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Kayley litigates the full suite of complex environmental disputes in state and federal court. Her experience includes multi-party suits under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Water Act, and state law claims under the New York Navigation Law and claims for breach of contract, negligence, trespass, fraudulent inducement, improper foreclosure, Article 78 proceedings, and other real estate and land use litigation matters. Kayley has also counseled clients on New York City Local Law 97 of 2019 compliance and eligibility for the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program and Inflation Reduction Act clean energy tax incentives.

Prior to joining SPR, Kayley worked in the litigation group in the New York office of a national law firm, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. Kayley’s litigation experience includes complex commodities trading matters, insurance litigation, business torts, discrimination claims, and antitrust matters. Kayley has counseled financial institutions, real estate developers, and other business entities in all phases of litigation from inception through discovery, motion practice, trial and appeal, and has significant experience advising clients in administrative proceedings and alternative dispute resolution.

During law school, Kayley was Executive Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and a member of Georgetown’s climate policy clinic at the Harrison Institute for Public Law. Kayley also worked as a Law Clerk to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, dealing with regulatory compliance issues under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act.

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA”

For: Syracuse Law Review Vol. 72, No. 687

Article Title: Developments in the Law of SEQRA


“Practice Before the Commercial Division, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts,” Co-Author

For: Thomson West, Fifth Addition


“A Contingency of First Resort: Policy Lessons for Greenhouse Gas Regulation Through Backstop Contingency Measures under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act,” Author

For: 27 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 121


Inflation Reduction Act: Recent Guidance and the Path Forward in 2024

On February 20 and February 21, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) held a public hearing on proposed regulations concerning the definition of energy property and rules applicable to obtaining tax credits pursuant to the ...

Energy Community Guidance for Brownfields under the Inflation Reduction Act

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department released guidance last month on the bonus credit available for certain production and investment tax credits issued to qualified projects located in “energy communities” pursuant to the Inflation Reduction ...

Recent Developments in PFAS Regulation

The regulation of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continues to rapidly evolve at the New York State and federal levels. As further detailed in SPR’s prior blog post on this issue, PFAS are a family of chemical compounds with unique properties allowing ...

Gov. Hochul Announces M-Corps Program to Bring Climate Technology to New York State

On November 9, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that more than $3.7 million would be allocated to bring innovative climate technology, manufacturing and products to New York State. According to the Governor’s press release, this initiative, ...

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Issues Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria

On March 9, 2022, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC or the Department) issued draft criteria developed by the Department’s Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG or Working Group) for identifying disadvantaged communities in New York State. The CJWG was established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act ...

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Issues CLCPA Compliance Guidance

On December 8, 2021, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC or the Department) issued two policies that incorporate climate change considerations into Departmental decision making and ensure compliance with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA). As ...

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2015

Princeton University, A.B., 2012, magna cum laude

New York, 2016

U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2018

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2018

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2020

Bar Association of the City of New York

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Pro Bono Advisory Council, Member