Attorneys

Principals

Steven Barshov
Steven’s areas of specialization include land use law, environmental law, local government law, real estate, as well as related litigation. Having represented numerous developers, businesses, municipalities, and community organizations in more than 30 years of practice, Steven has handled projects of all sizes — from a large master planned community of 1195 units with a … Read Post

Michael S. Bogin
Michael Bogin’s practice focuses on all aspects of environmental regulation and permitting, with particular emphasis on matters and facilities involving wastewater and stormwater discharges, tidal and freshwater wetlands and solid and hazardous waste management. Starting with the seminal New York City Landfills Superfund cases, Michael has litigated many CERCLA cost recovery and toxic tort claims … Read Post

Mark A. Chertok
Mark Chertok has been active in environmental and land use counseling, permitting, enforcement and litigation for more than thirty years. His experience spans a broad spectrum of substantive areas, including environmental impact statement (EIS) counseling and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), wetlands … Read Post

Dan Chorost
Dan is an environmental and commercial litigator who helps guide domestic and international clients through the environmental review required for solar, wind and other complex development projects. For renewable and other major projects, Dan helps property owners, developers and governmental entities navigate the environmental review processes required by the State Environmental Quality Review Act and … Read Post

Jennifer Coghlan
Jennifer regularly works with landowners, developers, consultants and engineers to successfully guide development projects through environmental review processes under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and New York City’s Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). She has also litigated SEQRA and NEPA challenges. Jennifer’s practice includes representation of state and … Read Post

John-Patrick Curran
John’s practice focuses on environmental and construction law, representing residential, commercial and industrial real property owners, operators and developers, construction managers, contractors, design professionals and lenders. John guides clients in navigating complex issues relating to real estate acquisition and development, construction, property management, risk management and management of environmental conditions at facilities throughout the United … Read Post

Pamela R. Esterman
Pamela has over 30 years of experience solving a wide range of environmental and land use problems, using a broad array of tools from litigation to alternative dispute resolution. She is an experienced mediator, having mediated over 200 cases in federal and state court. She serves as a court appointed mediator for the United States … Read Post

Scott Furman
Scott Furman has a breadth of legal experience focusing on identification and implementation of solutions to complex environmental issues.  Scott’s knowledge of and expertise in Brownfield Redevelopment programs, and similar Voluntary Cleanup Programs, has enabled his clients to complete redevelopment and remediation projects in 14 different states. His work has brought him to nation- and … Read Post

Jeffrey B. Gracer
Jeff has a vibrant domestic and international environmental law practice.  In addition to his domestic practice, which includes representing a large multi-national enterprise in the largest Superfund matter in the US, Jeff regularly represents non-US companies with respect to US environmental matters.  When environmental issues arise for clients domiciled outside of the US, Jeff is … Read Post

Elizabeth Knauer
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 … Read Post

Christine M. Leas
Christine Leas advises clients on a broad array of transactional, as well as regulatory compliance and permitting issues, with a particular focus on complex brownfield and contaminated site redevelopment projects. She also has extensive experience negotiating manuscript environmental insurance policies and resolving coverage disputes.  Christine obtained her law degree from the University of California, Hastings … Read Post

David Paget
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 … Read Post

Daniel Riesel
Dan has litigated a wide variety of cases which include numerous environmental matters, white collar defense, civil rights, and commercial matters. His litigation experience ranges from pre-trial practice in complex litigation to appellate advocacy. Dan’s extensive environmental and litigation practice has been recognized by several organizations that conduct peer evaluation of lawyers. Chambers & Partners’ survey … Read Post

Kathy Robb
Kathy Robb’s practice focuses on environmental litigation before federal district and appellate courts across the country and in the U.S. Supreme Court. She also counsels on environmental issues in complex transactions from the bid process through closing, advising clients on corporate structuring to best manage environmental risk.  Kathy represents water districts, developers, investors, lenders, energy … Read Post

Adam Stolorow
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, … Read Post

David S. Yudelson
David has particular expertise in small- and large-scale inland and waterfront development.  This work includes establishing the project team and then coordinating land use approvals, State Environmental Quality Review Act and City Environmental Quality Review compliance (EAS, EAF, Negative Declaration and EIS preparation) and environmental remediation under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program and … Read Post

Associates

Katherine Ghilain
Katie’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, the environmental review of development projects, regulatory compliance counseling, and the environmental aspects of corporate transactions.  She represents clients in a wide variety of matters arising under both federal and state laws and regulations. Katie’s experience includes challenging and defending projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, the New … Read Post

Margaret Holden
Meg’s practice focuses on environmental and land use litigation, regulatory compliance counseling, and environmental due diligence of development projects. Meg has challenged and defended projects under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act and represented potentially responsible parties in CERCLA proceedings. She has experience with matters arising under a variety of federal environmental laws, … Read Post

Joyce Kung
Joyce joined SPR in 2016 and has previously served as the Connecticut Director of Environment Northeast, now Acadia Center, where she acted as lead counsel on issues before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and focused on advancing policy and regulatory solutions to transform the energy system. She also served as the State Senate President’s designated … Read Post

Maggie Macdonald
Maggie focuses her practice on environmental litigation, environmental impact review, and land use issues. Since joining the firm in 2011 she has worked on brownfields and (E) designation submissions for sites in New York City, storm water pollution prevention, and landlord-tenant disputes. Maggie’s work also involves enforcement under federal environmental laws including the Comprehensive Environmental … Read Post

Devin McDougall
Devin’s practice includes renewable energy, litigation, local government law, and brownfields redevelopment. Devin has particular expertise on solar, and has counselled municipal governments, businesses, investors, and nonprofits on legal aspects of developing photovoltaic generation projects. With respect to litigation, Devin has significant experience in administrative law, and particularly with Article 78 litigation. Devin’s experience includes … Read Post

Henry E. Myers
Henry joined Sive, Paget & Riesel after graduating from New York University School of Law in 2018. In law school, he participated in the Environmental Law Clinic with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also assisted the New York City Bar Animal Law Committee in researching and drafting a set of best practices for the … Read Post

Sahana Rao
Sahana joined the firm after graduating from New York University School of Law in 2016, furthering her longstanding interest in environmental and land use law. Her practice focuses on environmental and land use litigation, environmental review and due diligence of development projects, and regulatory compliance counseling. In law school, Sahana served as the Editor-in-Chief of … Read Post

Alexis Saba
Alexis joined the firm in 2016 and focuses her practice on environmental, land use, and construction law and litigation.  She also maintains an active pro bono practice in partnership with a wildlife conservation organization. Prior to joining SPR, Alexis worked in the Litigation group at Paul Hastings LLP where her practice focused on commercial litigation, … Read Post

Allison Sloto
Allison focuses her practice on land use law, environmental impact review, environmental regulation and permitting, and associated litigation. Her educational background in environmental law and policy, as well as urban planning, gives her multidisciplinary perspective of the land use process. Prior to joining SPR in 2018, Allison practiced in the Land Use, Zoning & Development … Read Post

Victoria S. Treanor
Victoria S. Treanor, a 2009 graduate of Harvard Law School, concentrates her practice on environmental law, litigation, and land use issues. Since joining the firm in September 2009, she has worked on matters concerning environmental impact reviews, brownfield redevelopment, litigation for the recovery of cleanup costs for hazardous wastes and petroleum contamination, state wetland permits, … Read Post

Of Counsel

Paul D. Casowitz
Paul graduated from New York Law School, magna cum laude in 1989, where he was a John Ben Snow Scholar. Before joining Sive, Paget & Riesel, he served as Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Sanitation responsible for engineering and planning for the City’s waste disposal system and as as Deputy Commissioner … Read Post

Alexander S. Leff
Alex concentrates his practice on renewable energy and infrastructure project finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and energy law. He’s advised clients on the development and financing of hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy projects and hundreds of millions of dollars of debt and equity investments. Alex focuses on structuring and negotiating complex renewable energy transactions … Read Post

Michael J. Lesser
Mike retired in 2010 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) after over twenty years of service, most recently in NYSDEC’s Albany headquarters. There he was the Supervising Attorney for the state’s Superfund and Brownfields Cleanup Programs, responsible for the state’s legal representation for hazardous waste, brownfield, voluntary cleanup program (VCP) and … Read Post