Skip to content





Dan Chorost helps domestic and international developers as well as governmental entities navigate the environmental review processes required for wind, solar and other complex development projects.  Dan works to minimize project litigation risk using his environmental and commercial litigation background, and defends against any challenges that materialize under the National Environmental Policy Act or its state analogs, such as the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Representative matters include:

  • Equinor Wind US on the permitting and development of the 816-megawatt Empire Wind offshore wind farm, to be located 20 miles south of Long Island.
  • Atlantic Offshore Terminals on the property acquisition and the environmental permitting required to develop the Arthur Kill Terminal project, which will be the first offshore wind pre-assembly facility in New York State
  • NYSERDA on the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and its 21 supporting environmental and infrastructure studies; the Master Plan articulates the State’s planning principles for offshore wind development and energy purchasing, and forms the basis of the State’s goal of facilitating the development of 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035.
  • Private and public entities, including Empire State Development, on the permitting and the successful litigation defense of the Barclays Center/Atlantic Yards project, the largest development program in Brooklyn’s history.
  • The State of New York on the environmental permitting and successful defense of Columbia University’s creation of a new graduate research campus in northern Manhattan.
  • US, Canadian and European solar developers in connection with community solar, on-shore wind and other renewable portfolios in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.
  • A non-profit municipal consortium on the aggregated procurement of solar panels to install on municipal properties, and of green and brown electricity to supply to over 100,000 homes in Westchester County, NY.
  • A New York municipality to successfully block construction of a natural gas pipeline through local critical environmental areas.

A firm Principal since 2007, Dan writes and widely lectures on offshore wind development and other renewable energy matters.

Ranked Attorney, Chambers & Partners, New York/Environment, 2015-Present
Super Lawyer for Environmental Law, Metro New York, 2013-2021
Ranked in Top 100 Legal Professionals in Global Wind Power Market for 2018-2019 by A Word About Wind, based upon industry survey and independent market research
Leading Attorney in Environmental Law, Who’s Who Legal: Environmental, 2015, 2016
Program Co-Chair, NYS Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting, The Law of Solar Energy, January 2016
Ranked Attorney, Chambers & Partners, New York/Environment

“Celebration of Project to Develop Offshore Wind Pre-Assembly Facility in New York City”

For: Organizer/Presenter at Sive, Paget & Riesel's "Cruise to the Future" Event, New York, NY

April 2019

“A Primer on U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Development”

For: Presenter at American Law Institute/Environmental Law Institute, National Environmental Law Annual Conference, Washington, DC

February 2019

“The Future of Offshore Wind: New York State”

For: Organizer/Presenter at Sive, Paget & Riesel's full-day Offshore Wind symposium, New York, NY

June 2018

“State and Federal Permitting of Offshore Wind in the United States”

For: Presenter at The German-American Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY

June 2018

“Offshore Wind for New York: Regulatory Framework and Update”

For: Presenter at The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Environmental/Energy Law Committee’s Offshore Wind Initiative: The Legal Path Forward, New York, NY

May 2018

“U.S. Offshore Wind Development”

For: Presenter at Stibbe Offshore Wind Expert Symposium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

November 2017

“The Law of Renewable Energy”

For: Program Co-Chair/Presenter, The New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Annual Meeting, New York, NY

January 2016

“Demonstrating Divisibility at Sediment Megasites: Building a Case against Joint and Several Liability in Superfund Waterways,” co-author Priya Murthy

For: Environmental Law in New York

August 2015

“Green Buildings: Emerging Laws and Practices,” co-author Margaret Macdonald

For: Practical Law Journal

May 2011, updated November 2014

“Initiatives Hit Workplace Violations With Environmental Laws,” co-author Daniel Riesel

For: New York Law Journal

September 7, 2005

“When Regulatory Universes Collide: Environmental Regulation in the Workplace,” co-author Daniel Riesel

For: N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal 613


Equinor Becomes Leading U.S. Offshore Wind Developer with 2,500 Megawatt Award from New York State

In his January 13, 2021 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York will contract with Equinor Wind US LLC (Equinor) for 2,490 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy, the largest combined procurement of offshore wind energy ...

NYSERDA Requests PSC Authorization to Procure at Least 1,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity in 2020

On January 28, 2020, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) submitted a petition to the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) seeking authorization to issue a solicitation to procure between 1,000 ...

NEPA Review of Pipeline Project Upheld by D.C. Circuit – With Asterisk

On June 4, the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in Birckhead, et al. v. FERC, in which the petitioners challenged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) environmental review of a natural gas pipeline project.<...

NYSERDA Issues New York’s First Offshore Wind Energy Solicitation

On November 8, 2018, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) issued its first request for proposals (“RFP”) for offshore wind renewable energy credits (“ORECs”) associated with 800 MW ...

Federal Court Dismisses NEPA Challenge to Offshore Wind Lease

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently dismissed an Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) litigation filed by the Fisheries Survival Fund and other commercial fishing interests related to the U.S. Bureau of ...

New York University School of Law, J.D., 1996

Rutgers College, B.A., 1992, With honors

New York, 1997

New Jersey, 1996

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, Second and Eighth Circuits

Hon. Jorge A. Solis of the United States District Court, N.D. Tex., Dallas (1999-2000)

Sustainable Westchester, member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2015-present)

NYU Furman Center, member of Board of Advisors (2016-2019)

Rye City School District, member of Facilities Committee (2015-2020)

City of Rye, NY, member of Transportation & Pedestrian Safety Committee (2016-2020)

The Junior State Foundation, member of the Alumni Committee and former member of the Board of Trustees (2010-2017)