About

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 attorney Samantha Rubino and law clerks Agata Pijanowski and Eamon Danieu 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 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

Client Testimonial

"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.

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KS PRESENTS ON WETLAND REGULATIONS

Join Alan Knauf as he moderates a wetlands regulations update on Wednesday November 29 from 12-1:15pm!

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