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June 1, 2020

Yvonne Hennessey and Mike Oropallo Named to Leadership Roles in NYSBA Sections

June 1, 2020—Barclay Damon announces Yvonne Hennessey, Environmental and Lobbying & Election Law Compliance Practice Areas chair; COVID-19 Response Team leader; and co-leader of the Oil & Gas, Linear Infrastructure, and Energy Markets Teams, was named as the New York State Bar Association Environmental and Energy Law Section cabinet secretary. Additionally, Mike Oropallo, Branding, Trademarks & Copyrights Practice Area co-chair and co-leader of the Outdoor & Wildlife Team, was named chair of the NYSBA Intellectual Property Law Section.

A long-time member of the NYSBA Environmental and Energy Law Section Executive Committee and Energy Committee co-chair, Hennessey primarily concentrates her practice on project siting and high-profile environmental and regulatory litigation in both administrative and judicial forums. She is well known for her strategic advice on navigating the ever-growing opposition to energy siting, with a strong focus on positioning clients to succeed in any resulting litigation. Hennessey also advises clients on a myriad of federal, state, and local laws and regulatory requirements that apply to project permitting and siting.

A first-chair trial lawyer with 30 years of wide-ranging complex civil trial experience, Oropallo regularly represents and counsels clients in complex patent, trademark, and intellectual property copyright disputes throughout the United States. He also handles enforcement and permitting issues regarding environmental and wildlife laws, including the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Oropallo additionally serves as an arbitrator, mediator, and NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee member.

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