Young/Sommer LLC Highly Ranked in Chambers USA for Ninth Year in a Row

Posted on July 18, 2012

Two partners in the New York State law firm Young/Sommer LLC have been recognized as leading lawyers for businesses in America by Chambers USA.

Young, Sommer, Ward, Ritzenberg, Baker & Moore LLC is listed as one of the top seven Environmental firms in New York in the Chambers USA directory of the legal profession. It is the ninth consecutive year that Young/Sommer has placed among the top ten New York State Environmental firms in the legal guide. The Chambers USA listing states that Young/Sommer is “noted for its ability to take on complicated environmental litigation, including Superfund cases” and quotes sources as stating that Young/Sommer has “very strong lawyers who do great work” and are “top quality.”

Attorneys Dean Sommer and Kevin Young were recognized in the Chambers USA listing, stating that Dean Sommer “is known as a brownfield expert” and is “a sharply skilled, fast-thinking attorney.”  Kevin Young is noted as “frequently counsel[ing] municipalities on land use and environmental regulations including enforcement matters and environmental audits.”  Mr. Sommer is listed among the top four New York State Environmental Law “Leading Individuals”.   Mr. Sommer and Mr. Young are frequent litigators on Superfund matters and are involved in the redevelopment of brownfield sites.

Chambers USA states that “[t]his Albany-based environment boutique firm is noted for its expertise on brownfield redevelopment projects and wind turbine projects, as well as a range of other environmental regulatory work.”  Young/Sommer is a dedicated environmental practice that attracts a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 institutions to smaller local players.

The Chambers USA rankings are based on in-depth confidential interviews with clients and lawyers, asking participants to rate firms on legal ability and client service.  Chambers USA is published by Chambers and Partners, an international firm that produces directories of top lawyers in 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary.  Information on Chambers and Partners, and all the legal directories they publish, can be found at