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.
HONORS & AWARDS
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
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York