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David Paget, Principal
David Paget has extensive experience in environmental law and related litigation, particularly in preparing and processing environmental impact statements and permits pursuant to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act and their New York State counterparts. David began litigating and managing environmental cases in the early 1970s following his service as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Among the many projects and undertakings in which David has been a central participant in the preparation of environmental impact statements and in obtaining related permits and approvals, and successfully defending legal challenges to those projects, are:

  • The approval and development of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • The approval and development of a new Yankee Stadium.
  • The expansion of the United States Tennis Association facilities in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, New York City.
  • The approval and development of Hudson River Park.
  • The approval of a major renovation of the Seventh Regiment Armory.
  • Major residential and mixed use developments, including Battery Park City, Riverside South, Queens West, the Davids Island project in New Rochelle, New York and the Tuxedo Reserve project in Tuxedo, New York.
  • Major economic and other development projects in the City of New York and elsewhere, including Silvercup West, One Bryant Park, Seven World Trade Center, Governors Island, the original New York City Convention Center and its currently proposed expansion, the Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning, the 42nd Street Redevelopment, Metro Tech, Gateway Estates at Starrett City, South Street Seaport, the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Morgan Stanley, the expansion of Northern Westchester Hospital, the New York Times major printing plant, the Harlem River Yards inter-modal facility, the Palisades Mall, the Olympus project in the Town of Huntington, the New York Hospital development in White Plains, the Harlem Valley, New York light industrial park, the Cadillac Square shopping mall development in Detroit, Michigan, the Tanger Outlet Mall and the Traditional Links golf and residential project, both in Riverhead, New York.
  • Major infrastructure projects, including, currently, the Tappan Zee Bridge I-287 Corridor project.
  • Resource recovery and cogeneration projects in New York City, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Albany, New York.
  • The environmental assessment and disposition by New York State of all of its mental health care facilities and campuses.
  • The representation of major participants in the solid waste collection and disposal sector.

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David has been the long-standing co-chairman of the annual ABA/ELI program on the National Environmental Policy Act and State Environmental Review Acts. He has served on the faculty for the American Bar Association/Environmental Law Institute ("ABA/ELI") Environmental Litigation program and for the Practicing Law Institute's program on Historic Preservation. He has co-chaired programs on Resource Recovery Facilities for the United States Conference of Mayors. He was the co-chairman of the Practicing Law Institute's program on Retail Property Development and a participant in its program on Negotiating the Sophisticated Real Estate Sale Transaction. He has also been a lecturer on Trial Advocacy and also has lectured on environmental law at Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law, Fordham Law School, Pace University School of Law and seminars sponsored by the American Planning Association.


  • New York University School of Law (L.L.B. 1964): Order of the Coif and Law Review Editor
  • City College of New York (A.B. 1961)

Click here to read a profile of David Paget, featured in the December 2006 issue of CityLand