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Alexis focuses her practice on environmental and land use law and litigation. Most recently, she has been working with clients to understand the Climate Mobilization Act, connect with technical experts, and develop creative, adaptive compliance strategies that suit clients’ business needs. Alexis’s general experience includes advising clients on complex, multi-jurisdictional projects such as infrastructure and waterfront developments, including issues with title to lands currently or formerly under water; preparing and facilitating applications for environmental permits, as well as the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program; negotiating resolution of permit violations; assisting clients with environmental due diligence related to real estate financing and development; and defending and prosecuting lawsuits related to environmental liabilities, environmental impact assessments, land use and zoning decisions, and construction matters.  Alexis also maintains an active pro bono practice in partnership with a wildlife conservation organization.

Prior to joining SPR in 2016, Alexis worked in the Litigation group at Paul Hastings LLP where her practice focused on commercial litigation, government and internal investigations, and pro bono immigration work.  Prior to Paul Hastings, Alexis was a post-graduate legal fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.

Alexis is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Williams College.

2021 “Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch” for Environmental Law, published by Best Lawyers®

“Optimizing Your New Roof’s Value: Local Law 92/94 Opportunities”

For: Webinar Hosted by SPR and Crauderueff Solar (panelist)

April 2020

“Local Law 97 – Legal, Technical and Financial Risks Uncovered”

For: Seminar Hosted by SPR and RENEW Energy Partners (panelist)

March 2020

“WISE Tackles the Climate Mobilization Act”

For: Building Energy Exchange panel (panelist)

October 2019

“SPR Attorneys Explain the NYC Buildings Emissions Law”

For: SPR Webinar (with Jeff Gracer)

August 2019

“The Climate Mobilization Act – How It Affects You (And How PACE Can Help)”

For: Duval & Stachenfeld LLP panel (panelist)

July 2019

“Looking Forward and Looking Back: The Path to Deep Emissions Reductions in New York City’s Buildings”

For: New York City Bar Association panel (moderator)

May 2019

“Land Under Water in NYC: What It Is & Why It Matters”

For: American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter panel (panelist)

October 2018

“Agricultural Pesticides: Who, What, When, Where, Why & What To Do About It”

For: New York City Bar Association panel (moderator)

April 2018

“Five Year Review: Evolving Environmental Law and Advice to ‘Green’ Lawyers,” Alexis Saba

For: The New York Environmental Lawyer, Fall 2017, and Environmental Claims Journal, 2017 Issue 3

July 2017

“Combined Heat and Power’s Potential to Meet New York City’s Sustainability Goals,” Bianca Howard & Alexis Saba et al.,

For: Energy Policy, vol. 65(C), 444–454


“Getting Ahead of the Curve: Supporting Adaptation to Long-term Climate Change and Short-term Climate Variability Alike,” Alexis Saba & Michela Biasutti et al.

For: Carbon and Climate Law Review, 7(1), 3–23


“Evolving Environmental Law and Advice to ‘Green’ Lawyers,” Alexis Saba & John Wood

For: The New York Environmental Lawyer

Summer/Fall 2012

Town of East Fishkill Defeats Zoning Challenge

In a decision dated January 7, 2019, the New York Supreme Court, Dutchess County, dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Town of East Fishkill’s 2012 zoning code amendment allowing for remediation and ...

Federal Agencies Commit to Streamlining Environmental Reviews for Major Infrastructure Projects

On April 9, 2018, the heads of 12 federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) that aims to streamline and shorten federal environmental and permitting reviews for major infrastructure projects.  The MOU implements President Trump’s One Federal Decision (“...

New York State and City Pension Funds Will Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have both recently made significant climate change-related announcements: the State’s and City’s pension ...

New York Court of Appeals Denies Exxon Mobil’s Motion to Appeal in Ongoing Climate Change Investigation by New York Attorney General

On September 12, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals denied Exxon Mobil’s motion for leave to appeal a decision of the Appellate Division, ...

Court Dismisses Article 78 Proceeding Against the Village of Tuckahoe

The New York State Supreme Court (Westchester County) has dismissed an Article 78 proceeding that challenged the Village of Tuckahoe Planning Board’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) determination and Site Plan Approval, as well as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (“NYSDEC’s”) selected New York ...

New York Supreme Court Denies Motion to Preliminarily Enjoin a Brownfield Remediation and Hotel Development in the Village of Tuckahoe

In one of the few cases examining the intersection between the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) and the State Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”), the New York State Supreme Court (Westchester County), on May 26, 2017, Read More

Building-Generated Greenhouse Gas Emissions Addressed in Multiple New York City Council Bills This Session

In pursuit of New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 (a goal known as “80x50”), the City Council is considering multiple bills this session that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city ...

Mayor de Blasio Announces Suite of Historic Buildings Emissions Reduction Laws

To commemorate Earth Day on April 22, 2019, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced  a groundbreaking suite of laws enacted by the New York City Council to require and facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from a significant number of buildings ...

NYC Local Law 97 Advisory Board Established, With Expert Working Groups Coming Soon

Implementation of New York City’s groundbreaking Building Emissions Law (Local Law 97 of 2019) is underway. On December 19, 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced the appointment of 15 Advisory Board members who will assess and report on over 20 aspects of the Law, with the help of expert ...

Environmental Issues in Bankruptcy Sales

The economic distress ensuing from COVID-19 will likely result in more frequent sales of business assets and real estate under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. Section 363 sales provide an expedited process to raise revenue and are designed to enable an asset purchaser to take assets “free and clear of any ...

New York City Council Considers Amendment to Local Law 97 Affordable Housing Provisions

On May 28, 2020, New York City Councilmember Costa Constantinides, among others, introduced a bill— Read More

NYCDOB to Issue Local Law 97 Adjustment Guidance in January 2021  

Gina Bocra, the Chief Sustainability Officer for the New York City Department of Buildings (NYCDOB), recently announced that in January 2021, the agency expects to issue guidance on the process for obtaining an adjustment to buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions caps under Read More

NYC Buildings Receive Their First Energy Efficiency Grades

On October 1, 2020, buildings over 25,000 square feet in New York City received their first energy efficiency grades from the City Department of Buildings (“DOB”). Buildings must post the grade “in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to such building” ...

Cornell Law School, J.D., 2011

Williams College, B.A., 2006, cum laude

New York, 2012

Bar Association of the City of New York, Animal Law Committee, Member

New York State Bar Association, Member

American Planning Association

New York Metro Chapter, Member

Urban Land Institute, Member

New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute, Graduate and Board of Advisors Member

Riders Alliance, Member and Volunteer