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Michael Carvalho Joins Salem Sound Coastwatch Board

A community environmental not-for-profit, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW), has named environmental attorney and Manchester resident Michael P. Carvalho to its board of directors.


Founded in 1990 and based in Salem, SSCW’s mission is to protect and improve the environmental quality of Salem Sound and its watershed. SSCW’s efforts are focused on increasing

the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the natural resources, as well as the immediate and chronic threats to the ecological health of the watershed. The organization works to foster responsible and sustainable resource management, conduct environmental monitoring and scientific research, and share the results with the public and science community.

“We are excited to have Mike join SSCW’s Board, where he brings enormous experience and perspective that will advance SSCW’s mission,” said Barbara Warren, SSCW executive director.

“SSCW’s longstanding commitment to promoting awareness and understanding of environmental stewardship plays a critical role in leading healthier sea and shore,” said Carvalho. “I am humbled to be part of that effort.”

Carvalho has been practicing environmental law for over 25 years, specializing in matters involving the federal Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Risk Management. He has successfully litigated claims in state and federal courts and provided environmental legal counsel in transactional and regulatory matters to a wide range of clients throughout the U.S. Carvalho is the past chair of the National Council for Science and the Environment, where he recently represented the United Nations Environment Program for North America before the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2018, Carvalho participated in an expedition to Antarctica, studying the effects of climate change and environmental policy solutions to the challenges posed by this existential threat.






Civil Litigation

The attorneys at Carvalho & Associates work hard to resolve client matters and achieve client directed outcomes. When necessary, we aggressively pursue litigation in state and federal courts. The skilled and professional staff at Carvalho & Associates has a deep understanding of the mechanics of complex litigation and they have applied that knowledge to a variety of complex litigation cases. Carvalho & Associates has built a reputation for getting results and have earned the respect of our colleagues and courts alike.


Environmental Law

Our attorneys are experts in counseling a wide range of clients in all aspects of environmental law.  We offer assistance in environmental regulatory compliance, permitting, acquisition and redevelopment of environmentally distressed properties (e.g. Brownfields), and environmental litigation in state and federal courts. We have obtained multiple, record setting verdicts and judgments.  We are also available to assist in-house and outside counsel on a variety of environmental policy related matters.



Energy Law

The Attorneys at Carvalho & Associates are at the forefront of renewable energy issues.  We advise clients on matters such as Power Purchase Agreements, Power Generation (wind, solar, natural gas and geothermal) and represent clients before state Public Service Commissions and at the appellate level.  We also advise clients on environmental matters related to resource development and transmission, including environmental impact statements, NEPA, and compliance with a myriad permitting requirements.



Real Estate Law

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on a variety of commercial, mixed use and industrial real estate matters.  Our experience includes acquisition and divestures, site development, and landlord-tenant disputes, among other areas.  We have extensive “boots on the ground” experience in construction matters, including site planning, permitting, due diligence and regulatory compliance. Our clients include local, regional and national developers, REITS, lenders and individual investors. When necessary, our attorneys litigate claims on behalf of clients in state and federal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration.


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