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Adam
Stolorow

Principal

Adam
Stolorow

Principal

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.

Litigation

City Point

Location: Brooklyn, NY | Date: 2013

On behalf of project developers, SPR obtained dismissal of claims in New  York County Supreme Court brought under the State Environmental Quality Review Act to challenge the mixed-use City Point project in Downtown Brooklyn by community group and labor unions on statute of limitations and standing grounds.  SPR also advised the developer with respect to subsequent environmental review of project modifications.
Development And Land Use
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Environmental Review
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Permitting and Litigation for Government-Sponsored Developments

The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge

Location: Westchester, NY | Date: 2014

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.

Municipal Law

Long Island Power Authority – Southampton to Bridgehampton Transmission Line Project

Location: Bridgehampton, NY | Date: 2008

SPR is environmental counsel to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and represented LIPA in connection with the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the construction of a transmission line between the LIPA substations located in Southampton and Bridgehampton on the East End of Long Island. The project, which also included an expansion of the Bridgehampton substation, was controversial because of the proposal to install part of the line above ground on poles installed along the route of existing overhead distribution lines. SPR led the EIS project team and defended LIPA when its project approval was challenged in New York State Supreme Court. The matter was successfully resolved when LIPA and the Town of Southampton entered into an agreement on a funding mechanism to permit the entire installation of the line underground without burdening LIPA ratepayers as a whole with the expense for that additional work.

“NYC Laws and Leases: What Can Be Done to Protect Tenants”

For: International Facility Management Association, panelist on NYC Local Law 97

November 2019

“She Blinded Me with Science: New Technology as a Tool in Environmental Cases”

For: CLE panel chair, NYSBA

September 2019

“Highlights of NYC’s Building Emissions Law”

For: Environmental Law Network webinar

August 2019

“How NYC Building Owners Will Cash In on the New Environmental Standards”

For: Queens Chamber of Commerce panelist on NYC Local Law 97

July 2019

“SEQR: 2017 Proposed SEQR Amendments”

For: CLE panelist, NYSBA

October 2017

“The Environmental Lawyer’s Role in an Environmental Crisis”

For: The New York Environmental Lawyer

Fall 2016

“Greening the Yellow Taxi Fleet”

For: City University of New York

November 2010

“Federal Preemption of State and Local Environmental Initiatives: The Latest Battles.”

For: ABA teleconference panelist

December 2009

David Paget’s Life and Career Featured in Super Lawyers Article

Super Lawyers magazine’s October 2017 issue features an in-depth profile of SPR founding partner David Paget. ...

DEC Publishes Final Revised Solid Waste Management Regulations

After 18 months of public comment and revisions to its solid waste regulations, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has published the finalized version of the regulations, which ...

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2008, Dean's Scholarship

Brown University, B.A., 1998

New York, 2009

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Co-Chair, Environmental Impact Review Committee, Section on Environmental & Energy Law of the New York State Bar Association

Founding board member, NYC Climate Action Alliance

Interim board chair and pro bono counsel for Green Guerillas, supporting community gardens in NYC

Member, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Energy & Environmental Committee

Member, New York City Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee

Member, Westchester County Bar Association, Municipal Law Section

New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI) participant, 2009