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Christine graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1991, and is admitted to practice in New York, California and Connecticut. She specializes in environmental regulatory compliance and transactional matters, counseling clients on complex brownfield and contaminated site redevelopments and environmental aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. She has over ten years of experience negotiating manuscript environmental insurance policies, and recently resolved a multi-million dollar environmental insurance claim through mediation with the carrier.

During the past several years, Christine has worked on many aspects of brownfield redevelopment of properties under the New York State Brownfields Cleanup Program, Superfund sites (CERCLA and its state counterpart) and petroleum spill sites subject to the New York Navigation Law. She has also counseled many clients on compliance with New York City E zoning designation requirements with respect to hazardous materials, air quality and noise attenuation. In addition to counseling clients throughout brownfield redevelopment (due diligence investigation, structuring and negotiating the property sale transaction, environmental consulting and remediation service procurement and oversight, and environmental insurance and regulatory compliance), Christine has worked with corporate and financial institution clients on environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions involving many domestic and international properties.

Early in her career, Christine worked with the Natural Heritage Institute on San Francisco Bay-Delta and Central Valley water quality-quantity interface issues and international environmental refugee issues. She also counseled NRG Energy on environmental aspects of its acquisition of privatized former East German coal mining and power generation assets from Germany (Treuhandanstalt). Before joining Sive, Paget & Riesel, Christine was a member of the Environmental Practice Group of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae in Hartford, CT.

Results
  • Due diligence and environmental acquisition counsel on dozens of individual projects and portfolio acquisitions within New York region and nationally for clients including: private equity investors, institutional lenders, turn-key developer of distribution facilities, shopping center and self-storage facility operators
  • Environmental counsel for many mixed use residential and commercial projects on brownfield locations
  • Environmental counsel to family-owned businesses with environmental legacy liability obligations
  • Led several insurance claim recoveries under environmental policies and for legacy environmental liabilities under general liability policies dating back to the early 1900s
  • Permitting counsel and enforcement defense against asserted violations of coastal zone and freshwater wetland regulations
Clients
  • Queens West Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation (in connection with its Long Island City project)
  • Represented the Georgetown Companies in connection with its development of the new Frank Gehry designed corporate headquarters for IAC/InterActiveCorp)
  • Avalon Bay Communities
  • Several school site projects: Christine has represented the Lycée Français de New York, Roosevelt Union Free School District on Long Island and The Robin Hood Foundation on several charter school projects in New York City
Presentations
  • New Partners For Community Revitalization Fall 2013 Brownfield Roundtable Panelist
  • New York City Department of Transportation: Management of Urban Soils at Construction Sites
  • Continuing legal education (Law Seminars):  Brownfields Incentives
  • Continuing education course for professional engineers and surveyors (Half Moon):  New York and Federal Site Contamination Law
Publications
Community
  • Board Member 118 Suffolk Corp.
  • Community Garden Committee, Claryville, NY