In the 2019 rankings from Chambers & Partners (“Chambers”), SPR has again been recognized as a top-ranked (Band 1) environmental law practice in New York. Chambers bases its rankings on over 20 years of independent legal market research, as well as input from clients and fellow attorneys. Chambers notes that SPR is known for its “deep bench of environmental experts” acting for a “diverse client base, including municipalities, nonprofit organizations, financial entities and private companies.” This year, client comments highlighted by Chambers include:

  • “Sive Paget is great to work with. The firm as a whole is extremely knowledgeable and innovative. They always deliver solutions and communicate clearly.”
  • “An extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful team.”
  • “Another client notes the team’s ‘extraordinary commitment to being accessible,’ and appreciates the ‘very good attention to detail and the effort made to ensure they understand all sides of the problem without wasting time.’”

Chambers has also specifically acknowledged eight SPR attorneys as noted environmental practitioners – the largest number of attorneys listed in the “Environment” field from any single firm in New York.

  • Michael Bogin is noted for his environmental permitting and site remediation expertise. A peer says: “He carries himself well – he is always prepared and knowledgeable on the substance of the matter.”
  • Mark Chertok is “esteemed for his expertise with regard to enforcement, litigation and permitting issues.” A market insider says: “He never ceases to amaze me – he’s a very smart, hard-working attorney who comes up with ideas I hadn’t thought of.”
  • Dan Chorost is noted for his expertise “on renewable energy initiatives and related environmental impact and compliance issues,” and his “client base includes various energy and power companies.” A peer says: “We referred a couple matters to him and he was terrific on each count.”
  • Jeffrey B. Gracer is ranked in both Environment – New York and Environment: Mainly Transactional – New York. A client says: “He is a strong strategic thinker and planner. He has great insight, identifies the main issues and comes up with innovative solutions.”
  • Elizabeth Knauer has experience with a wide range of environmental issues, including “aspects of renewable energy and infrastructure projects” as well as “handling environmental enforcement actions and litigation.” A client praises her as “extremely diligent and someone who is able to look at all sides of an issue.”
  • David Paget is “known for his advice on landmark redevelopment projects and related litigation.” A client says: “He is an encyclopedia of environmental law and is extremely well respected by agencies.”
  • Daniel Riesel “has extensive experience acting in CERCLA suits, government investigations and remediation liability proceedings.” A peer describes him as a “sophisticated lawyer and a huge player in the field.”
  • Kathy Robb has a multidisciplinary environmental practice and is “noted for her expertise in a wide span of environmental statutes, including NEPA, CERCLA, RCRA, the CWA and the Endangered Species Act.” A market insider notes her “expertise in water quality and wetlands work,” adding: “This is a very complex area of law and she presents very clear opinions.”

The full 2019 Chambers report is available here.