Environmental and Land Use Litigation

While Knauf Shaw always attempts to resolve our clients’ environmental and energy Law, commercial real estate, land use, zoning, municipal, and insurance disputes without administrative dispute resolution or litigation, should the need arise you can be confident that your interests will be vigorously and competently protected by our firm in litigation.

Our attorneys handle all state and federal court civil matters arising under local, state, and federal environmental, energy Law, land use, zoning, and municipal statutes including but not limited to New York’s Oil Spill Act (Navigation Law Article 12), Article 78 Proceedings, New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA),  Section 19 of Article I of the New York Constitution (Green Amendment), and the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and Clean Air Act (CAA).

It is not uncommon for disputes over insurance coverage to arise when environmental claims are involved. We regularly handle these insurance issues in conjunction with other litigation. Knauf Shaw can successfully take your most complex case from investigation all the way through a jury verdict.

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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