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Alexis
Saba

Associate

Alexis
Saba

Associate

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.

2022 “Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch” for Environmental Law, published by Best Lawyers®
2021 “Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch” for Environmental Law, published by Best Lawyers®
New York Super Lawyers, Environmental, Rising Star

“NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act – Practical Implications and Updates Nearly One Month Away From The First Deadline”

For: St. John’s University School of Law (panelist)

May 2021

“Applying for LL97 Adjustments”

For: Building Energy Exchange (panelist)

May 2021

“Preparing for Carbon Emission Limits under NYC Local Law 97”

For: HalfMoon Education, Inc. (panelist)

January 2021

“Maximizing Property Values Through Onsite Solar”

For: Fall 2020 Webinar Series with SPR and Crauderueff Solar (panelist)

November 2020

“NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act – Practical Implications with Less Than Nine Months to the First Deadlines”

For: New York State Bar Association, Environment and Energy Law Section Fall Meeting (panelist)

October 2020

“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

2014

“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

2013

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

For: The New York Environmental Lawyer

Summer/Fall 2012

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

On October 29, 2020, the New York City Council passed Read More

NYC Issues Proposed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loan Regulations

In late October 2020, the New York City Department of Finance issued proposed regulations to implement a Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) loan program in NYC to provide targeted loans with favorable terms to building owners for installation of systems ...

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” ...

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

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

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 ...

Cornell Law School, J.D., 2011

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

New York, 2012

New York State Bar Association, Member

Urban Land Institute, NEXT NY, Co-Chair

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

Riders Alliance, Member and Volunteer