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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. 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.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?” 
  • NY Zoning Law and Practice Report, “To Drill or Not to Drill: Municipal Land Use Strategies for Addressing Natural Gas Drilling”
  • 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 Office of Renewable Energy Siting Proposes New Rules Implementing the Major Renewable Energy Development Program


Strict New Criteria for Community Medicaid Program Takes Effect October 1


FERC Formalizes Its Practice That States Have a Full Year to Act on Section 401 Certification Requests for Natural Gas Act Infrastructure Projects


Have You Received an "Urgent Notice" About Your Trademark?


COVID-19: Anticipated RESTAURANTS Act of 2020 Will Establish a $120 Billion Fund for Assistance


Post-ARRA COBRA Litigation May Signal COBRA Lawsuits to Come

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