in Hazardous Waste Cases,” Law360, February 5, 2018
  • Contributor, “Development and Redevelopment of Gas Station Properties,” Environmental Law in New York, Vol. 28, No. 11, November 2017
  • Author, “New DEC Rule Impacts Handling and Storage of Anti-Stain and Grease Agent PFOA,” Harris Beach Legal Alert, May 30, 2017
  • Author, “EPA’s Enhanced Testing Authority Allows for More Meaningful Regulation of Chemical Substances,” Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Newsletter, Vol. 18, No. 1, by the American Bar Association (ABA), September 2016
  • Author, “Addressing Lead Contamination of Drinking Water in New York State,” The New York Environmental Lawyer, Vol. 36, No. 2, September 2016
  • Author, “Crude Oil on the Horizon: Addressing the Risks of Barge Transport of Bakken Crude Oil,” Environmental Law in New York, Vol. 26, No. 12, December 2015