David Paget has been long and widely recognized as one of this country’s leading practitioners of environmental law and litigation. He has been principally responsible for overseeing the preparation of environmental impact statements and assessment for an imposing number of major public and private development and infrastructure projects. In that capacity he has also had the responsibility for securing approvals and permits for those projects under a myriad of federal and state laws and regulations, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act and their state counterparts. As an accomplished litigator, he has been responsible for defending lawsuits contesting those projects. The clearest measure of his success in that regard is that he has never had a project blocked by litigation.

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 and as associate at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. Among his current engagements, David is serving as the legal consultant to an international and national array of experts, retained by the City of New York to assess and advise it of measures to address climate change adaptation and coastal flood protection.

  • Chambers and Partners, senior statesman in environmental law
  • U.S. News and World Report & Best Lawyers, environmental law and environmental litigation
  • “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 for New York City environmental litigation
  • Super Lawyer, environmental litigation
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • 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
  • Long-standing co-chairman of the annual ABA/ELI program on the National Environmental Policy Act and State Environmental Review Acts
  • Has served on the faculty for the ABA/ELI Environmental Litigation program and for the Practicing Law Institute’s program on Historic Preservation
  • Has co-chaired programs on Resource Recovery Facilities for the United States Conference of Mayors
  • 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
  • Lecturer on Trial Advocacy and 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