Biography

Shengzhi maintains a general environmental regulatory and litigation practice, working with clients across industrial sectors on United States and international issues.

He considers it a privilege to learn about his clients’ business and operational concerns, and to help them resolve legal issues and achieve their strategic objectives. He enjoys environmental law’s combination of intellectual rigor and real-world problem solving, and is particularly interested in learning about how people respond to policies.

Shengzhi was born in China and is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese. His interest in environmental policy began when he was a high school student in China. He came to the U.S. at age eighteen to pursue his studies and, later, professional career.

Applying a unique mixture of U.S. education, native Chinese life experience, and substantive knowledge and interest in environmental law, Shengzhi aspires to become a one-stop resource for clients who have needs for environment-related legal services covering both the U.S. and China. At Beveridge & Diamond, his U.S. practice focuses on chemical and product-related regulations, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and California Proposition 65, as well as the Clean Air Act. He also supports the firm’s services related to environmental regulations in the Asia-Pacific region, and China in particular, that may affect cross-boundary trade and in-country operations.

Shengzhi was recently part of a team that served a trade association representing an industry with many small businesses that relied on the association to provide compliance advice related to a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation. Shengzhi helped support the client by preparing compliance guidance, forwarding regulatory updates, and responding to individual companies’ questions.

Shengzhi joined the firm following his graduation from Vermont Law School. He served on Vermont Law Review and in the law school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. In his final semester, Shengzhi worked as a full-time judicial intern to Judge Paul L. Friedman in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The D.C. Bar named Shengzhi a 2017 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll High Honors recipient for his pro bono work.

Shengzhi is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. He works on laws and regulations in China, California, and other jurisdictions under supervision by appropriately-licensed firm attorneys.

Education

  • Tulane University  (B.S., cum laude, 2013)
    • Environmental Science, Economics
  • Vermont Law School  (J.D., summa cum laude, 2016)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York