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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 has also represented individuals and businesses before state and federal agencies in enforcement actions regarding alleged violations of environmental laws, including consent orders with the EPA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Bar Associations

  • Albany County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee Member
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon Women’s Forum

Representative Experience

  • 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 a national solar developer in obtaining local land use permits and navigating wetlands and endangered species issues.
  • 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 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.
  • Represented the Town of Greenport planning board in its site plan review and evaluation of impacts under SEQRA for various projects, including the development of a mental health group home and a 2.6MW solar farm.

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

  • Historic Albany Foundation, Board of Directors Member
  • 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

  • Association of Towns Annual Meeting, “County Referrals A to Z”
  • 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 Publications & 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


Northern Long-Eared Bat Granted Federal Endangered Status


USFWS Proposes Revision to African Elephant 4(d) Rule


Red Flags That a Company May Be in Financial Trouble, Part 2


NYS Governor Hochul Signs Bill Requiring Posting of Veterans' Benefits and Services


Office of Cannabis Management Preview of NYS Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations


Moving Defendant Relying on a Complete Defense Need Not Disprove Every Exception

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