Knauf Shaw LLP concentrates its practice in environmental and energy Law, commercial real estate, land use, zoning and municipal law. Our attorneys have decades of environmental legal practice and in-depth understanding of the issues necessary to bring successful outcomes for clients.

Founding partners Alan Knauf and Linda Shaw first brought their extensive environmental law experience together and formed Knauf Shaw LLP in 1986. Dwight Kanyuck and Amy Kendall were named partners in January 2018, and have taken leading roles in the firm. Associate attorneys Jonathan Tantillo, Melissa Valle, Julia O’Sullivan, and William Kellermeyer support the firm in all areas of the practice.

Together, Knauf Shaw attorneys guide businesses, developers, landowners, municipalities and other clients through New York’s many review and approval processes including the State Environmental Quality Review Act, Brownfield Cleanup Program, and related land use, zoning and municipal issues. We also assist clients with recovering environmental cleanup costs in actions against responsible parties and insurers, as well as defending clients in State enforcement or cost-recovery actions, in addition to facilitating or challenging decision-making by local, state and federal agencies. Representative cases include Lighthouse Pointe Property Associates, LLC v. NYSDEC, 14 N.Y.3d 161 (2010); Norse Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden, 108 A.D.3d 25 (3d Dep’t 2013);  RACER Trust v. National Grid, et al., 10 F.4th 87 (2d Cir. 2021).

Knauf Shaw’s energy practice is complemented by its sister company Future Energy Development, LLC, a New York State/City certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) providing grant writing, business support, financial incentive bundling, education, and project development services for green energy companies and energy efficient building developers.

Client Testimonial

"Knauf Shaw attorneys consistently exceed our expectations. From complex litigation to real estate closings, and from land use approvals to contract negotiations, we can rely on their expertise, innovative problem solving and attention to detail." Steven Mancini, RSM Development LLC



Knauf Shaw LLP is proud to be a Conference Sponsor to the 2022 Annual GFL AWMA & GVC NYWEA Joint Seminar on April 27, 2022.


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Alleging Violations of the New Green Amendment to the NYS Constitution.

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