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Joyce E.


Joyce E.


Joyce concentrates her practice on renewable energy, environmental regulation, and litigation. Her experience includes advising solar developers on structuring and negotiating renewable energy transactions, including the purchase and sale of renewable energy projects, as well as assisting NYSERDA on issues related to the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan. Joyce has also assisted clients navigate environmental issues ranging from stormwater discharges and underground storage tanks to CERCLA and the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program. She is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute, and has been named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists for Environmental Litigation and Environmental Law.

Joyce maintains an active pro bono practice, and recently represented the National Parks Conservation Association in an appeal and negotiations to protect the natural and historic resources of Valley Forge National Historic Park from increased pollution from stormwater runoff.

Before joining SPR, Joyce had served as the Connecticut Director of Environment Northeast, now Acadia Center, where she acted as lead counsel on issues before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and focused on advancing policy and regulatory solutions to transform the energy system. She also served as the State Senate President’s designated environmental representative on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

Her work in Connecticut and in the Northeast advocated for expanded investment in cost-effective energy efficiency and working to protect and strengthen existing policy mechanisms to decarbonize the electric supply. In addition, Joyce has extensive experience in intellectual property disputes and transactions, specifically relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and has on numerous occasions been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Intellectual Property.

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA, 2017-2018 Survey of New York Law,” co-author Mark A. Chertok & Allison Sloto

For: Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 4


“Policy Paper: Connecticut Energy Policy & the Role of Efficiency,” co-author

For: University of Connecticut School of Law, Center for Energy and Environmental Law

April 2011

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 ...

WOTUS Rule Reinstated in 26 States through Nationwide Injunction of Trump Administration “Suspension Rule”

On August 16, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, issued a nationwide injunction to the Trump administration’s so-called “ Read More

SPR attorneys recognized in wind energy Top 100 Legal Power List and Best Lawyers in America®

Sive, Paget & Riesel principal Dan Chorost has been ranked in the 2018 edition of A Word About Wind’s Top 100 Legal Power List, which profiles “the most important influential legal professionals currently ...

Reviving a Clean Energy Agenda, New Jersey Sets an Ambitious Wind Energy Goal

On January 31, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order setting the state on track to develop 3,500 megawatts (“MW”) of offshore wind power by 2030. This target is among the most ambitious in the country and has the ...

New Jersey Establishes Stringent Drinking Water Standards for Emerging Contaminants

New Jersey recently announced the nation’s first binding limits for certain perfluorinated and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFASs”) in drinking water, establishing stringent standards for the treatment of those emerging contaminants. While seldom used today, PFASs were Read More

New York State Unveils Methane Reduction Plan

Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration released its Methane Reduction Plan (the "Plan"), setting forth 25 priority actions to reduce methane emissions as part of New York State’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas ...

Sive, Paget & Riesel awarded top ranking for New York environmental law firms by Chambers & Partners

SPR has again been recognized as a top-ranked (Band 1) environmental law practice in New York in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The 2017 edition of Chambers USA notes that SPR “boasts a deep bench of environmental ...

Clean Water Act Update: EPA Repeals WOTUS Rule in Favor of Pre-2015 Rule

On September 12, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) (together, the “Agencies”)  announced a final rule (the “Repeal Rule”) rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule (the “2015 Rule”) that defined “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). This Repeal ...

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Maui Injection Wells Case

The federal Clean Water Act (CWA or Act) requires a permit for “any addition of any pollutant to navigable waters from any point source.” 33 U.S.C. 1362 (12) (A). On November 6, 2019, the US Supreme Court (Supreme Court) heard oral argument in County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, ...

New FERC Order No. 872 Likely to Increase Regulatory Burden on Small Renewable Energy Facilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued Final Order No. 872, implementing sweeping changes to the regulations that implement the Public Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, also known as PURPA.  Although the Commission described the changes as a move to “modernize the Commission’s interpretation of PURPA,” the new ...

University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2007

University of North Carolina, M.S., Organic Chemistry, 2004

Duke University, B.S., 2002

Connecticut, 2011

New York, 2009

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

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

New York Appellate Division, 2nd Dept.

Music by the Glass, Board of Directors

Acadia Center, Secretary, Board of Directors

Asian American Bar Association of New York, Member