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Appellate Division reverses Supreme Court decision, and allows Monticello Hills wind farm project to proceed in Otsego County NY

On May 21, 2015, the Appellate Division, Third Department issued a Decision in Frigault v. Town of Richfield Planning Board, ___ NYS3d ___, 2015 WL… Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – May 2015

DEC revises general permit for discharges to groundwater; EPA proposes to ban discharge of fracking wastewater to POTWs … Read More

MBC Meeting on May 1, 2015

Please join us for our next meeting of the Matrimonial Breakfast Club where the topic will be “Trial Tips: Evidentiary Issues” with Gerald Leary, Esq. of… Read More

EBC Meeting on May 1, 2015

Please join us for our next meeting of the Environmental Breakfast Club where the topic will be “Trends and Advances in Vapor Intrusion Investigation and… Read More

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Environmental Compliance and Permitting

In an ever-changing environmental regulatory landscape, Young/Sommer LLC helps ensure its clients successfully meet their day-to-day environmental compliance and permitting needs.

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Young/Sommer LLC is a recognized leader in environmental and energy law in New York. Our attorneys’ decades of experience in private practice and State government allow us to understand the challenges facing small businesses, municipalities, large corporations and individuals. Our knowledge and skill in environmental law puts us at the forefront of our field, ensuring that we deliver the best and most cost-effective advice.

Young/Sommer has been ranked for eleven consecutive years among the top ten New York State environmental law firms by Chambers USA, for the leading lawyers for businesses.  Dean Sommer and Kevin Young have been consistently listed as top New York State environmental lawyers in the Chambers review and Mr. Sommer is listed among the top four “Leading Individuals” in environmental law.

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“Prescriptive Easements” Serve Different Purposes

By Michael J. Moore – Two recent trial victories by Young/Sommer attorneys illustrate the practical utility of “prescriptive easements.”  But first, here is a short primer on this type of… Read More


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J. Michael NaughtonJ. Michael Naughton

J. Michael Naughton is a partner in the firm, and has practiced as a litigator for over 25 years. He began his career in New York City and moved to Albany in 1987. Mr. Naughton was a partner at the law firm of Shanley, Sweeney Reilly & Allen, P.C. before joining Young/Sommer LLC in 2005. … Read More