Steve Levitas is one of the leading renewable energy lawyers in the Southeast, representing solar and biomass developers as well as commercial and industrial energy users. He also represents a wide range of corporate and governmental clients on environmental regulatory matters, with an emphasis on wastewater permitting and compliance, wetland and stream permitting and mitigation, water quality policy, and remediation and redevelopment of contaminated property.

From 1993 through 1996, Mr. Levitas served as Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources. Prior to his tenure as Deputy Secretary, he served as Director and Senior Attorney of the North Carolina Environmental Defense Fund, which he helped found in 1987.

Mr. Levitas has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law since 2003; listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2004; listed as #1 in the area of Environmental Law in the 2016 and the five years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business; named one of the Triad area's "Movers and Shakers" for 2010 by Business Leader Magazine; named to Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" list since 2003; recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014; and listed as a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in Environmental law by Super Lawyers magazine since 2006. He is AV® rated by Martindale- Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Member

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law, Past Member

Biofuels Center of North Carolina Board of Directors, Past Member

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment Board of Visitors, Member and Past Chairman

Opera Company of North Carolina Board of Directors, Past Member and Past Chairman

Triangle Land Conservancy Board of Directors, Past Member

Southeast Energy Alliance Board of Directors, Member and Secretary

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Board of Directors, Member

Center for Energy Education Board of Directors, Member


  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1982)
    cum laude
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. (1976)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1983)


  • U.S. Supreme Court (1986)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1985)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1983)


  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina — Honorable James B. McMillan

Who We Are

Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
t +1 919.420.1707
f +1 919.510.6145

Steven J. Levitas

Experience Highlights

Groundwater litigation
Successfully defended three private lawsuits brought against municipal client for alleged groundwater contamination from biosolids land application. more
Convenience store chain UST enforcement action
Assisted a national convenience store chain in reaching and implementing a global settlement to resolve underground storage regulatory violations and more
Brownfields agreement for former food processing site
Negotiated the first Brownfields agreement in North Carolina that allowed for transfer of a RCRA-permitted facility to the state Brownfields Program. more
Environmental counsel to private equity fund investing in redevelopment of contaminated property
Have provided environmental counsel to a private equity fund in connection with regulatory, liability transfer and insurance issues relating to the more