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Carbon Sequestration

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Environment, Energy and Resources Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, WNY Chapter

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Phillips Lytle Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Work  More

Phillips Lytle Attorneys Recognized for Their Pro Bono Work by New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Program  More

Susan Marriott Quoted in Buffalo Law Journal Regarding Women's Bar Association Involvement  More

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Press Releases

Twelve Phillips Lytle LLP Attorneys Honored by the New York State Bar Association for Their Pro Bono Work  More

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

Eleven Phillips Lytle LLP Lawyers Were Honored by the New York State Bar Association for Their Pro Bono Work  More

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Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project Advocacy: Lessons Learned from the Trenches of Project Development,” Ninth Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration, May 2010  More

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Publications

Author, “Surge in New York State Solar Projects Signals Supply Chain Opportunity,” Renewable Energy Post, Phillips Lytle Energy Blog, April 2013  More

Author, “Updated Siting Process for Power Plants in New York,” Earth Matters, Phillips Lytle Newsletter, October 2012  More

Author, “New SEQRA Environmental Assessment Forms Proposed by NYSDEC,” Earth Matters, Phillips Lytle Newsletter, December 2011  More

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Susan M. Marriott
Associate, Buffalo
(716) 504-5778
smarriott@phillipslytle.com

Ms. Marriott’s practice concentrates in the areas of environment and energy, telecommunications, and land use and zoning law. She has experience in conducting environmental impact assessments for residential, industrial and commercial projects pursuant to SEQRA and NEPA, and in general project coordination and development. Her environmental impact assessment work also includes assisting clients in defending and/or challenging SEQRA decisions pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.

Her Land Use Practice also includes assisting clients in analyzing zoning requirements and preparing application documents for commercial, industrial and residential developments, and assisting clients in seeking all required and relevant New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permits.

Ms. Marriott’s Energy Practice includes assisting clients in determining Clean Air Act permit requirements for industrial facilities, and counseling clients on compliance and enforcement issues. She also counsels clients on compliance issues related to RGGI and greenhouse gas regulations. In addition, Ms. Marriott counsels clients on renewable energy incentive programs and on integrating sustainability and energy conservation measures into residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Her Telecommunications Practice includes assisting clients in analyzing zoning requirements for telecommunications facilities, preparation of applications to obtain necessary approvals, and general project coordination and development. Ms. Marriott also reviews lease documents for telecommunications facilities, and assists clients in resolving permit fee and zoning-related disputes.

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

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Pace International Law Review, Research & Writing Editor
  • Environmental Law Legal Scholar, Academic Merit Scholarship
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2011-2013

EDUCATION

Pace University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, M.E.M., 2007
Michigan State University, B.S., high honors, 2003

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York

PRESENT ACTIVITIES

  • Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Board of Directors

CORE COMPETENCIES

SEQR Act – Conduct environmental impact assessments for residential, 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 Law and Rules.

NEPA – Conduct environmental impact assessments for federal transportation projects, including drafting environmental impact statements and assisting in the preparation of environmental studies to analyze impacts. Counsel clients with regard to federal agency- and project-specific requirements, such as compliance with Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 and National Historic Preservation Act, among others.

Land Use Planning & Zoning – Assist clients in analyzing zoning requirements for commercial, industrial and residential developments. 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 clients in resolving zoning-related litigation and related to approvals and use variances.

Clean Air Act – Assist clients in determining Clean Air Act permit requirements for industrial facilities and counsel clients on compliance and enforcement issues.

Greenhouse Gas Regulation - Counsel clients on compliance issues related to RGGI and proposed greenhouse gas regulations, including EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions monitoring program and proposed tailoring rule, and legislation related to a federal cap-and-trade program.

Energy – Counsel clients on applicability of NYSERDA and Department of Energy funding programs and tax-based incentives to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and project development work related to such projects. Counsel clients on integrating sustainability and energy conservation measures into residential, commercial and industrial projects. Publication of articles on the legal issues related to carbon sequestration projects.

Other Areas of Expertise
Telecommunications - Assist clients in analyzing zoning requirements for telecommunications facilities. 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 with general project coordination and development. Review leases and lease amendments for telecommunications facilities, including new construction, collocations on existing towers, and structure agreements to locate on rooftops or other existing structures. Assist clients in resolving permit fee and zoning-related disputes arising from the unlawful application of zoning requirements to telecommunications facilities.