Robert is an Environmental Law attorney. His principal areas of expertise include water pollution, SEQRA and environmental impact review, real estate development, including the remediation and redevelopment of brownfields and municipal law.
Robert has expertise in the field of stormwater pollution having drafted the manual for local financing of the new MS4 program. He represents three county sewer districts and has addressed a variety of issues related to wet weather flows.
Robert handles cases concerning hazardous substances and petroleum spills, both in the context of enforcement and of contaminated property redevelopment. That practice includes litigation under both state and federal courts.
Robert is the author of the firm's Planning and Zoning Case Law Quarterly Update as well as the Annual Review. He represents and appears before and Planning and Zoning Boards, DEC and other state agencies on real estate development matters. Robert's practice includes representation in administrative hearings as well as judicial review in the context of Article 78 proceedings.
Robert has counseled municipalities on a number of governance issues, including the adoption of intermunicipal agreements and the formation of special districts.
Prior to joining the firm, Robert served in several capacities at the DEC, including Assistant Commissioner; Assistant Counsel for Energy; Assistant Counsel for Solid and Hazardous Waste. For over eight years, he was the sole or principal author of every agency decision issued after administrative hearing and was the confidential counsel to the Commissioner.