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Adam is an experienced litigator specializing in environmental, land use, regulatory and municipal law. He represents private parties, municipalities and government agencies in a wide range of issues including the environmental review of development projects under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), compliance and resolution of environmental enforcement matters before federal, state, and local agencies, zoning challenges, redevelopment of brownfield properties and site remediation. His work on Superfund cases includes the representation of a multi-national corporation at a complex contaminated sediment site and the representation of a Native American nation as trustee for natural resource damages claims.

As a founding Board member of the NYC Climate Action Alliance, Adam is committed to finding environmental solutions that help the City achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent and offsetting remaining emissions to achieve a carbon-neutral NYC by 2050.

Prior to joining SPR in 2011, Adam served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Environmental Law Division of the New York City Law Department, where he defended the City’s initiative to “green” its yellow taxi fleet against claims of preemption under the Clean Air Act, brought litigation to defend the City’s watershed, and defended City infrastructure projects in cases involving SEQRA and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the use of City parkland, and eminent domain. Before attending law school, Adam served as the statewide volunteer coordinator and aide to then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, and as a communications officer in the United States Army Signal Corps.


City Point

Location: Brooklyn, NY | Date: 2013

On behalf of project developers, SPR obtained dismissal of claims in New  York County Supreme Court brought under the State Environmental Quality Review Act to challenge the mixed-use City Point project in Downtown Brooklyn by community group and labor unions on statute of limitations and standing grounds.  SPR also advised the developer with respect to subsequent environmental review of project modifications.
Development And Land Use
Environmental Impact Review/Permitting
Permitting and Litigation for Government-Sponsored Developments

The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge

Location: Westchester, NY | Date: 2014

SPR represents the New York State Thruway Authority with respect to the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which connects Westchester and Rockland counties across the Hudson River.  SPR advised as to the project’s environmental review pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act and State Environmental Quality Review Act, and with regard to the environmental permitting and related requirements under both state and federal laws.  SPR also assisted in critical negotiations with public interest groups in order to avoid potential litigation challenging the project.

Municipal Law

Long Island Power Authority – Southampton to Bridgehampton Transmission Line Project

Location: Bridgehampton, NY | Date: 2008

SPR is environmental counsel to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and represented LIPA in connection with the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the construction of a transmission line between the LIPA substations located in Southampton and Bridgehampton on the East End of Long Island. The project, which also included an expansion of the Bridgehampton substation, was controversial because of the proposal to install part of the line above ground on poles installed along the route of existing overhead distribution lines. SPR led the EIS project team and defended LIPA when its project approval was challenged in New York State Supreme Court. The matter was successfully resolved when LIPA and the Town of Southampton entered into an agreement on a funding mechanism to permit the entire installation of the line underground without burdening LIPA ratepayers as a whole with the expense for that additional work.

“The CERCLA Consent Order/Decree Templates Are Not Designed to Address Adaptive Management, So Do They Restrict Creativity?,” Panelist

For: 2023 Sediment Workshop - EHS Support

October 2023

The No Interruptions Podcast – Climate Change Initiatives

For: Mike Gallagher Podcast guest

July 2023

“Local Law 154 Pulls the Plug on Fossil Fuels in New Buildings: Is New York City Ready for Its All-Electric Future?,” Co-Author

For: 33 Environmental Law in New York 169; Co-Author(s): Adam Stolorow, Evan Preminger

October 2022

“Affordable Housing and Climate Mitigation in New York City: Compliance and Financing Options for Building Owners Under Local Laws 97 and 116,” Co-Author

For: 32 Environmental Law in New York 19; Co-Author(s): Alexis Saba, Adam Stolorow

February 2021

“Landlord & Tenant Cooperation for Energy Efficiency,” Panelist

For: IFMA NYC and CoreNet Global NYC, panelist on Local Law 97

August 2020

“Environmental Racism and the Path to a Sustainable New York City,” Presenter

For: Sick Empire Podcast Guest

June 2020

“OK, Climate Change: Generations Unite to Take Action,” Moderator

For: CIRKLE, panel moderator

December 2019

“NYC Laws and Leases: What Can Be Done to Protect Tenants,” Presenter

For: International Facility Management Association, panelist on NYC Local Law 97

November 2019

“She Blinded Me with Science: New Technology as a Tool in Environmental Cases,” Presenter

For: CLE panel chair, NYSBA

September 2019

“Highlights of NYC’s Building Emissions Law,” Presenter

For: Environmental Law Network Webinar

August 2019

“How NYC Building Owners Will Cash In on the New Environmental Standards,” Presenter

For: Queens Chamber of Commerce panelist on NYC Local Law 97

July 2019

“SEQR: 2017 Proposed SEQR Amendments,” Panelist

For: CLE panelist, NYSBA

October 2017

“The Environmental Lawyer’s Role in an Environmental Crisis”

For: The New York Environmental Lawyer

Fall 2016

“Greening the Yellow Taxi Fleet,” Presenter

For: City University of New York

November 2010

“Federal Preemption of State and Local Environmental Initiatives: The Latest Battles,” Panelist

For: ABA teleconference panelist

December 2009

NYC Department of Buildings Releases Proposed Local Law 97 Regulations

On October 6, 2022, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued proposed regulations to implement Local Law 97 of 2019 (LL97).  LL97 requires most large buildings in NYC to meet increasingly stringent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits starting in 2024. The proposed ...

NYC’s Natural Gas Ban Intends to Speed Up Building Electrification

In the waning days of its 2021 legislative session, the New York City Council passed a new law limiting the use of carbon intensive fuels in future building construction. Passed by the City Council on December 15 and signed by outgoing Mayor Bill De Blasio on December 22, Read More

NYC Department of Buildings Issues New Guidance on Local Law 97 Adjustment Applications

On Friday April 9, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued its first Local Law 97 Adjustments Application Filing Guide. DOB began accepting adjustment applications on April 12, 2021 via its Read More

New York State Proposes Specific Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets for 2030 and 2050

The New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA) requires statewide reductions of greenhouse gas emissions of 40% by 2030 and 85% by 2050, as compared to 1990 levels, in order to help slow the rate of global climate change. The CLCPA directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) ...

U.S. Supreme Court’s Latest CERCLA Decision Could Mean a Tangle for Future Litigation

On April 20th, 2020, the United States Supreme Court held in Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) does not prevent state courts from hearing state law ...

David Paget’s Life and Career Featured in Super Lawyers Article

Super Lawyers magazine’s October 2017 issue features an in-depth profile of SPR founding partner David Paget. The article traces David’s steps from his childhood days growing up in the Lillian Wald Houses on the Lower East Side, to his ...

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2008, Dean's Scholarship

Brown University, B.A., 1998

New York, 2009

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Co-Chair, Environmental Impact Review Committee, Section on Environmental & Energy Law of the New York State Bar Association

Founding board member, NYC Climate Action Alliance

Interim board chair and pro bono counsel for Green Guerillas, supporting community gardens in NYC

Member, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Energy & Environmental Committee

Member, New York City Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee

Member, Westchester County Bar Association, Municipal Law Section

New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI) participant, 2009