Douglas H. Ward

Senior Counsel

phone (518) 441-4775
fax (518) 438-9914


Representative Matters

Douglas H. Ward

Douglas H. Ward has extensive federal and state civil practice experience at both the trial and appellate levels. As an Assistant Attorney General from 1984 to 1995, he served as either the lead attorney or the supervising attorney in hundreds of environmental cases, including air, water, wetlands regulation and the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Mr. Ward represents the wind energy industry and alternative energy industry on on-shore and off-shore permitting, regulation and siting issues, as well as transmission line siting and interconnection issues. He has assisted renewable energy organizations such as ACE NY in efforts to design and implement policies to facilitate renewable energy development in New York State.

Mr. Ward has represented developers on variance and permit applications regarding subdivision approval, site plan approval, wetlands permitting, and rare and endangered species permitting.

Mr. Ward is a Town Attorney for the Town of Northumberland, representing the Town on contract, zoning and enforcement matters. He has assisted other municipalities on planning, zoning and permitting matters.

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit


Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, 1973, J.D.

Law Review: Albany Law Review, Notes Editor, 1971 – 1973

Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, 1969, B.A.
Major: English

Published Works

Note: An Analysis of Chapter 822 of the New York Laws of 1971 in Light of the Religion Clause of the United State Constitution, 36 Albany Law Review, 369, 1971

Prospects for Safer Communities: Emergency Response, Community Right to Know, and Prevention of Chemical Accidents, 14 Harvard Environmental Law Review, 134, 1990

Beyond Compliance Enforcement, 8 National Environmental Enforcement Journal, 3, 1993

Honors and Awards

Named as The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010 – Present
Listed as Best Lawyer in America (Environmental Law) by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, 2018

Past Employment Positions

Ward, Sommer & Moore, Partner, 1995 – 1999
New York State Department of Law, Section Chief, Environmental Protection Bureau, 1984 – 1995
Herzog, Nichols, Engstrom and Kopolowitz, P.C., Associate Attorney, 1983 – 1984
Helm, Shapiro, Ayers, Anito & Aldrich, Associate Attorney, 1979 – 1983
Saratoga Springs City Attorney’s Office, Assistant City Attorney, 1980 – 1981
Robert J. Kafin, Esq., Associate Attorney, 1977 – 1979
Adirondack Park Agency, Senior Attorney, 1974 – 1977
Richard J. Bartlett, Justice of the Supreme Court, Confidential Law Clerk, 1973 – 1974
Hon. Richard J. Bartlett, Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

Open Space Project, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1993 – Present ACE NY advisor, co-chair of siting committee

Legal Assistant Information

Lisa M. Gorman, 518-438-9907 x. 233

Case 02-E-0362, Flat Rock Wind Power LLC, Order Granting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and Providing for Lightened Regulation (Section 68) (issued June 17, 2004)

Case 04-E-0643, Flat Rock Wind Power LLC, Order Providing for Lightened Regulation (Section 68) (issued December 20, 2004) (Light Regulation Orders)

The firm represented Petitioner in a proceeding at the Public Service Commission seeking a declaratory ruling that the transfer of certain ownership interests should not… Read More

Case 07-E-0343, Marble River, LLC, Order Granting Amendment to Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Section 68) (issued June 21, 2011)

Case 07-E-0462, Horizon Wind Energy LLC, Declaratory Ruling on Review of Transfer Transactions (Section 70) (issued June 26, 2007)

The firm represented Petitioners in a proceeding at the Public Service Commission seeking a Declaratory Ruling with regards to the application of Public Service law… Read More

Case 07-E-0888, Iberdrola Energias Renovables SAU, Declaratory Ruling on Review of an Intra-Corporate and Stock Issuance Transaction (Section 70) (issued September 20, 2007)

The firm represented the Petitioner seeking a declaratory ruling for an intra-corporate and stock issuance transaction. The transaction involved the Petitioner’s obtaining an indirect ownership… Read More

Case 07-E-1343, Marble River, LLC, Order Granting Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and Providing for Lightened Regulation (Section 68) (issued June 19, 2008)

Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County, Inc. v. Town of Allegany Planning Bd., et al., Sup Ct, Cattaraugus County, 2011, Index No. 79455

The firm represented the Respondents in an Article 78 proceeding involving the proposed construction of a 29 unit wind farm. The Plaintiffs’ challenged the Planning… Read More

Town of Henderson Town Bd. v. Town of Hounsfield Planning Bd., et al., Sup Ct, Jefferson County 2010, Index No. 2010-0336

In an Article 78 proceeding, the firm represented the Applicant for a proposed 82 turbine wind farm project in the Town. Petitioner sought to reverse,… Read More

Town of Northumberland, v. Del Signore Blacktop Paving, Inc. , Sup Ct, Saratoga County, Index No. 20084229

The firm represented the Town of Northumberland (the “Town”) in a breach of contract action with important implications for other municipalities in New York who… Read More