Environmental Law

We have been included in Chambers USA for outstanding capabilities in environmental law for 15 consecutive years.

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More Than 50 Years of Environmental Experience

Phillips Lytle’s success representing a wide range of clients with environmental law matters spans decades and includes our role as sole defense counsel to Hooker Chemical Company (now Occidental Chemical Corporation) for personal injury actions and co-counsel on cleanup actions related to Love Canal.

Fortune 500 companies regularly rely on Phillips Lytle for assistance with issues related to environmental law. We have been included in Chambers USA for outstanding capabilities in environmental law for 15 consecutive years.

Our environmental law experience pre-dates the advent of water pollution legislation in 1970. It intensified with the enactment of waste management laws in 1976 and environmental cleanup laws in 1980. Our rich history of progressive environmental representation helped us to evolve into one of the most sophisticated practices in New York State and the nation. We also have established an innovative and successful Brownfield Redevelopment Practice, as well as one of the most comprehensive State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)/Environmental Impact Review practices in the region.

Our Environmental Law Team consists of both trial and administrative law attorneys with training and experience in civil and criminal litigation in state, federal and administrative proceedings, as well as environmental regulatory attorneys who advise business clients about regulatory compliance, environmental permit management, new property development and the redevelopment of environmentally distressed property.

We also represent clients on the varied environmental issues associated with real property transactions, asset and stock acquisitions, and divestitures. Our environmental attorneys collaborate with attorneys from other practice areas in the firm to give our clients the interdisciplinary depth that ensures complete, cost-effective representation. To that end, many of our attorneys have backgrounds in corporate, banking and financial services, real estate, personal injury, and chemical exposure/toxic tort law.


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Attorneys With a Broad Range of Environmental Experience

Our Environmental Law attorneys offer expertise in many areas, including:
  • Compliance with state and federal environmental statutes and regulations, including the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Environmental Impact Reviews pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and SEQRA
  • Land use, permitting and zoning
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Chemical exposure and toxic tort litigation defense
  • Civil and criminal litigation and administrative proceedings for state and federal matters involving Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as well as the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts
  • Environmental issues concerning mergers, acquisitions and real property transfers, including environmental due diligence, environmental insurance and related contract negotiations
  • Development and implementation of brownfield cleanups for contaminated properties, and maximizing economic incentives and related tax credits
  • Developing strategies for managing complex contaminated sediment sites, including sites under the Great Lakes Legacy Act
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Meet Our Environmental Law Team

David P. Flynn Partner
Lauren Adornetto Associate
Christopher D. Barraza Partner
Joel A. Blanchet Partner
Molly K. Brennan Special Counsel
Thomas K. Caraher Associate
David L. Cook Partner
Andrew P. Devine Partner
Luke Donigan Senior Associate
Flora Donovan Associate
Grant A. J. Emerson Associate
Nicholas P. Fedorka Associate
Matthew J. Fitzgerald Senior Associate
Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
Lindsey E. Haubenreich Partner
Adam D. Herron Associate
Kevin M. Hogan Partner
Tristan D. Hujer Partner
Diana E. Konik Associate
John T. Murray Senior Associate
Kimberly R. Nason Partner
James R. O’Connor Partner
John A. Pappano Of Counsel
Thomas F. Puchner Partner
Robert Reagan Senior Associate
Joseph B. Schmit Partner
Lisa L. Smith Partner
Benjamin Sugarman Associate
Rebecca A. Valentine Associate
Adam S. Walters Partner
Shengkai Xu Associate
David P. Flynn Partner
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Molly K. Brennan Special Counsel
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Matthew J. Fitzgerald Senior Associate
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Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
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John T. Murray Senior Associate
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Robert Reagan Senior Associate
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