3 Real Estate and Environmental Attorneys from Syracuse, NY Office Listed In The Best Lawyers in America®

January 24, 2007

Three attorneys from the Real Estate, Environmental and Finance Department at the firm's Syracuse, NY office will be included in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. These attorneys were selected through a rigorous peer-review survey that has been conducted for nearly 25 years. The list includes: Stephen L. Johnson (for over 20 years in Real Estate), Barry R. Kogut (Environmental) and Virginia C. Robbins (Environmental). In all, BS&K had 40 attorneys listed in "Best" from among its 27 practice areas.

Mr. Johnson's practice is focused in commercial Real Estate and Municipal Law. He has served as Attorney for the Town Board of the Town of La Fayette, as well as attorney for the Town's Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Johnson has represented lenders on commercial loans secured by mortgages on warehouses, office buildings, and shopping centers. He has also represented commercial real estate developers, landlords, and tenants in the development, subdivision, sale, leasing and financing of commercial property. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Le Moyne College in 1966 and his Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School in 1969. Order of the Coif.

Mr. Kogut has a varied and extensive environmental practice involving federal and state regulatory compliance and enforcement matters with a particular emphasis on brownfields development, petroleum remediation, claims under federal and state Superfund provisions and industrial site cleanups. Mr. Kogut received his Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1974 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia in 1977.

Ms. Robbins is Chair of the firm's Environmental and Energy Law Practice Group and Deputy Chair of the firm's Real Estate, Environmental & Finance Department. She is experienced in advising clients on state and federal regulatory compliance issues, particularly in the areas of air and water pollution control and waste management. She has counseled clients involved in power generation and development projects on environmental impact review, air permit/compliance matters, Acid Rain program applicability, and the use of alternative fuels. Ms. Robbins has also advised clients extensively on real estate transactions involving contaminated properties, in particular, regarding the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program and the availability of tax credits under the program. Ms. Robbins received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1971; her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, in 1986 and her Masters of Arts degree from Middlebury College in 1972. Phi Beta Kappa.