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Pamela has over 30 years of experience solving a wide range of environmental and land use problems, using a broad array of tools from litigation to alternative dispute resolution. She is an experienced mediator, having mediated over 200 cases in federal and state court. She serves as a court appointed mediator for the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts and the Supreme Court of New York, Commercial Division, as well as the District of New Jersey. Her experience at the firm includes litigating complex multi-party hazardous waste cases; obtaining permits and project approvals for commercial, industrial and municipal development projects; handling the environmental aspects of business and real estate transactions; and consulting on climate change planning.

Since 1997, Pamela has served as co-planning chair for the annual ALI-CLE Environmental Law Conference in Washington, D.C. She lectures extensively and has written numerous commentary articles and book chapters on various topics relating to environmental law, ethics and alternative dispute resolution.

Recognitions
  • Received “AV” rating in Martindale & Hubbell (2000-present)
  • 2013 Top Rated “Women Leaders in the Law”  American Lawyer Magazine
  • 2009 Founders Award, Kheel Center for the Resolution of Environmental Disputes
  • 1982 National Summer Scholar, Environmental Law Institute
Results
  • Mediate disputes including environmental, land use, real estate, breach of contract, insurance coverage, construction, business/commercial, RICO, personal injury, employment, 1983 claims, and toxic tort claims
  • Analyze environmental and health and safety aspects of real estate and corporate transactions; coordinate due diligence; negotiate and draft environmental contract provisions; provide guidance with respect to regulatory compliance
  • Serve as at-large trustee in major environmental bankruptcy proceeding
  • Serve as counsel and coordinating counsel in the prosecution and defense of cost-recovery actions
  • Manage consultants in site investigation and remediation work; negotiate remediations with regulatory agencies
Affiliations
  • Acting Village Justice, Village of Ocean Beach (2006-present)
  • Certified court mediator, EDNY, SDNY, Commercial Division (New York and Westchester Counties), District of New Jersey (1989-present)
  • American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Co-Chair, Committee on State Bar Cooperation
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • NYSBA Dispute Resolution Committee, Chair, ADR in Government Committee
  • City Bar, Environmental Law Committee (2008-2011); Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2003-2008)
Activities
  • Chair, Ethics Committee, Village of Ocean Beach, NY
  • Co-Chair of Advisory Board, Kheel Center for the Resolution of Environmental Disputes
  • Adjunct Professor, Pace Law School (2009-10)
  • Member, NYSBA Climate Change Initiative Task Force
  • Co-planning Chair, Annual ALI CLE Environmental Law Course
  • AAA Mediator, Post-Sandy Mediations
Lectures
  • Co-planning Chair and Moderator, Annual ABA Conference on Environmental Law (2009, 2014)
  • Panelist and Co-planning Chair, Recovery and Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy: Legal Perspectives in What We Know and Where We Go (NY/NJ Bar Association) (April 2013)
  • Panelist, The Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes-ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting (April 2009)
  • Co-chair and panelist, Annual Environmental Law Course (American Law Institute-American Bar Association) (1997-present)
  • Speaker, Ethics for Land Use Lawyers, Pace Law School (2011)
  • Speaker, Ethics for the Environmental Lawyer, Pace Law School (2010)
  • Moderator, Annual Conference on Environmental Law, Ethics Panel (March 2009)
  • Co-planning Chair and Moderator, Changing Times-Changing Practice: Effective Legal Strategies to Resolve New Environmental Disputes (Pace Law School 2009)
  • Co-chair, The Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes (City Bar Association) (Nov. 2008)
  • Co-chair, Women in Negotiation (City Bar Association) (October 2006-2008)
  • Presenter, Legal Ethics in New York (Lorman) (Sept. 2007)
  • Co-chair, Ethics in Mediation and Settlement Negotiation, City Bar Association (April 2007)
  • Panelist, Clean Water Act Course (American Law Institute) (2007-present)
  • Panelist, New Solutions to Environmental Problems in Business and Real Estate Deals, Practicing Law Institute (Nov. 2001-2004)
  • Panelist, Real Estate and the Environment: NY’s New Brownfields Law (NYSBA) (May 2004)
  • Panelist, Retail Property Development: Current Trends and Practice (1999-2001) Practicing Law Institute
  • Presenter, The New York State Association of Towns Annual Meeting: The Role of Mediation in Local Land Use Disputes 1999 and 2000)
Publications
  • “Recovery and Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy: Legal Changes Required to Implement the NYS 2100 Comm. Policy Recommendations” (2013) (co-author)
  • “Climate Change Adaptation: Fostering Progress Through Law and Regulation,” 18 NYU Envtl. L. J. 55 (2010) (co-author)
  • “Effective Representation of Clients in Environmental Dispute Resolution,” 27 Pace Env. L.Rev. 61 (2010) (co-author)
  • “Ethical Considerations for the Environmental Lawyer,” The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (Nov. 2008)
  • “Ethical Issues in Environmental Law” ALI-ABA (Feb. 2003 – present)
  • “Reporting Obligations and Ethical Issues Confronting Environmental Lawyers,” Practicing Law Institute (Dec. 2001 and Nov. 2002)
  • “The Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Land Use Cases,” the Center for American and International Law (June 2002)
  • “Ethical Issues in Environmental Matters in New York,” Env. Law in New York (July 2001) (co-author)
  • “Ethical Issues in Environmental and Land Use Matters” ALI-ABA (Feb. 2001)
  • “Managing Environmental Issues in Property Acquisitions,” The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, Vol. 15 (March 1999) and Practicing Law Institute (Sept. 1999) (Co-author)
  • “‘Fold or Fight’ the Changing Settlement Calculus in CERCLA Enforcement Actions,” Vol. lX Fordham 469 (1998) (Co-author)
  • “Book Chapter 11-C- Alternative Dispute Resolution,” in the Environmental Law Practice Guide, Matthew Bender (1998) (Co-author)
  • Book Chapter on Administrative Agency Relationships in New York Environmental Law and Regulations, West (1996) and Supplements (1997-2001)