Ms. Dougherty practices in the areas of environmental and energy law and land use planning. She advises clients on the impact of environmental laws on real estate development and environmental impact reviews, land use and zoning issues, business transactions, environmental compliance and permitting, remediation and litigation arising from those issues.
The firm has been recognized by Chambers USA for excellence in environmental law.
HONORS & AWARDS
- Named Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2013-2014
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2004
Alfred University, B.A., Geology - Environmental Studies, 1994
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- Future City Competition Judge, 2009-Present
- Airwaste & Management Association, Niagara Chapter, Member, 2009-Present
- NYS Floodplain & Stormwater Management Association, 2010-Present
- Buffalo Arts Studio
- Board Member, 2008-2009
- 2nd Vice-President, 2010
- 1st Vice-President, 2011
- Brush Up Buffalo, Team Leader, 2006-2009
- Lawyers for Learning, Tutor PS #18, 2006-2007, 2012-2013
- Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Board Member, 2006-2008
SEQR Act - Conduct environmental impact assessments for residential subdivisions, industrial, and commercial projects, including drafting environmental impact statements, negative declarations, public notice and hearing documents and general project coordination and development. Assist clients in defending and/or challenging SEQR decisions pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Laws and Rules.
Land Use Planning & Zoning – Assist clients in analyzing zoning requirements for commercial developments and residential subdivisions. Prepare letters of intent and applications to obtain necessary approvals, such as special permits, use variances and architectural review approvals from Town Boards, Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal. Assist clients in seeking all required and relevant New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permits. Assist client in resolving zoning-related litigation.
Oil Spill Act Compliance and Litigation (Navigation Law) – Assist clients in defending individuals and business owners that have been identified as potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) for discharging petroleum products to the environment. Clients have included former fuel station owners, fuel dealers and individual homeowners with underground fuel storage tanks.
Wetlands – Assist clients in seeking and obtaining both state and federal wetland permits. Assist clients in defending against enforcement actions related to wetland violations and negotiating Consent Orders.
Stormwater– Assist clients in all aspects of stormwater permitting. Assist clients in identifying permit requirements. Complete the required notice and permit documentation for State Pollution Discharge Eliminations System permits. Assist clients in preparing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans. Provide clients with assistance in identifying alternatives in the stormwater control plan to build consensus with neighboring property owners that object to proposed project and the stormwater control measures.
Other Areas of Expertise
Regulatory Takings – Assist clients in preparing potential takings claims under the Fifth Amendment for litigation.