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I am a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Maryland Bars. My practice focuses on environmental and land use law.  With a Ph.D.-level degree in the biochemical sciences (Yale, 1970), and nearly 40 years of experience in the environmental public policy arena, redevelopment of environmentally-impaired land, and the interface between law and science, I am well-positioned to help clients address nearly any regulatory, natural resource, or land-use challenge. 


As my wife puts it: "If anyone can, Ken can!"


Languages spoken: French, German, English

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Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 50%
    42 years, 6 cases
  2. Environmental: 50%
    42 years, 12 cases



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    I have known Ken for years as a fellow lawyer. We occasionally pick each others brain. He has good judgment, intuition and a strong ethical sense.


    Richard Brickwedde Environmental and natural resources Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lawrence H. Brinker

    I endorse this lawyer. Ken is truly dedicated to his practice. He gives of his intellect and self to help advance the economic development of his community and state. I was privileged to work with Ken on revisions to the New York State Brownfields law that successfully passed the Legislature and became the law of the land. His leadership on the issue, his subject matter expertise, and his extensive rolodex were invaluable to the legislative effort. It was a true privilege for me to work with Ken on this project that is so vital to New York state's economic resurrection.


    Lawrence Brinker Aviation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP

P.O. Box 5250
700 Security Mutual Building
Binghamton, NY, 13901-3490


NYCurrently registered 199903/07/2016
DCActive 197307/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Small Business Advocate of the YearGreater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce2008
Small Business Advocate of the YearGreater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce2003
Phi Beta Kappa electionNational Honor Society1966
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Special CounselHinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP2010 - Present
Director of Legal AffairsNewman Development Group, LLC1997 - 2010
PartnerLinowes & Blocher LLP1995 - 1997
Counsel and PartnerSemmes Bowen & Semmes1992 - 1995
PrincipalA..T. Kearney, Inc.1986 - 1992
Environmental Program DirectorURS Corporation1985 - 1986
Director of Legal AffairsNational Wildlife Federation1973 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Broome County Office of Energy DevelopmentBroome County Energy Initiatives Panel2013 - Present
Broome County Bar AssociationOil & Gas Committee2010 - Present
New York State Brownfield CoalitionMember2010 - Present
National Brownfield CoalitionMember2010 - Present
Greater Binghamton Chamber of CommerceCo-Chair, Consolidation Committee2006 - Present
Binghamton University Department of Public AdministrationAdvisory Board2005 - Present
Greater Binghamton Chamber of CommerceMember, Government Affairs Committee2002 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember, Environmental Law Section1999 - Present
Broome County Bar AssociationMember, Corporate Counsel Committee1997 - Present
Broome County Energy Advisory CommitteeMember2009 - 2010
NYS Energy Research & Development Authority, Committee on Combined Heat and Power Opportunities at Brownfield SitesAdvisory Committee Member2006 - 2007
District of Columbia Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Steering Comm. on Environ., Energy & Nat. Res.1983 - 1985
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bennett v. PlenertFavorable to amici
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogGas Drilling in New York: To Be or Not to Be?2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogOhio Appellate Court Takes Different View on Shale Gas Preemption than New York Courts2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogStatus of Gas Drilling Law in New York2013
HInman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogRecent Actions by New York Assembly and State Senators Are an Attack on Home-Rule Rights of Local Governments that Favor Responsible Natural Gas Drilling2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogLivingston County Decision in Town of Avon Case: A Loss for the Drilling Company--But Not All Bad News2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogThe Legal and Policy Implications of the May 2, 2013 Decision of the NY Appellate Division Upholding the Gas Drilling Zoning Bans by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogLandowners Challenge Town of Sidney Gas DrillingMoratorium Law in Delaware County Supreme Court, Raise Novel Issues2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogIs the NYS Association of Towns Overzealous in Supporting the "Home Rule" Rights of Towns Which Oppose Deep Shale Natural Gas Drilling2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, Legal BlogLet's Take a Poll: Which Poll Do You Believe?2013
Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-BulletinCourt ruling on fracking could end divisive debate2013
Hinman, Howard & Kattell newsletter - Oct.How Proposed SEQRA Changes May Affect New York Developers2012
Hinman, Howard & Kattell newsletter - Oct.Ten Tips on How to Avoid Petroleum Storage Violations2012
Central New York Business Journal - June 1New "TIF" Authority Provides Powerful Economic Development [Tool]2012
The Legislative Gazette - May 1New "TIF" Authority Provides Powerful Economic Development Tool to NY Municipalities2012
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - Apr. 8New development tool offers relief for taxpayers, taxing jurisdictions2012
New York State Bar Association Journal - May - pp. 30-37Land Banking, TIF Amendments, and the Tax Cap: What the Heck To They Have in Common?2012
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP Newsletter - MarchImpact of Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act on NYS Infrastructure Projects2012
Hinman, Howard & Kattell Newsletter"If My Property is Contaminated, Am I Entitled to a Property Tax Reduction?" (Mar. 2011)2011
Hinman, Howard & Kattell Newsletter - Sep. 6As An "Innocent" Landowner or Prospective Purchaser, How Do I Minimize My Liability if the Land is Contaminated?2011
Hinman, Howard & Kattell Newsletter (Sep.)New "Land Banking" Legislation (NY)2011
Hinman, Howard & Kattell Newsletter (Sep.)Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling: Dealing with Hydrofracking Wastewaters2011
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (Jan. 16)New York must use all its tools to spur economic development2011
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (Mar. 13)Brownfield cleanup program a good investment2011
Legislative Gazette (Albany), Jan. 25, 2011New Year's Wishes for Upstate New York2011
Binghamton Press & Sun-BulletinNo Quick Fixes for School Spending; State needs long-term changes to control taxes2010
Binghamton Press & Sun-BulletinJC [Johnson City] Dissolution: Leap in Right Direction2010
Hinman Howard & Kattell Newsletter (Dec. 31)New York's One (and Only?) User-Friendly Environmental Program2010
ChambeReport (The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce)Tax Increment Finaning (TIFs): A Neglected Economic Development Tool2008
Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin, Guest Viewpoint, Oct. 9Misplaced Criticism: New York's Brownfield Plan Not Perfect, But Still a Help2007
Brownfield News, Vol. 9, Issue 4How Clean is Clean: A Comparison2005
Environmental Due Diligence Guide (The Bureau of National Affairs), Vol. 231, No. 155Evaluating the Potential for Vapor Intrusion Impacts to Indoor Air2005
The Legislative GazetteLegislature must make it easer to redevelop brownfield sites2003
The Environmental Lawyer (New York State Bar Assn.)Brownfields regulation in New York State: A disappointing report card2002
Environment Reporter (Bureau of National Affairs)Brownfields and voluntary cleanups: does New York measure up or miss the mark?-Part I2002
Environment Reporter (Bureau of National Affairs)Brownfields and voluntary cleanups: does New York measure up or miss the mark?-Part II2002
Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, Mellon Bank, AIG Environmental, Maryland Assn. of Counties, Etc.Guide to Redeveloping Underutilized Industrial and Commercial Properties Under Maryland's "Brownfields" Law1997
Washington Business JournalNew Policies Shift Risk with Troubled Properties1996
Real Estate/Environmental Liability NewsProtections for Prospective Purchasers of Contaminated Properties1996
Probate & Property magazine (ABA)Turning Brownfields Green: New EPA Guidance1996
American Association of Port AuthoritiesLegal Watch: Brownfields1996
Maryland State Bar Assn., Section of Real Property, Planning & ZoningRedeveloping Brownfields sites in Maryland1996
Baltimore Daily RecordEnvironmental risk management: a daunting task for financial institutions1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1973
Yale UniversityBiochemical SciencesOther - Doctorates1970
City University of New York, City CollegeBiologyB.S.1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Eggs & Issues: "Redeveloping our Urban Centers: Using Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Effective Economic Development"Effective Use of the New TIF in New York State: Legal Background2013
Webinar - June 13NY Tax Increment Financing - The New Opportunity for Redevelopment2012
Radio Interview - June 8Lawsuit Against Binghamton Gas Drilling Ban2012
Pro-Seminar in Civic Entrepreneurship (Apr. 6)Environmental Innovation: Brownfield Redevelopment in Binghamton/Recycling Contaminated Land2011
Seminar for Business Law Practice GroupEnvironmental Law: What Every Business Lawyer Should Know2010
PresentationBrownfields and Greater Binghamton Revitalization2010
Consolidation Committee - Aug. 4School District Consolidation Opportunities in Greater Binghamton: Points of Departure2008
Unifying Economic Development and the Environment - Sep. 28Liabilities Turned Opportunities: Transforming Brownfields and Toxic Waste Sites2007
Southern Tier East - 2007 Spring Regional Leadership Conference - June 1Brownfields in the Southern Tier--Blight or Bounty?2007
PresentationBuilding Wealth and Health by Recycling Previously Used Urban Land2007
CLE Program, Binghamton Regency - Jan. 11Potential Litigation Issues Under NYS Brownfield Cleanup Program2007
2007 APA Upstate New York Chapter Annual Conference - Sep. 19Gannett (Brownfield) Site Redevelopment2007
Owners and Developers Reception, Yonkers, NY (Mar. 2)Of Shoes, Newspapers and Revitalization: A Brownfields Success Story...2005
Legislative Field Hearing in Ithaca, NY - Apr 21Vaporization of Contaminants from Soil and Groundwater into Indoor Air Environments2005
Sierra Club Susquehanna Group (May 20)Brownfield Resurgence: How Much Carrot and How Much Stick?2003
Industry Environment Conference - Oct 18DEC's Draft Voluntary Cleanup Program Guide2002
Presentation - Jun 25Brownfields in Broome County2001
May 3Remarks in Support of Governor Pataki's Superfund Reform Bill2001
Presentation (June 24) to Potomac Electric Power Co.Using Brownfield Initiatives to Attract and Retain Prime Customers and to Gain Market Advantage: A Proposal1997
The Environmental Legislative Agenda in the 1996 General [Assembly] Session and Other IssuesVoluntary Cleanup/Brownfields1996
Annual Meeting and ConferenceBuilding wealth and health by recycling previously used urban land1996
Hunting for (and finding) gold in the brownfieldsClarifying and managing risk1995
Environmental NetworkMaryland Brownfields Redevelopment Initiatives1995
Conference on Capitalizing on Brownfields Redevelopment OpportunitiesInnovative State Approaches to Voluntary Cleanup Programs and Brownfields Redevelopment1995
Conference on Capitalizing on Brownfields Redevelopment OpportunitiesStrategies for securing regulatory agency approvals and getting off the liability hook1995