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Pamela R. Esterman, Principal
Executive Summary
Pamela has over 25 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 numerous 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. 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-ABA Environmental Law Course in Washington, D.C. She is an Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law where she teaches Environmental Dispute Resolution. She lectures extensively and has written numerous articles and book chapters on environmental law, ethics and alternative dispute resolution.
Areas of Practice:
Environmental Law and Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor of Law- Pace University Law School
  • Acting Village Justice- Village of Ocean Beach (2006-present)
  • Certified court mediator- EDNY, SDNY, Commercial Division (New York and Westchester Counties)
  • American Bar Association-Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources City Bar- Environmental Law Committee (2008-present)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2003-2008)
Speaking Engagements:
  • Panelist - The Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes-ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting (April, 2009)
  • Co-planning chair and Moderator - 38th Annual ABA Conference on Environmental Law (March, 2009)
  • Co-chair and panelist - Annual Environmental Law Course (American Law Institute-American Bar Association) (1997-present)
  • Moderator - Annual Conference on Environmental Law- Ethics Panel (March 2009)
  • Co-chair - The Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes (City Bar Association) (Nov. 2008)
  • Co-chair -Women in Negotiation (City Bar Association) (October 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Presenter - Legal Ethics in New York (Lorman) (Sept. 2007)
  • Co-chair - Ethics in Mediation and Settlement Negotiation City Bar Association) (April 2007)
  • Panelist - Annual Clean Water Act Course (American Law Institute- American Bar Association) (October 2007, April 2009)
  • 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)

Published Works:

  • 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)


  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D. 1983)
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Law and Forestry (M.S. 1983)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.S. Environmental Science 1979)