Bob is chair of the firm's property department and chair of the firm's environmental and energy practice.
His practice includes New York State and federal regulatory compliance, environmental enforcement and litigation and environmental issues in business and property transactions. Bob advises clients on Title V and New Source Review and Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit requirements, SPDES and stormwater permit requirements, petroleum and hazardous substance storage and release reporting, SEQRA and environmental impact review, solid and hazardous waste management, asbestos compliance, remediation, Brownfield redevelopment, and compliance with RMP requirements, EPCRA and TSCA.
Bob assists clients to implement, enhance and evaluate environmental compliance programs through development and review of environmental policies and protocols, environmental training programs and environmental compliance audits. He also counsels clients regarding contractual allocation of environmental liabilities related to the purchase and sale of businesses and property. He focuses his litigation practice on the prosecution and defense of claims arising under CERCLA, the New York State Navigation Law and SEQRA. Bob has represented clients in administrative enforcement proceedings commenced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, New York State Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Transportation, and resolved proceedings through negotiation of consent decrees and administrative orders on consent.
Bob also advises clients regarding energy issues, including renewable project development (wind, solar and landfill gas), power purchase agreements and the siting of generation facilities, transmission lines and pipelines.
Bob has served as a guest lecturer in environmental law courses at the Syracuse University College of Law, and has made numerous presentations on environmental topics to industrial, trade and municipal organizations.