Young/Sommer LLC Continues Ranking as Top-Tier Law Firm in Chambers USA Guide

Posted on September 18, 2023

Young/Sommer LLC is excited to announce that it has again been named to the 2023 Best Lawyers and Law Firms Chambers USA Guide as one of the top-tier law firms within New York State in environmental and energy law. Young/Sommer is also noted as one of the top-tier law firms within Upstate New York. This marks the twentieth consecutive year the law firm has been honored by Chambers USA.

Young/Sommer LLC, comprised of 24 attorneys with extensive experience in environmental law, renewable energy, land use, real estate, litigation, and commercial transactions, is noted by Chambers as being “known for its full environmental capabilities.”  Young/Sommer LLC is also noted as having a “particular strength in wind energy and other renewables” and as having “really good environmental litigators.”

In addition to recognizing the Firm’s excellence in the areas noted above, three individual partners were specifically recognized by Chambers for their high qualification in their fields. Renewable Energy Practice Area Leader and Partner Jim Muscato was individually recognized for his work in renewable energy and ranked as a top environmental lawyer in New York: Upstate.  Jim was noted as having “a strong knowledge of permits”.

Additionally, founding partners Kevin Young and Dean Sommer were again each individually recognized as top environmental lawyers in New York State. Kevin was noted as having experience “for his environmental compliance advice” and knowledge “of all major statutes regulating air, water and waste.”  Kevin was further noted for being able to cover “the full spectrum of federal and state environmental statutes, with a focus on litigation and agency proceedings.” Dean was noted for being “an esteemed practitioner sought after for his advice on hazardous waste and brownfield development matters” and as being “top-notch”.

Regarding the Firm’s accomplishment and recognition by Chambers, Young/Sommer’s Managing Partner Rob Panasci said: “Our goal is to solve the client’s problem; that goal is reflected in the trust our clients have in our work. Our team is committed to providing effective, high-quality work at affordable legal rates. We’re proud of the recognition received by Jim, Kevin, and Dean as leaders of their fields.”

The Chambers USA Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the United States. An experienced team of Chambers USA researchers and legal experts participate in the ranking process. Results are based on in-depth confidential interviews with clients and lawyers and quotes are obtained from clients with knowledge of the Firm’s work.

“Our firm is focused on one mission – solving our clients’ problems as quickly and cost-effectively as possible,” said Jim Muscato. “We continue to seek attorneys who share that objective.”  Young/Sommer LLC’s renewable energy practice proudly announces that it has now permitted over 3 GW of permits.

Chambers & Partners Ltd, an international firm that produces directories of top lawyers in 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary, publishes Chambers USA. Information on Chambers and Partners can be found at

About Young/Sommer LLC

Founded in 1999, Young/Sommer LLC is a full service law firm concentrating in Environmental, Energy, Wind, Solar and Hydro Development Municipal, Land Use, Telecommunications, Commercial Litigation, Brownfield Redevelopment and Superfund. With offices in Albany, the Young/Sommer legal team provides legal services throughout New York State. Additional information can be found at