Knauf Shaw LLP concentrates its practice in Environmental and Energy Law, Commercial Real Estate, Land Use, Zoning and Municipal Law. The firm is recognized as one of five Top Law Firms in New York in Construction, Real Estate & Environmental Law by Super Lawyers and as a Tier One Best Lawyers Best Law Firms in Environmental Law and Litigation. Recent noteworthy decisions include Lighthouse Pointe Property Associates, LLC v. NYSDEC, 14 N.Y.3d 161 (2010) and Anschutz Exploration Corp. v. Town of Dryden, 35 Misc.3d 450 (Sup. Ct. Tompkins Co. 2012).
The firm guides businesses, developers, landowners, municipalities and other clients through New York's many review and approval processes including the State Environmental Quality Review Act, Brownfield Cleanup Program, and related land use, zoning and municipal issues. The firm also assists clients with recovering environmental cleanup costs in actions against responsible parties and insurers in addition to challenging decision making by local, state and federal agencies.
Knauf Shaw's Energy practice is complemented by its sister company Future Energy Development, LLC, a New York State/City certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) providing grant writing, business support, financial incentive bundling, education, and site development services.
The firm's founding partners Alan J. Knauf and Linda R. Shaw are renowned for their expertise. Mr. Knauf is recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in the fields of Environmental Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Litigation and Land Use and Zoning Law and Super Lawyer in the fields of Environmental Law, Land Use/Zoning Law and Real Estate Law. Ms. Shaw is recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in the fields of Environmental Law and Litigation and Super Lawyer in the fields of Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources. Mr. Knauf and Ms. Shaw are supported by senior associate attorneys Dwight Kanyuck and Amy K. Kendall and associate attorney Arthur L. James, III in addition to other professional staff.