Paul D. Sylvestri - Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Paul D. Sylvestri

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 585-231-1194

University of RochesterB.Eng 1983
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester

Case History

Allens Creek/Corbetts Glen Preservation Group, Inc. v. Togo B. West as Secretary of US Army; US Army Corps of Engineers, et. al. —   Sussessfully defended a citizen group''s attempt at overturning issuance of a wetland permit to a developer.  The case was dismissed by the Second Circuit on the basis of laches.  It is very seldom that laches has been the basis of dismissing an environmental case.
Sale of Morton International Inc. to K+S AG — Represented the buyer (K=S AG) of Morton Internatinal Inc.(Morton Salt) for $1.6 billion (US).  My team performed environmental due diligence and successfully negotiotiated a structure to protect buyer from potentially significant environmental liabilities within a very short time frame.
State of New York;County of Allegany v. US — This case decided by the Supreme Court of the US strengthened State''s rights under the 10th amendment by overturning a law that made states responsible for low level radioactive waste generated in the state if the state.  A state''s responsibllity was not conditioned on any actionsby the state and there was nothing the state could do to avoid this responsibility. 

Client Comments

"Paul Sylvestri is very knowledgeable in the environmental law field with extensive experience, especially in New York State. He is a strong advocate for the client, especially with regard to dealings with government agencies. At the same time, he has an agreeable and cooperative nature that encourages dialogue and resolution of legal issues."

-Robert Blades
Chairman, CEO
Blades Holding Company

Office Location

1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Rochester-NY Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Rochester-NY Metro Area
Paul D. Sylvestri has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Paul D. Sylvestri has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Environmental