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"My daily motivation comes from knowing that I can facilitate the process of obtaining desired results for my clients to meet their goals."



Genevieve represents various developers—including those for large commercial, housing, and renewable energy projects—in all aspects of project development, including obtaining local and state permits, land use and zoning approvals, and environmental review under SEQRA. In addition, she assists solar and wind energy clients with the RPTL 487 process and obtaining financial assistance from industrial development agencies. She is also frequently engaged in contract review and negotiations, including various types of construction and vendor contracts and municipal agreements.

Bar Associations

  • Albany County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon Women’s Forum
  • Women's Energy Network, Treasurer

Representative Experience

  • Represents a national solar developer on land use and zoning approvals, real property tax mitigation, and economic development incentives (in the form of PILOT agreements, etc.) in connection with more than 50 commercial-scale solar projects across New York State.
  • Serves as local NYS counsel to a national financial institution in connection with due diligence review of multiple solar projects in New York State, including assessing compliance with federal, state, and local laws regarding regulatory, permitting, environmental, interconnection, and real estate issues, to ensure that the facilities are constructed and operating in accordance with applicable approvals, permits, and laws.
  • Represents real estate developers, private property owners, and local agencies in connection with evaluating the impacts of construction projects under SEQRA, including developing mitigation measures and project alternatives to avoid or minimize impacts on resources.
  • Represents renewable energy clients related to negotiations and drafting of master supply and service agreements, EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) contracts, and subcontracts.
  • Represents renewable energy developers in obtaining financial assistance from industrial development agencies or through the RPTL 487 process.
  • Represented a global leader in semiconductor manufacturing to secure financial assistance from New York State and the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency to construct and operate the world's first, largest, and only 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility in Marcy, New York.
  • Acted as local counsel for a leading North American developer of solar and energy storage related to the development of facilities within the jurisdiction of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and assisted with the permitting of these facilities with the APA. 
  • Represented a private higher education institution in Syracuse, New York, in evaluating property impacts and uses owned by the institution as the City of Syracuse underwent a city-wide rezone.
  • Assisted an international religious organization with due diligence prior to acquiring 100-plus acres of land in the mid-Hudson Valley area.
  • Acted as co-counsel for the NY Independent System Operator in connection with obtaining land use and environmental approvals for the construction of the power control center (PCC) for New York State. The PCC operates and controls the bulk electric transmission grid across the state.

Prior Experience

  • Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, Associate
  • Tooher & Barone, LLP, Associate
  • General Electric Company, Environmental Health & Safety Department Legal Intern
  • NYS Public Service Commission, Office of Industry and Government Relations Legal Intern
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Spills/Remediation Bureau Legal Intern

Selected Community Activities

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2023 Visionary of the Year Candidate
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, Volunteer

Selected Honors

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™: Land Use and Zoning Law, 2022–2023
  • Leadership Tech Valley, Class of 2017

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York Solar Energy Industries Association, "Legislative Roundtable –CLCPA vs. Home Rule"
  • Saratoga Planning and Zoning Conference, "Unraveling the Use Variance and County Referrals"
  • New York Planning Federation Summer School Training, "Got Junk? How Municipalities Can Deal With Junk and Junkyards"

Selected Media

  • Rochester Business Journal, "Barclay Damon"
  • Association of Towns Talk of the Towns, “Solar Power Purchase Agreements: What Every Municipality Should Know Before Signing”
  • NY Zoning Law and Practice Report, “Zoning Immunity: What’s That?” 
  • New York Planning Federation, “Exempting Local Governments From Zoning Regulations”
  • American Bar Association, “Legal Strategies for Greening Local Government” Appendix

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media


NYS Siting Board Grants Developer's Petition for Relief From County's Unreasonable Delay


Horseback Rider Assumes Risk of "Green Broke" Horse


New York Adult Survivors Act Set to Expire


NYS Appellate Court Reverses in Favor of Policyholder in Ensuing Loss Case


Temporary Health Care Staffing Agencies Can No Longer Charge for Hiring Their Personnel


The First Department Addresses When a Party Is Entitled to Treble Damages Pursuant to Judiciary Law §487

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