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Of Counsel

Paul graduated from New York Law School, magna cum laude in 1989, where he was a John Ben Snow Scholar. Before joining Sive, Paget & Riesel, he served as Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Sanitation responsible for engineering and planning for the City’s waste disposal system and as as Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department. Paul is admitted to the practice of law in New York and New Jersey. During his eighteen years of work with New York City, he was extensively involved in issues of environmental policy, risk communication to the public and regulatory agencies, as well as all aspects of municipal procurement and contracting. He has advised clients in regard to responding to public tenders as well as contract issues involving public entities with respect to construction projects and solid waste management and recycling services.

Paul represents firms and government entities engaged in waste management, energy generation and other public utilities in connection with environmental, regulatory and procurement issues. He has extensive experience with the New York City Departments of Sanitation, Environmental Protection, Fire, and the Business Integrity Commission (formerly Trade Waste Commission). In addition to representing clients in state and federal court, and before administrative agencies and tribunals, a large part of his practice is devoted to working with clients in connection with industrial development and real estate transactions to develop effective strategies to manage environmental risks and regulatory requirements including permits and SEQRA. Paul has counseled major real estate developers in connection with the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program and in regard to tactics including deal structure to maximize and preserve available tax credits. He has also counseled professionals involved in the handling, management or investigation of hazardous materials with regard to their own potential legal liability.


  • Covanta: air permitting & regulatory issues, municipal contract disputes and contract dispute in connection with water pollution facility
  • Municipal Electric Utility of Freeport Long Island: air permitting and regulatory issues
  • City Recycling: CERCLA defense and regulatory matters
  • American Sugar Refining: Air permitting, water permits, SEQRA
  • Tital Group of NY: construction contracts, regulatory, public procurement, acquisition due diligence
  • SUNA Equities: Brownfield Tax Credits
  • Georgetown Company: Brownfield Tax Credit for IAC headquarters
  • Brookfield Office Properties: RCRA and CERCLA issues relating to the development of the air rights above the Westside Rail Yards
  • East End Temple: settlement with developer of previously owned property of claims related to petroleum pollution
  • Cropsey and Benson Scrap Metal: regulatory matters, bulkhead restoration at Gowanus Canal, CERCLA defense
  • PASCAP: scrap metal, regulatory matters, wetlands and SPDES, due diligence related to potential acquisitions, handling of Freon
  • City Recycling: permitting, due diligence, CERCLA defense
  • Solid Waste Management Authority of Puerto Rico: environmental & procurement
  • Montenay Energy Corporation: due diligence
  • Stericycle Corporation: medical waste; due diligence, acquisitions, financial reporting
  • United States Gypsum Company: CERCLA defense
  • Village of Freeport, Freeport Electric Municipal Utility: regulatory related to air permits
  • IESI, New York Corp.: environmental, regulatory, due diligence, procurement issues
  • Harlem River Yard Ventures: development of intermodal rail and mixed use facility
  • Tully Construction: procurement & regulatory matters relating to public contracts
  • Messerole Carting: waste recycling, regulatory issues

New York Law School, J.D., 1989, magna cum laude, John Ben Snow Scholar

New York University, MBA Program, Corp. Finance (ABD)

City College of New York, Master of Electrical Engineering, 1970

City College of New York, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, 1968, magna cum laude

New York, 1989

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