Ken is head of Allen & Overy's Global Environmental and Regulatory Law Group, U.S. Environmental and Regulatory Law Group and U.S. Pro Bono Program. He and his team advise on environmental and regulatory risk in M&A, projects, capital markets, lending and real estate transactions, compliance with U.S. and EU environmental and regulatory requirements (such as the WEEE and RoHS Directives and REACH), conflict minerals, emissions trading and climate change, environmental disputes, toxic tort risk, SEC disclosure requirements and corporate governance issues. Ken and his team also advise on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. and international economic sanctions, Exon-Florio and similar matters.
Ken has served on numerous bar committees, is a member of the Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, a member of the Editorial Board of "Environmental Liability", a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He writes and speaks frequently on environmental and regulatory matters. He is also a Trustee at Montclair Kimberley Academy, and a board member for the Blacksmith Institute and the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair, NJ.
Ken is widely recognized as a leading international lawyer. According to Legal 500 2013, "Ken is one of 'the best environmental deal lawyers' and has 'very comprehensive' knowledge of environmental issues, covering 'directives, exemptions, and jurisdictions'". Ken has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA being described as, "extremely focused, responsive and loyal to his clients....this international environment leader is praised for 'bringing a wealth of experience, thinking outside the box and helping to anticipate risk. '"Who's Who Legal 2012 states that Ken is, "internationally recognized for his work and 'the first port of call' for many clients in relation to environmental and regulatory risk in all types of transactions, as well as compliance and disputes."
Ken's recent speaking engagements include:
Moderator, The Debate Between Environmental Sustainability and Economic Solvency: A lecture by Dr. Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, Columbia Law School, September 2014
Moderator, Recent Developments in Environmental Law in Latin America, May 2012
Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1997
Admitted: Bar of the State of New Jersey, 1995
J.D., cum laude, Boston University, 1994
B.A., Brown University, 1987
'The REACH of Europe's Regulatory System: New Era Begins for Registration and Assessment of Chemicals', New York Law Journal, P. 9, July 14, 2008, by Kenneth Rivlin, Felise Cooper, Matthew Townsend and Rebecca Lawson
'WEEE and RoHS Directives: New Requirements Impacting the Global Supply Chain of the High-Tech Industry,' American Competitiveness Institute, August 2005, with Jean-Philippe Brisson and David Wharwood
'Preparing for the WEEE Directive,' Circuits Assembly, April 2005, with Jean-Philippe Brisson and David Wharwood
'Proposed Rule Changes to Federal Civil Procedure May Introduce New Challenges in Environmental Class Action Litigation,' Harvard Environmental Law Review, Volume 27, Number 2, (July) 2003, with Jamaica Potts
'Not So Fast: The Sealed Air Asbestos Settlement and Methods of Risk Management in the Acquisition of Companies with Asbestos Liabilities,' 11 NYU Environmental Law Journal, July 2003, with Jamaica Potts
'Rising Environmental Stakes in Europe—The New Environmental Laws Applicable to Electrical and Electronic Equipment and What They Mean for High-Tech Companies,' AeA and Allen & Overy, April 2003
'The Precautionary Principle Under U.S. Law,' 11 Environmental Liability 1, February 2003, with Jean-Philippe Brisson
'2002 Annual Report, Environmental, Energy & Resources Law: 2002 Year in Review 227,' 2003 (summary of recent developments in parent corporation liability), with Valerie Vena and the American Bar Association Environmental Transactions, Audits and Brownfields Committee
'Atlantic Coast May End State Waste Flow Scheme,' New Jersey Law Journal, March 13, 1995