Albany-Based Environmental Law Firm Young / Sommer LLC Adds Two New Partners

Posted on July 1, 2011

Young/Sommer LLC is pleased to announce that James A. Muscato II and Robert A. Panasci have been named partners.  Both have been associate attorneys with the firm since 2002.

Panasci practices in the areas of real property, municipal, environmental and special education law. Muscato assists clients in environmental permitting and State Environmental Quality Review Act review, alternative energy projects, pollution cleanup and litigation.

“Rob and Jim share Young/Sommer’s commitment to providing skilled and cost-effective legal advice to our clients,” said Young/Sommer LLC Managing Partner David Brennan.

Panasci represents small and large businesses, as well as individuals in all aspects of real property development and leasing, purchasing and transferring real property.  His municipal law practice includes representation of towns, planning boards and zoning boards of appeals.  He also frequently appears before governmental bodies on behalf of clients seeking required permits, variances and approvals. Panasci lives in East Greenbush.

Muscato represents clients developing environmental projects and obtaining the necessary permits and approvals, which includes extensive appearances before the Department of Environmental Conservation and Public Service Commission.  Recently, Muscato has been involved with the siting and development of wind energy projects throughout New York State.  In addition, Muscato has assisted companies in complying, negotiating and litigating on matters involving hazardous substances, wastes and petroleum issues.  Muscato has provided analysis of complex liability issues and assisted with resolving potential claims under State and federal environmental laws, including the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the State Superfund Law and State Navigation Law.  Muscato’s cases include argument at the federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Muscato resides in Albany.

Both received admission to the New York State Bar in 2002.

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