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Sharron Langham
Phone: 919.838.2029
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • New York
  • Florida


Stetson University, J.D., 1988

  • Law Review

Eckerd College, B.A. 1984

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1982-1983

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Stephen T. Parascandola

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6775
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Steve Parascandola is recognized as one of North Carolina's leading environmental, health and safety lawyers by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business LawyersThe Best Lawyers in America©, Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, and North Carolina Super Lawyers. He leads Smith Anderson's Governmental Affairs, Administrative and Regulatory Law team, including the Environmental and OSHA practice groups.

Steve began his career as an environmental, health and safety attorney in the New York City office of Cullen and Dykman LLP. Prior to joining Smith Anderson in 1996, he also spent over three years as Senior Enforcement Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Among other things, Steve served as co-counsel in the first Superfund cost recovery action ever brought by the State of North Carolina. He has also served as lead defense counsel in one of the largest OSHA enforcement actions brought to date in North Carolina.

His current practice involves many substantive areas of environmental, OSHA and land use law, including the State and Federal CERCLA, RCRA, UST, Dry Cleaner Solvent and Brownfields Programs. His practice also includes water quality, landfill, storm water, and wetlands issues. He regularly counsels clients on risk management, particularly with respect to mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, insurance matters, investigations and audits, and public company environmental disclosures. He has extensive experience representing clients before regulatory agencies and has handled a broad range of complex transactions for the purchase, sale, leasing, construction and development of commercial, industrial, and public utility properties.

Within the Firm, Steve has held various leadership positions and currently serves as a member of the Firm’s Compensation Committee.  

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • New York Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Member, Environmental Law Section Council
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Local Advisory Board, Capital Bank
  • Member, Existing Industry Committee, Cary Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Board of Governors of MacGregor Downs Country Club
  • Member, North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Member, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry’s Environmental Concerns Committee
  • Member, North Carolina Economic Developers Association

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Environmental (2013-2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Environmental Law (2007-2017)
  • Business North Carolina "Legal Elite," Environmental
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2010-2013, 2016)
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • Fluent in Italian and Spanish; conversational and written Portuguese


  • Served as local environmental counsel for Fortune 100 company that owns and operates large scale waste-to-energy facilities
  • Represented a major convenience store chain for over 16 years in connection with acquisitions, enforcement defense, environmental permitting, and private party settlements throughout 13 states
  • Represented a global developer and manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and agrochemicals  in connection with defense of one of the single largest OSHA enforcement actions ever brought by the N.C. Department of Labor
  • Represented an international privately-held soft drink manufacturer, seller and distributing company in connection with its acquisitions and environmental and OSHA compliance at facilities across the United States
  • Assisted the largest electric utility in the United States for over 16 years with acquisitions, dispositions, and regulatory compliance regarding the utility's power plant properties, lakes, substations, transmission and distribution projects across North and South Carolina
  • Represented a national paper product company in connection with its environmental permitting and OSHA compliance at several North Carolina facilities
  • Represented a major convenience store chain with environmental insurance coverage disputes throughout the Southeast
  • Represented the largest electric utility in the United States who is a performing party in a CERCLA removal action at the largest Superfund Site in North Carolina and also in related contribution litigation brought against over 150 parties
  • Represented the nation's third-largest poultry producer in OSHA enforcement defense, managing OSHA inspections, and with responses to employee complaints made to NCDOL's OSH Division
  • Represented one of the nation's largest convenience store chains with the acquisition of 47 stores and 6 ethanol distribution facilities in Kansas and Missouri
  • Assisted a global developer and manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and agrochemicals with OSHA compliance, document requests and inspections by NCDOL's OSH Division
  • Represented various clients to defend against and avoid to third-party claims for property damage and personal injury related to off-site contamination from underground storage tanks and general facility operations



  • Co-Author, "North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook," Chapter VII: Environmental Issues in Construction Law, 2013
  • Author, "North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook," Environmental Law Chapter, 2010
  • Co-Author, "Water Availability: Practical Approaches for Dealing with Drought and Growth Pressures," Land Use Institute, 2008
  • Co-Author, "Consider State Incentives Before Deciding to Expand," Business North Carolina Law Journal, 2005
  • Author, "Businesses Face Significant Regulation Bringing Biotech Products to Market," Business North Carolina Journal, 2001