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MaryVolcko

Project Specialist

"My job is never boring—handling unique legal projects across industries lets me keep learning and growing as I help clients achieve their goals."

Overview

Biography

Mary offers over 25 years of legal support and deep knowledge in matters related to energy, mining, project development, regulatory and environmental law. Mary coordinates and assists in managing a wide array of projects and engagements related to, permitting, regulatory matters, and contested matters including project applications, discovery management and review; factual development; matter intake and technical analysis; dispositive motions; agency-level hearings, trials, and settlements; and obtaining agency approvals and permits. She is routinely involved with complex commercial and environmental litigation in state and federal courts, including appeals; Article 78 actions; and permitting and regulatory matters involving SEQRA compliance, CERCLA, Navigation Law, environmental permits, development, land use, zoning approvals, and other regulatory approvals before federal, state, and local agencies.

Mary has significant experience with air permitting and environmental regulatory compliance for clients such as hot-mix asphalt and construction-aggregate processing facilities. She also assists in the development of environmental assessments and impact statements for a range of complex projects, including construction aggregate-mining operations and petroleum pipelines.

Mary additionally assists with applications for certifications under New York State and local diversity certification programs. She also acts as liaison between clients, consultants, the courts, and others for investigative and preparation purposes. Mary is proficient in numerous legal-industry software programs and practice-specific programs, including Concordance and Relativity, and is experienced in filing through e-court systems.

Bar Associations

  • Onondaga County Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully obtained highly competitive state Municipal Restructuring Fund (MRF) grants for clients.
  • Assisted the legal team representing a NYS medical-marijuana entity in successfully registering it as a registered organization under the Compassionate Care Act. An entirely Women-Owned Business Enterprise, the company was one of five out of 43 applicants to be approved for registration.
  • Acted as lead document manager in numerous pieces of high-profile litigation in both federal and state courts, including CERCLA matters and actions challenging state and local agency determinations. Provided litigation support to lead counsel representing a group of self-insured employers against the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. The litigation team successfully obtained a stay of enforcement and, ultimately, a beneficial settlement for the client group.
  • Assisted the legal team representing a major interstate oil-pipeline company in the development of an interstate oil pipeline between New York and New Jersey, analyzing issues related to NY environmental regulatory regimes and the State Environmental Quality Review Act.
  • Regularly provides support concerning underlying scientific findings and related regulatory requirements to lawyers in negotiations with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on behalf of clients in enforcement proceedings.
  • Assisted a client in applying for and obtaining registered organization status as one of the first five registered organizations authorized to grow, produce, and distribute in NYS under the NYS Compassionate Care Act. Continuing working on maintaining status and assisting with regulatory compliance. Researched pharmaceutical-grade honey for use in a medical lozenge. Handling facility issues.
  • Successfully negotiated an industrial hemp agricultural forward agreement involving the purchase of over $1 million of NY-grown hemp biomass cultivated during the 2019 growing season.  
  • Obtained a highly favorable settlement for a coalition of NYS transportation-related businesses in a lawsuit against the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. The coalition was comprised of former members of a group self-insured trust that was fraudulently formed and unscrupulously managed, leading to the insolvency of the trust. The clients alleged the “deficit assessment” issued by the board against the members violated both procedural and substantive due process, several statutory provisions, and common law. Obtained successful motions for stay of enforcement and partial summary judgment and settled related third-party litigation with no exposure for the clients.

Prior Experience

  • Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., Case Manager
  • Law Offices of Kevin J. Brown, Case Manager
  • Devorsetz Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., Case Manager
  • Syracuse Research Corporation, Analytical Chemist

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