Elizabeth graduated from Harvard Law School in 1999, joined SPR in 2000, and has been a principal since 2010.  Elizabeth’s practice involves environmental impact assessment and litigation under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She defends land use and other determinations made by municipal and state agencies when legal challenges are filed on environmental grounds.  Elizabeth advises developers and other entities with respect to environmental permitting and enforcement actions, and negotiates on their behalf with governmental agencies, particularly in the areas of wetlands and marine work.  Elizabeth’s broad litigation experience also includes matters relating to environmental permitting standards, environmental contamination, administrative law and contractual provisions.

Results
  • Some recent highlights of Elizabeth’s work include:
    • Obtaining dismissal of a SEQRA challenge to the mixed-use City Point project in Brooklyn brought by a community group and labor unions
    • Advising the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with respect to the NEPA review of the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadway to accommodate larger ships traversing the Kill Van Kull, resulting in a Finding of No Significant Impact and the issuance of a Bridge Permit Amendment by the U.S. Coast Guard
    • Advising Empire State Development with respect to the environmental impact reviews for two projects in Harlem: the redevelopment of a historic Harlem theater site, with mixed uses including market-rate and affordable housing, cultural space, and a hotel; and the development of new headquarters for the National Urban League
    • Successfully defending a SEQRA challenge to a Hudson River Park Trust lease allowing the installation of a natural gas pipeline under the Park
    • Advising on the environmental impact statement prepared for the redevelopment of Pier 57 in Hudson River Park, resulting in project approvals by the New York City Planning Commission and City Council
    • Prevailing in a federal bench trial that awarded lost rent and attorneys’ fees to the owner of a contaminated former gas station
Affiliations
  • Admitted to practice in New York State and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Secretary, New York City Bar Association Environmental Law Committee, 2005-2008
Publications
  • Soil Vapor Intrusion in the Workplace, N.Y.L.J., July 16, 2007, co-written with Steven C. Russo
  • Defending Citizen Suits, 47 Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter 708, April 2004, co-written with Daniel Riesel and Steven C. Russo
  • Defense Perspectives on Environmental Citizen Suits, X Widener L. Rev. 395, 2004, co-written with Steven C. Russo
  • Litigating the Administrative Law Case, 22 EPA Admin. L. Reporter 175, Aug. 2003, co-written with Daniel Riesel
  • Views Vary on Environmental Justice – Communities Try to Use Federal Laws to Keep Out Polluting Facilities, N.Y.L.J., Dec. 17, 2001, co-written with Steven C. Russo
Community
  • Member, Executive Board, Maple Street School
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