Stephen Berlin has significant experience in several areas of environmental law, including environmental litigation, business transactions involving environmental issues and environmental compliance matters. Since joining the firm, he has worked in most areas of environmental litigation, both in federal and state courts with an emphasis on private environmental costs recovery actions and representations of potentially responsible parties at Superfund sites and RCRA issues. Mr. Berlin has handled matters both at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts. He has handled numerous matters involving plaintiff's claims of injury caused by contamination.

Mr. Berlin has been lead counsel for some of the largest Brownfields projects in the Southeast U.S. In recent years, he has litigated toxic tort, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) cases in all the district courts of North and South Carolina and successfully argued a case involving the interpretation of CERCLA to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. During the course of this career, he has acted as lead environmental counsel for several multi-million dollar business transactions involving manufacturing concerns throughout the United States.

Mr. Berlin was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law in 2018 and the ten years immediately preceding. He was also named a 2016 and 2018 "Greensboro Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Environmental Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Berlin has also been recognized in the 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and named to Business North Carolina’s 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 "Legal Elite" list. He was recognized among the Triad's "Most Influential" professional executives by the Triad Business Journal for the seventh consecutive year. Mr. Berlin has been recognized as a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine for Environmental Litigation and Land Use/Zoning in 2010 and for Environmental Law in 2010 and again in 2017 and the five years immediately preceding and recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2010 and 2011. Mr. Berlin was named one of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in Law” in 2015. 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

Chair of Arts Council Board of Trustees

Immediate Past Chair of Winston-Salem Business Inc.; member of Board

Wake Forest Law School Board of Visitors

Board of Trustees University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Executive Committee Forsyth Futures

Past Chair of Arts Council CEO Search Committee

Founding Board Member of Winston-Salem Children’s Museum

Past Chair Development Committee of Winston-Salem Children's Museum

Wake Forest University School of Law, Adjunct Professor and coach of the National Trial Court Team

Forsyth County Bar Association, Past President (2003)

Past Chair of Enrichment Center Board

Rotary Club of Winston-Salem


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (1984)
    cum laude
  • Wake Forest University, B.A. (1981)
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1984)


  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina — Chief Judge Hiram H. Ward

Who We Are

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Stephen R. Berlin

Experience Highlights

United States of America et al. v. Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, N.A.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of third party defendant, Achieve Bank N.A., and successfully argued the first reported case before the more
Acquisition of textile plant and environmental matters for construction company
Represented construction company with real property acquisition, site environmental assessment and remediation issues, and negotiation and more
Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Grant counsel to municipality
Represented a North Carolina city in writing, obtaining, and implementing its first Brownfields Assessment Grant and its first Brownfields Revolving more
Environmental complex business litigation for paper manufacturing company
The firm serves as lead counsel on behalf of a paper manufacturing company in environmental complex business litigation regarding more