Who’s Who Legal awarded Sive, Paget & Riesel (“SPR”) the “Environment Firm of the Year Award” in recognition of the exceptional caliber of the firm’s work. SPR was selected based on the nominations made by clients and fellow professionals, as well as the number of SPR attorneys featured in Who’s Who Legal on an individual basis.
Eight SPR attorneys are listed in the “Environment” practice area of Who’s Who Legal: Michael Bogin, Mark Chertok, Pamela Esterman, Jeffrey Gracer, Christine Leas, David Paget, Daniel Riesel, and Kathy Robb. Attorneys are selected for listing based on surveys and interviews with general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide.
In addition, SPR has again been recognized as a top-ranked (Band 1) environmental law practice in New York in Chambers USA 2018. This edition notes that SPR has “a deep bench of environmental experts,” “[o]ffers high-quality environmental regulatory advice as well as expertise in a range of litigious matters,” and “[c]omes recommended for its accomplishments overseeing the permitting and environmental impact reviews for major development projects and the redevelopment of contaminated properties.” The rankings are based on Chambers’ independent research and input from clients and fellow attorneys.
Chambers also acknowledged seven SPR attorneys as noted environmental practitioners – the largest number of attorneys listed in the “Environment” field from any single firm in New York.
David Paget was praised for his expertise in preparing environmental impact statements for infrastructure projects and private and public developments. A client was quoted as saying “He asks challenging questions and commands a great deal of respect.”
Daniel Riesel was lauded as “a tremendous litigator,” who is “well known for his longstanding contentious environmental law practice.”
Mark Chertok was recognized for his practice in environmental permitting, counseling, enforcement, and litigation, and was described as being “very smart and easy to deal with.”
Jeffrey Gracer was commended for his regulatory and transactional practice, and was described as being “a really intelligent, knowledgeable guy.” Jeff was listed in both the “Environment” and “Environment: Mainly Transactional” categories.
Kathy Robb was celebrated for her multidisciplinary practice handling environmental litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters, and her “expertise in a wide span of environmental statutes.”
Dan Chorost was lauded as “a fabulous lawyer” and a “respected environmental litigator,” who also advises on due diligence and regulatory matters associated with large developments and renewable energy generation.
Elizabeth Knauer was described by one commentator as “one of the finest lawyers I’ve ever worked with.” She garnered respect for her work handling environmental impact reviews and litigation, as well as advising clients on enforcement actions and permitting.
Read the full Chambers report here.