Sean M. Donahue

(716) 504-5741
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Mr. Donahue concentrates his practice on environment and energy law with a focus on environmental compliance, regulations, litigation and due diligence. His depth of experience includes handling matters involving CERCLA/Superfund, federal Brownfields program, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, emerging contaminants, Risk Management Program, and underground storage tanks. Mr. Donahue leverages his previous experience as an advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Land and Emergency Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide Phillips Lytle’s clients with a unique perspective on their matters.

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • New York (Admission Pending)

Honors and Awards

  • 30 Under 30, Buffalo Business First, 2023


  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 2017
  • University of Central Florida, B.S., 2014


  • German
  • Spanish

Professional Associations

  • Air & Waste Management Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER)
    • Litigation Section
    • Young Lawyers Division

Past Activities

  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Leslie Abrams Gardner, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Special Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency