Michael J. Moore

Senior Counsel

phone (518) 441-4554
fax (518) 438-9914


Representative Matters

Michael J. Moore

Michael J. Moore has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court environmental disputes, as well as administrative hearings before State and local agencies. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation and appellate practice, including appearances before the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. His practice now includes extensive work in zoning, real property law (specializing in boundary, right of way and land title disputes); floodplain development and representing developers, municipal zoning and planning boards and landowners in all aspects of land use and development. Mr. Moore has been the lead attorney in cases under CERCLA, SEQRA, and New York Public Service Law Article X (power plant siting). Mr. Moore is counsel to the Town of Bethlehem zoning Board of Appeals and the Village of Altamont. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Albany Law School.

Bar Admissions

New York, 1978
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1978
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1988


Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, 1977

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA, 1973
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Major: Government and International Studies

Professional Associations and Memberships

Parish of Mater Christi, Albany, NY
Eucharistic Minister and Volunteer Activities

Albany County Democratic Committee, 1999 – Present

Notre Dame Club of Northeastern New York
Vice President

Past Employment Positions

Ward, Sommer & Moore, LLC, Partner, 1995 – 1999
New York State Department of Law, Assistant Attorney General, 1981 – 1995
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Attorney, 1978 – 1981

Legal Assistant Information

Donna LaForest, 518-438-9907 x. 242

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

Avramis v Sarachan, 97 AD3d 874 (3d Dept. 2012)

Young/Sommer won an appeal for the City of Ithaca (Tompkins County) in a zoning dispute over the proposed expansion of a parking lot at a… 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

Bozzetti v. Pohlmann, 94 AD3d 1201 (3d Dept 2012)

The firm prevailed for Plaintiffs in a land boundary and title dispute involving property of three different parties in rural Greene County, New York.  Following… Read More

In the Matter of the Application of Ticonderoga Property Development LLC, APA Order Granting Variance, 2005-261V, October 18, 2006

The firm represented Ticonderoga Property Development LLC in its application in the Adirondack Park for a variance from Appendix Q3 standards regarding sign regulations. TPD… Read More

Smith and Clark v Town of Centervillle, et al.; Sup Ct, Allegany County, Index No. 42105

In a case involving two towns in adjoining counties and three private parties, the firm protected the property interests of a client living at the… Read More