Allyson M. Phillips


phone (518) 438-9907 (Ext. 257)
fax (518) 438-9914


Representative Matters

Allyson M. Phillips

Allyson M. Phillips received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fordham University and is a 2006 graduate of Albany Law School. While at Albany Law, Allyson served as Associate Editor for the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology and was a research assistant for the Dean of the Albany Law School Government Law Center, Patricia E. Salkin. Allyson has served as a Legal Intern with the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Real Property Bureau and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Enforcement Division. Allyson has also published research articles focusing on topics such as land-use law in New York, current developments in eminent domain law, ethical considerations for government attorney’s, and disclosure of agency records in the electronic age. Allyson was admitted to New York State Bar in January 2007, and is currently working as a partner for Young/Sommer LLC.

Bar Admissions

New York, 2007
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2007


Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, J.D.
Honors: Albany Law School, Government Law Center Award for Service
Law Journal: Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, Associate Editor, 2005 – 2007

Fordham University, Bronx, New York, B.A.
Political Science Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Interdisciplinary Certificate, Peace and Justice Studies

Lorenzo Di Medici Institute, Florence, Italy
Rennaisance Art/Architecture

Published Works

The Official Map, Zoning Law and Practice Report, Vol. 5 No.6, May/June, 2005

A Portal to Reliable Real Estate Data, or a Door to Nowhere? A Look at How Local Data Dissemination Policies have Impacted the Development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and the Geospatial One-Stop Portal, Real Estate Law Journal, Summer, 2005

The Friends of the Court: The Role of Amicus Curiae in Kelo v. New London, in Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context, American Bar Association, May, 2006

Eliminating Political Maneuvering: A Light in the Tunnel for the Government Attorney-Client Privilege, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 39 No. 3, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member
New York State Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

Ford Marrin Espisito Witmeyer & Gleser, LLC, Paralegal, 2001 – 2003
New York State, Office of the Attorney General; Real Property Bureau, Legal Intern, 2004
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Legal Intern, 2004


Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Sigma Alpha

Legal Assistant Information

Betsy Wykes, 518-438-9907 x. 255

Alexander v. Oakley, 943 NYS2d 291 (3d Dept May 3, 2012)

The firm represented Plaintiffs in a property dispute involving the use of a private right of way on the Alexanders’ land. The Plaintiffs brought the… Read More

Backiel v Murphy, Sup Ct, Warren County, 2015

The firm represented the Backiels, owners of undeveloped lakefront property.  An unpaved driveway, built in the 1970s, connects the Backiel property to a public highway. … Read More

Gellert v. Town of Livingston Planning Board, et al., Sup Ct, Columbia County, 2013

The firm represented Plaintiffs-Petitioners Anthony Gellert and Alexander Gellert in a combined proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR Article 78 and CPLR §3001 seeking relief annulling… Read More

Highview Estates of Orange County, Inc. v Town Bd. of Town of Montgomery, Orange County, 955 NYS2d 175 (2d Dept 2012)

The firm represented Taylor Holdings Group, Ltd/Taylor Biomass Energy in overturning a lower court judgment that annulled several state and local approvals that permit the… Read More

In the Matter of Lori Bergami, et al., v. Town Board Of The Town Of Rotterdam, et al., 97 AD3d 1018 (3d Dept 2012)

The firm represented Plaintiffs Lori Bergami and a group of neighboring property owners in a proceeding challenging the rezoning of property in the Town of… Read More