Environmental Law Section

  • Welcome to the Environmental Law Section
    Welcome to the Environmental Law Section The purpose of this Section is to bring together members of the New York State Bar Association who are interested in environmental law for furtherance of the public interest in an effective and fair legal framework for protection of the human and natural environment.
  • Upcoming Events
    • Emerging Issues in Environmental Insurance 2014

      The current emphasis on enforcement of stringent federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations has resulted in increasing environmental risk and loss exposure. In response, environmental insurance products have evolved to help address these risks. This program examines critical aspects of environmental insurance and provides valuable information on using environmental insurance as a risk management tool.
      Leaders of key environmental insurance companies will provide an environmental insurance market update and discuss current coverage issues and claim trends. Sessions will address emerging legal liability and evolving coverages and will feature practical tips from environmental insurance experts. Lessons learned will also be presented to help practitioners maximize available environmental coverage and minimize disputes with carriers.
      8:30 – 9:00 am        Registration
      9:00 – 9:05 am       Introduction & Welcome
      Gerard P. Cavaluzzi, Vice President and Division Counsel, ARCADIS U.S., Inc., White Plains, New York, Gary P. Gengel, Partner, and Chair of NY Office Environmental Department, Latham & Watkins LLP, New York, New York
      9:05 – 10:30 am         Part I:
      (A) State of Marketplace Overview
      Speakers: Gene P. Devine, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; * Howard M. Tollin, Sterling Environmental Services
      Part II:
      (B) Views from the Carriers: Emerging Environmental Insurance Coverage Issues/Claim Trends 
      Moderator: Gerard P. Cavaluzzi, ARCADIS U.S.
      Speakers: William Bell, Chubb Insurance Group; * Jayne Cunningham, Beazley Group; * William P. Hazelton, ACE; * Robert Newmarker, Zurich North America; * John O’Brien, Ironshore; * Mary Ann Susavidge, XL; * Environmental Insurance; * Richard Wagner, AIG
      10:30 – 10:40 AM       Refreshment Break
      10:40 – 11:30AM       Environmental Insurance Products & Trends
      Co-Moderators: Gene P. Devine, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; * Howard M. Tollin, Sterling Environmental Services
      Speakers: William Bell, Chubb Insurance Group; * William P. Hazelton, ACE; * Robert Newmarker, Zurich North America; * John O’Brien, Ironshore; * Mary Ann Susavidge, XL Environmental Insurance; * Jayne Cunningham, Beazley Group
      11:30 – 12:20 pm      Part III:
      Practical Tips in Environmental Insurance for Transactions
      Speakers: Daniele Cervino, Golub, Isabel & Cervino, P.C.; * Suzanne M. Avena, Garfunkel Wild, P.C. 
      12:20 – 1:00 pm        Part IV: Lesons Learned
      Ways to Maximize Available Environmental Coverage in the Claims Process and Minimize Disputes with Carriers 
      Speakers: Ann M. Waeger, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP; * Michele Schroeder, Environmental Risk Inc.; * Peter K. Rosen, L&W
      Gerard P. Cavaluzzi, Vice President and Division Counsel, ARCADIS U.S., Inc., White Plains, New York
      Suzanne M. Avena, Partner, Garfunkel Wild, P.C., Great Neck, New York; * William Bell, Vice President, Executive Field Underwriter, Chubb Insurance Group, New York, New York; * Gerard P. Cavaluzzi, Vice President and Division Counsel, ARCADIS U.S., Inc., White Plains, New York; * Daniele Cervino, Partner, Golub, Isabel & Cervino, P.C., Parsippany, New Jersey; * Jayne Cunningham, CPCU ARM, Head of Specialty Lines – Environmental, Beazley Group, New York, New York * Gene P. Devine, Senior Vice President and Eastern Region Director of Environmental, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Garden City, New York; * William P. Hazelton, Executive Vice President, ACE Environmental Risk & ACE Construction, Jersey City, New Jersey; * Robert Newmarker, Head of Environmental Site Specialty Products, Zurich North America, Boston, Massachusetts; * John O’Brien, President – Production Underwriter, Ironshore Environmental, New York, New York; * Peter K. Rosen Partner, L&W, New York, New York; * Howard M. Tollin, President and Managing Director, Sterling Environmental Services, Woodbury, New York; * Michele Schroeder, Owner & Principal, Environmental Risk Inc., Rockville Centre, New York; * Mary Ann Susavidge, Senior Vice President, XL Environmental Insurance, Exton, Pennsylvania; * Ann M. Waeger, Partner, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP, Woodbridge, New Jersey; * Richard Wagner, Chief Underwriting Officer, AIG Environmental, 
      New York, New York


    • Save the Date - NYSBA Annual Meeting January 26-31, 2015

      NYSBA Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 26 31, 2015

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      New York City

      Environmental Law Section activities will be held Thursday evening and Friday (January 29 30, 2015).  Additional information will be available closer to the meeting.

  • Envirosphere- Blog

    About Envirosphere

    Welcome to Envirosphere, the blog created and managed by the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Section’s membership is extremely varied, as it includes attorneys from the public and private sectors, environmental organizations, and academia.

    Envirosphere is intended to provide timely notice of legal events affecting environmental lawyers from all of these varied sectors. These legal events include recent cases, new regulations, new government policies, and general news of interest on the environmental front.

    To view Envirosphere, click here.

  • The New York Environmental Lawyer

    The New York Environmental Lawyer


    The New York Environmental Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of environmental law on various topics including climate change, brownsfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands and superfunds. Regular columns include  recent administrative and judicial cases, ethics issues, EPA and DEC updates and Section news. Edited by Miriam E. Villani, Esq., (Editor-in-Chief), Justin M. Birzon, Esq. (Issue Editor), Prof. Keith Hirokawa (Issue Editor), and Aaron Gershonowitz, Esq. (Issue Editor), The New York Environmental Lawyer is published by the Environmental Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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