Sive Paget & Riesel, P.C.

Environment Department

New York
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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.


A client says: "Sive Paget is great to work with. The firm as a whole is extremely knowledgeable and innovative. They always deliver solutions and communicate clearly."

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."

A client says: "An extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful team."

Work highlights

Representing the Hudson River Park Trust as environmental and litigation counsel on the recent $200 million proposed Pier 54 and Pier 57 projects, defending permitting and environmental review challenges.

Notable practitioners

Dan Chorost routinely advises clients on renewable energy initiatives and related environmental impact and compliance issues. His client base includes various energy and power companies, and a peer says: "We referred a couple of matters to him and he was terrific on each count."

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."

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."

Elizabeth Knauer advises clients on environmental impacts aspects of renewable energy and infrastructure projects. She also has experience 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."

Jeffrey Gracer advises US and international clients on a wide range of environment law matters, including impact assessments for ambitious infrastructure projects and Superfund litigation. 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."

Kathy Robb has a multidisciplinary practice handling environmental litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. She 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."

Mark Chertok is esteemed for his expertise with regard to enforcement, litigation and permitting issues. His experience includes Superfund disputes, brownfields remediation and general environmental issues surrounding transport infrastructure projects. 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."

Michael Bogin counsels clients on permitting and site remediation under the Brownfield Cleanup Program, as well as a wider span of environmental regulations. A peer says: "He carries himself well - he is always prepared and knowledgeable on the substance of the matter."