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Thomas F. Puchner Speaks on Impact of Environmental Laws on Deployment of Wireless Facilities at California Telecommunications Seminar  More

Phillips Lytle LLP Attorneys Launch Environmental Blog on Firm’s State-Of-The-Art Website  More

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Speaking Engagements

Panelist, “Environmental Laws and Their Impact on Deployment of Wireless Facilities,” Second Annual Comprehensive Conference on Legal Developments for Deployment of Local Wireless Facilities, Law Seminars International, February 2015  More

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Author, “Save the Pine Bush Revisited: Appellate Court Provides a Common Sense Limitation,” Earth Matters, Phillips Lytle Newsletter, October 2012  More

Author, “Administrative Law Update,” The New York Environmental Lawyer, 2006-2010  More

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Thomas F. Puchner
Partner, Albany
(518) 472-1224 Ext. 1245

Mr. Puchner focuses his practice on environmental law, including permitting and compliance matters regarding RCRA and other complex environmental regulatory programs; environmental clean-up and brownfield programs and related matters under federal and state Superfund statutes; New York’s Navigation Law (petroleum spills); environmental impact reviews, including SEQRA and NEPA; and land use and zoning matters. Mr. Puchner has worked extensively on environmental impact reviews for large scale infrastructure and private development projects. He has broad experience assisting clients with environmental regulatory issues with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation including, in particular, proposed regulations for natural gas development in New York's Marcellus Shale. Mr. Puchner also has significant experience counseling clients in the oil and gas industry, as well as with related litigation. Also in the energy sector, Mr. Puchner has assisted clients with regulatory matters before the New York State Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as with local SEQRA review for wind energy projects.

The firm has been recognized by Chambers USA for excellence in environmental law.


Vermont Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2004
Vermont Law School, M.S.E.L., magna cum laude, 2004
University of Vermont, B.A., 1996


New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York