January 12, 2015

Tracey L. Mancini
Marketing Communications Manager
(716) 847-8340


Albany, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP, a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence, has elected attorney Thomas F. Puchner to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2015. He resides in the firm’s Albany office.

The firm extended the offer of partnership to six attorneys, from four of its offices, as a reflection of their hard work, dedication, firm citizenship and many accomplishments.

Mr. Puchner focuses his practice on environmental law, including permitting and compliance matters regarding RCRA and other complex environmental regulatory programs; environmental clean-up and brownfield programs and related matters under federal and state Superfund statutes; New York’s Navigation Law (petroleum spills); environmental impact reviews, including SEQRA and NEPA; and land use and zoning matters.

Mr. Puchner has worked extensively on environmental impact reviews for large scale infrastructure and private development projects. He has broad experience assisting clients with environmental regulatory issues with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation including, in particular, proposed regulations for natural gas development in New York’s Marcellus Shale.

Mr. Puchner also has significant experience counseling clients in the oil and gas industry, as well as with related litigation. Also in the energy sector, Mr. Puchner has assisted clients with regulatory matters before the New York State Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as with local SEQRA review for wind energy projects.

Mr. Puchner earned his and J.D., magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School. He received his B.A. from University of Vermont and his Master of Studies in Environmental Law (M.S.E.L.), magna cum laude.

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