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.

Alan Knauf founded the firm in 1986. Linda Shaw joined him in 1998 to bring their extensive environmental law experience together as Knauf Shaw LLP. Dwight Kanyuck and Amy Kendall were named partners in January 2018, and have taken leading roles in the firm. Jonathan Tantillo is our newest named partner as of June 2022. Associate attorneys Samantha Rubino and Eamon Danieu, and law clerk Agata Pijanowski 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).

Client Testimonials

"I have worked with Knauf Shaw for over 20 years, and trust that their experience and knowledge will serve me and my clients well. They are the environmental attorneys I refer my clients to when faced with complex and potentially costly environmental issues, knowing that their issues will be addressed with the care, focus, and experience that Knauf Shaw has been providing to the environmental legal community for almost 40 years." Michael Rumrill, President, Leader Professional Services, Inc.


Alan Knauf to Present on Oil Spill Law

Alan Knauf will be presenting his annual case law update at the NYSBA EELS Oil Spill Forum on May 7, 2024.

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Knauf Shaw is proud to support Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast's Upstate NY Brownfield Symposium on May 22, 2024.

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