Adam is an experienced litigator specializing in environmental, land use, regulatory and municipal law. He represents private parties, municipalities and government agencies in a wide range of issues including the environmental review and permitting of development projects under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), compliance and resolution of environmental enforcement matters before federal, state, and local agencies, zoning challenges, redevelopment of brownfield properties and site remediation. His work on Superfund cases includes the representation of a multi-national corporation at a complex contaminated sediment site and the representation of a Native American nation as trustee for natural resource damages claims.
As a founding Board member of the newly-formed NYC Climate Action Alliance, Adam is committed to finding environmental solutions that help the City achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent and offsetting remaining emissions to achieve a carbon-neutral NYC by 2050.
Prior to joining Sive, Paget & Riesel in 2011, Adam served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Environmental Law Division of the New York City Law Department, where he defended the City’s initiative to “green” its yellow taxi fleet against claims of preemption under the Clean Air Act, brought litigation to defend the City’s watershed, and defended City infrastructure projects in cases involving SEQRA and ULURP review, the use of City parkland, and eminent domain. Before attending law school, Adam served as the statewide volunteer coordinator and aide to then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, and as a communications officer in the United States Army Signal Corps.
The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge
Sive, Paget & Riesel represented the New York State Thruway Authority, which together with the Metro North Railroad, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, undertook the Tappan Zee Bridge/I287 Corridor environmental review. This process addressed the possible replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Firm advised the Project Sponsors with regard to the environmental review of the proposal pursuant to both NEPA and SEQRA, as well as to environmental permitting and related requirements.
Long Island Power Authority – Southampton to Bridgehampton Transmission Line Project
“She Blinded Me with Science: New Technology as a Tool in Environmental Cases”
For: CLE panel chair, NYSBA
“Highlights of NYC’s Building Emissions Law”
For: Environmental Law Network webinar
“How NYC Building Owners Will Cash In on the New Environmental Standards”
For: Queens Chamber of Commerce panelist on NYC Local Law 97
“SEQR: 2017 Proposed SEQR Amendments”
For: CLE panelist, NYSBA
“The Environmental Lawyer’s Role in an Environmental Crisis”
For: The New York Environmental Lawyer
“Greening the Yellow Taxi Fleet”
For: City University of New York
“Federal Preemption of State and Local Environmental Initiatives: The Latest Battles.”
For: ABA teleconference panelist