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Sive Paget & Riesel, P.C.

Environment

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What the team is known for

New York City-based boutique with a deep bench of environmental experts. Offers high-quality environmental regulatory advice as well as expertise in a range of litigious matters, particularly in Superfund cases. Comes recommended for its accomplishments overseeing the permitting and environmental impact reviews for major development projects and the redevelopment of contaminated properties. Acts for a diverse client base, including municipalities, nonprofit organizations, financial entities and private companies. Noted experience acting for clients in pharmaceuticals, mining, insurance, food and drink, renewable energy and chemicals.

Strengths

A client says: "They are wonderful; we keep going back to them for their institutional expertise and knowledge."

"The team is very strong. They are the best and brightest; very smart, practical and easy to work with," comments a client.

Another respondent says: "They are all extremely knowledgeable and diligent, and can be relied upon to provide well-reasoned recommendations."

Work highlights

Represented Equinor Wind US in the environmental aspects of the permitting and development of the 816-megawatt Empire Wind offshore wind project.

Notable practitioners

Dan Chorost receives praise for his renewable energy-focused practice. He handles environmental impact and compliance issues for major development projects as well as Superfund cases.   
"Dan is exemplary. He's an outstanding lawyer with excellent communication skills."

Daniel Riesel is a litigation specialist, he acts on a wide variety of environmental cases at both trial and appellate level. He has complementary experience in white-collar defense work and commercial litigation.
"He is superb. He has a marvelous courtroom presence as well as a really crisp and concise writing style." "He is thoughtful, strategic and well respected."

David Paget offers extensive experience overseeing environmental matters pertaining to major public and private development projects.
"He is diligent, knowledgeable and thorough; a tremendous attorney." "He is thoughtful, detail-oriented and interested in understanding the entire picture."

Elizabeth Knauer handles environmental permitting and enforcement actions on behalf of large developer-side clients. 
"He's very smart and effective." "She is very impressive in litigation; she's very talented."

Jeffrey Gracer advises both US-based and international clients across a huge range of environmental matters.
"A strong strategic thinker; he is sharp and has great insights. He's able to identify the main issues and come up with innovative solutions which he can communicate without using legalese. He gives recommendations that are concise, unambiguous and easily understood." 

Maggie Macdonald is a notable associate in the environmental litigation space. She often defends clients in CERCLA cost recovery proceedings, regulatory actions and CWA citizen suits.

Mark Chertok has an expansive environmental law and land use practice with a focus on project development matters. He is especially adept at covering environment impact statements, site remediation matters and wetlands issues.
"Very smart, experienced, practical and creative." "He's remarkably knowledgeable and responsive." "Well respected and goal-oriented."

Michael Bogin advises clients in all aspects of environmental regulation and permitting with notable experience in wastewater, storm water and wetlands work.
"He has an incredible reputation with agencies. He's smart, reasonable and easy to work with."

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Sive Paget & Riesel, P.C.

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560 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor

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New York

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NY 10022

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Environment


Dan Chorost
Band 3
Daniel Riesel
Senior Statespeople
David Paget
Senior Statespeople
Elizabeth Knauer
Band 2
Jeffrey B Gracer
Band 1
Maggie Macdonald
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