Michael P. Carvalho

Mr. Carvalho grew up in Massachusetts and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Science in 1987. From 1986 through 1994, he worked as an Environmental Specialist for a national environmental consulting firm, and later served as President and CEO of Site Assessment Specialists, Inc., a company he founded, providing assessment, CERCLA/SARA litigation support services for cost allocation and cost recovery matters, environmental risk management and remediation services. His environmental consulting clients included Waste Management, Inc. in addition to various regional and national lenders.

Mr. Carvalho attended law school (nights) and received his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University Law School in 1994. Later that year, he sold his company to a publicly held firm and entered the full-time practice of law. He has since served as in-house environmental counsel to First Chicago-NBD Bank (now Chase) and General Motors Corporation prior to relocating to Washington D.C. While in Washington, D.C., Mr. Carvalho was a partner with the firm of O’Connor & Hannan, LLP where he represented clients in environmental transactional matters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, France, and Brazil.

In 2001, Mr. Carvalho relocated to Georgia to assist a Fortune 100 client in the connection with a national expansion, acquisition and development of retail “Big-Box” stores on environmentally impaired properties. Mr. Carvalho’s current and past clients include XL Insurance Co., Calpine Energy Corporation, Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., General Motors Corporation, U.S. Restaurant Properties, Inc., and Entertainment Publishing Co., among others. Mr. Carvalho represents businesses and individuals in connection with CERCLA/SARA actions (defense, cost recovery, and cost allocation), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and related matters. In 2008, he successfully negotiated the first Consent Order under Section 113 of the Clean Air Act in EPA history. A respected environmental litigator, Mr. Carvalho has conducted jury trials and obtained several record verdicts and decisions.

In 2013, Carvalho & Associates opened its Massachusetts Coastal Office to better serve the needs of existing and new clients in New England. Mr. Carvalho provides legal counsel in environmental, energy and real estate matters, and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and federal courts. He regularly represents clients in mediation and arbitration matters.

Mr. Carvalho’s teaching and lecture credits include serving as an Instructor at Wayne State University’s Graduate School of Chemical Engineering, Mercer Law School, Georgia State University Law School and Emory University School of Public Health and Emory Law School. He routinely provides national training in Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments, All Appropriate Inquiry under federal Brownfields Law, CERCLA/SARA, CWA, RCRA, CAA, TSCA and related regulatory matters. He also serves on the Board of Editors for ICSC’s “Retail Law Strategist”, Board of Directors and General Counsel for the National Council for Science and Environment (NCSE), Chair Executive Officer and Advisory Board Member for EnvironMentors.

Mr. Carvalho is an avid scuba diver, a certified Divemaster and Rescue Diver, and teaches scuba diving to adults and children. He is an experienced sailor and has sailed throughout New England, the Great Lakes, Florida, the Caribbean, and the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. Mr. Carvalho’s pro bono interests include the Washington D.C.-based EnvironMentors Program where he sponsors a scholarship for inner-city high school students interested in environmental careers, Wheeler High School’s Magnet Mentor Program where he serves as a Mentor, and Hospice. He is married and has two children.


Michigan State University, College of Law, Juris Doctor, (J.D.), 1994
University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 1987

Bar Admissions
Massachusetts, 2011
Georgia, 2002
District of Columbia, 1999
Michigan, 1994


Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
Michigan Supreme Court
District of Columbia Superior Court
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Superior Court of Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Courts
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Northern District of Georgia


Reported Cases
Court of Appeals of Georgia; A13A0065. Pulte Homes Corporation v. Simerly, et
Decision to uphold $2.5 Million Jury Verdict after a three week trial

Massachusetts Bar Association
Essex County Bar Association
Michigan Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia – Environmental Law Section
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Cobb County Trial Lawyer Association