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Practice Update

Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group


The Firm's Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group is handling a diverse set of matters as the new year commences. From transactional matters to regulatory and compliance cases to hazardous waste investigation and cleanup sites, we are keeping busy.

The Firm has clients who are buying and selling commercial properties. One property is adjacent to or down gradient of more than one Superfund site and will require environmental assessments and carefully crafted environmental clauses for the contract of sale as a result. Another property is the former site of a dry cleaning establishment. Environmental assessments as part of an all appropriate inquiry, and environmental clauses to address the specific circumstances of this site are necessary. Whether our client is the buyer or the seller, we provide guidance to assist in protecting it from the impacts of environmental conditions.



Christian Browne Becomes the Newest Equity Member
as the Firm Promotes Three Attorneys to Partner


Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, has become the Firm's sixth Equity Member. He joins Michael H. Sahn, the Firm’s Managing Partner, and Partners Jon A. Ward, Chris J. Coschignano, Daniel H. Braff and Adam H. Koblenz. The Firm's name will remain the same.

In other news, three of the Firm's attorneys — Ralph Branciforte, Joseph R. Bjarnson and Robert A. Abiuso — have been promoted to Partner. Mr. Branciforte and Mr. Bjarnson were Associates and Mr. Abiuso was previously Counsel to the Firm.



Miriam E. Villani Sees Drastic Changes to Environmental Policy under a Trump Administration

Firm Partner Miriam E. Villani wrote an op-ed piece for Long Island Business News on how Donald J. Trump will reverse environmental policy that was implemented by his predecessor when he becomes President of the United States.


Matters of Interest

Firm Successfully Defends Developer of Nursing Home Facility in Construction Litigation Case

Nassau County Supreme Court's Decision Allows Construction of 289-Bed Woodmere Nursing Home Facility to Move Forward

Firm Partners Jon A. Ward, Wayne G. Edwards and Andrew M. Roth and Firm Associate Ralph Branciforte recently won a decision that will allow their client, Woodmere SNF Realty, to proceed with the completion of construction of a $100 million, 289-bed nursing home facility to be located at 1050 Central Avenue in Woodmere.


Adam H. Koblenz Obtains Favorable Resolution in Business and Partnership Dissolution Action

Adam H. Koblenz, a Partner with the Firm, recently settled two dissolution actions venued in New York State Supreme Court concerning two closely held businesses, a specialty market situated on a former gas station site, and the underlying real estate, owned equally by two partners. The settlement was reached prior to the appointment of a receiver and commencement of a trial. The agreement resulted in one partner successfully buying out the other partner's interest. Mr. Koblenz, who represented the buyer, also worked on securing financing from a commercial lender for the transactions. He was assisted in the matter by Firm Partners Andrew M. Roth and Miriam Villani, who heads the Firm's Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group. Ms. Villani guided the client through Phase I and Phase II environmental reviews, necessary to complete the transaction.

Christian Browne Represents Client in Action to Protect the Assets of the Sons of Italy Lodge

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, recently successfully represented a client in New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County in an action involving the corporate structures of the Marco Polo Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, a not-for-profit corporation.  


Home Construction Firm Prevails on Appeal against Homeowners Seeking Damages

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, recently successfully represented a client in New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County, and on appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department, in an action involving the issue of the proof necessary to obtain damages in a home improvement construction dispute. 



Elaine Colavito’s "Bench Briefs" Appears In Suffolk Lawyer

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the January 2017 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

To review these decisions, click here.


John Christopher Helps New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section Collect Donations for Toys for Tots Program at Holiday Party

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, helped organize the annual holiday event and toy drive for the 10th District of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS), the Real Property Law Section (RPLS) and the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section (TICL) of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), in cooperation with the Nassau County Bar Association, New Lawyers Committee, which was held on December 1, 2016 at Eleanor Rigby’s in Mineola. The event raised donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.



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