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Storm King Mountain Sive, Paget & Riesel has been a leader in Environmental Law and Litigation in New York and elsewhere since the early 1960's. More than four decades ago, Sive, Paget & Riesel lawyers led the administrative and judicial proceedings following the landmark Storm King Mountain litigation in New York's Hudson River region. Our attorneys also led the successful fight to stop the Hudson River Expressway, which resulted in an opinion that is the first reported decision contained in the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter.The Storm King Mountain disputes preceded the first Earth Day in 1970, the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

A lot has changed since those early days, but Sive, Paget & Riesel continues to be an industry leader, assisting clients in the preparation of environmental assessments and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), working on Brownfield redevelopment projects and environmental permitting, and supporting corporate transactions with due diligence reviews and risk assessments. Most of the Firm’s attorneys are experienced litigators, prosecuting and defending Superfund cost recovery actions, oil spill cases and challenges to EISs and environmental reviews. We have also defended a number of complex toxic tort cases, which have resulted in a number of landmark court decisions in this area. We remain on the cutting edge, lecturing frequently on a variety of topics, including quickly evolving areas such as alternative energy, global warming and climate change. Our attorneys counsel our clients and keep them informed as to new laws and regulations, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), are put into place as the New York region and our nation grapple with the complex array of issues relating to climate change and the potential environmental impacts from global warming.

A recognized leader in our field, SPR has been selected by two independent ranking agencies – Chambers and Partners, and Who’s Who Legal – as the leading firm for environmental law and litigation in New York.

We use our experience, insight and creativity to support a diverse array of clients facing a wide range of environmental issues such as:

Tappan Zee Bridge Project
  • Federal and State Superfund Litigation
  • Development Permitting, Environmental Review and Judicial Review
  • Corporate Transactional Due Diligence
  • Environmental Insurance
  • Oil Spills
  • Compliance Counseling and Audits
  • Hazardous Waste Cleanups and Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Wetlands
  • Regulatory Takings Litigation
  • Civil and Criminal Investigations and Enforcement Litigation
  • Global Warming and Climate Change
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Along with our nationally recognized environmental work, Sive, Paget & Riesel has developed a strong reputation for its commercial litigation expertise. Our litigation practice provides strength and depth unique for a firm of its size. Virtually all of our attorneys are actively involved in litigation and our attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of complex trials and appeals in federal and state courts. For decades our attorneys have defended educational institutions, corporations and other not-for-profit institutions in employment discrimination and other litigation matters brought in both federal and state courts.

Recognized leaders in their fields, members of our legal team are former federal prosecutors and governmental litigators, and have served as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and lecture frequently at national and state conferences. We pride ourselves in providing high quality, cost-effective representation with personal attention to our clients' needs. Our lawyers approach counseling, transactions and agency practice with a complete understanding of litigation risks and the need to establish a beneficial evidentiary record. Our reputation for being on the leading edge attracts a wide variety of clients, from industrial and manufacturing companies to local and federal government agencies.