I am an experienced Attorney with a proven track record representing clients from the public and private sectors in a wide array of transactional and litigation matters with an emphasis on commercial (business) and environmental litigation. I have an extensive understanding of environmental law and policy matters that comes from a lifetime commitment to environmental issues and having represented stakeholders on all sides of the table over the past 20 years, including government, industry, individuals, and community groups.
I started my law career as an attorney with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where I was Counsel to the Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials. This position, combined with my concentration in environmental law while in law school, provided me with a deep understanding of our environmental laws and policies. While at the NYSDEC I advised a team of 80+ engineers and environmental specialists on hazardous and solid waste management, permitting and enforcement issues and state recycling laws, including the returnable beverage container act.
I then went on to work in private practice in New York and New Jersey where I represented defendants in federal Superfund cleanup, NJ Spill Act, and other illegal discharge and cost recovery actions. I have also represented environmental non-profit organizations and assisted with the drafting an Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of a well-known New York environmental advocacy group. I also recently published a legal white paper on climate change.
In the course of representing clients on environmental matters, my practice naturally expanded over the years into business and employment law matters, including general business disputes/litigation, business sales and acquisitions, contracts, non-compete/NDA agreements, employee hiring and discharges, and small company board advisement. I have also represented individual clients with the purchase and sale of real property with underground storage tanks, represented a homeowners’ association with a dispute with the developer, and negotiated settlements of debt collections. I have first & second chair trial experience in civil litigation and arbitration matters.
While all lawyers will tell you that they will work “zealously” for you (it’s the legal standard), my practice motto is to be “fearless but fair.” I am fearless in my practice and advocacy for my clients and am not afraid to stand up for what is right, but I will be at all times fair, conducting myself in accordance with the civil practice rules and with the highest level of ethics and professionalism. I think that’s so important in today’s world. I hope you do to.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|The Gary M. Peck Prize for Excellence in Environmental Law||Albany Law School||1998|
|Partner/Member||The Bayne Law Group LLC||2014 - Present|
|Associate||Drinker Biddle & Reath||2012 - 2013|
|Senior Analyst||The Intelligence Group||2011 - 2012|
|Attorney||New York State Department of Environmental Conservation||1996 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The Princeton Bar Association||Trustee & President Emeritus||2016 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Committee Member||2014 - Present|
|University of California Davis, Environs, Environmental Law and Policy Journal||Silent Spring+55: The Human Right to a Clean Environment||2018|
|Sanlaap North America||Reflections on Sanlaap, India||2014|
|Albany Law School of Union University||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|State University of New York, Albany||BA - Bachelor of Arts; Russian Language||1993|
|Harvard University Extension School||Certificate (in process)||N/A|
|The Princeton Bar Association||How to Cultivate Greater Prosperity in Your Life and Practice (By Giving Back)||2017|
|The Princeton Bar Association||International Human Rights, Human Trafficking, and the Green Economy||2015|
|NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Paris, France||International Human Rights, Human Trafficking, and the Green Economy||2014|
|NJDEP v. Occidental Chemical||Settled|
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