Elizabeth Morss - Environmental & Land Use attorney - Nixon Peabody LLP

Elizabeth M. Morss

Beth Morss is counsel in Nixon Peabody’s Environmental and Land Use team and has more than 30 years of experience in environmental compliance, with an emphasis on air, hazardous waste, water, bulk storage, and related issues.

What do you focus on?

I help industrial, commercial, and institutional clients comply with federal, state, and local environmental laws and identify and respond to changes that may affect future operations. In that role, I work closely with clients to determine their environmental compliance obligations, obtain necessary environmental permits and approvals, and implement changes necessary to avoid future problems. My goal is to help clients work cooperatively with regulators to avoid problems whenever possible and address any problems that may arise as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. During the past few years, I have also helped prepare applications for numerous wind and solar projects in New York and am familiar with the environmental issues facing renewable energy developers in the state. I actively monitor developments in New York State and federal environmental law and assist clients in preparing comments on pending regulations, legislation, and guidance.

Industry Involvement

I am actively involved in the environmental industry and have developed training and compliance materials, including environmental procedures, for clients, including a major New York utility. For more than two decades I have been the co-author of Thomson Reuter’s Clean Air Act Handbook: A Practical Guide to Compliance. Updating the Handbook annually gives me a unique opportunity to remain current on federal Clean Air Act developments. I have also presented and lectured on the Clean Air Act, climate change, wastewater permitting, pesticides, and other subjects before various organizations, including the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Association of Towns, the Albany Environmental Breakfast Club, the Mohawk Valley Environmental Information Exchange, and others.

What do you see on the horizon?

The next decade in environmental law will likely be driven by climate change. New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act—if fully implemented—will transform the state’s economy by forcing major changes in the state’s energy infrastructure. These changes will affect every aspect of our lives from the houses we live in to the cars we drive and the work we do. Industry will need to track climate change–related developments closely and be prepared to respond.


  • Clean Air Act Handbook: A Practical Guide to Compliance, Thomson Reuters, 2020, updated annually (co-author)


Water online | March 26, 2021

This online news website, focusing on water and wastewater, included Albany Affordable Housing & Real Estate counsel Beth Morss’ move to the firm.

On the move

Capital Region Chamber | March 08, 2021

This column of notable moves in New York’s Capital Region includes Albany Affordable Housing & Real Estate counsel Beth Morss’ move to the firm.


Elizabeth M. Morss



Phone: 518-427-2738

Fax: 833-901-1495

New York University School of Law, J.D.; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Annual Survey of American Law

New York University Wagner School of Public Administration, M.P.A.

University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude

Bard College at Simon's Rock, A.A. , cum laude

New York

  • New York State Bar Association, 1988–Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, 1993–2008
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