Kristin Carter Rowe

phone (518) 438-9907 (Ext. 239)
fax (518) 438-9914
Download vCard

Kristin Carter Rowe (Of Counsel) has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial litigator and legal advocate, primarily handling civil defense work. Kristin has served as legal counsel in hundreds of cases, has written more than 600 legal briefs and memoranda, has argued dozens of cases in state and federal court in New York, including the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and has lectured on a variety of legal topics at numerous colleges and seminars.

Kristin has extensive experience managing and strategizing civil litigation matters for a variety of clients, including large and small corporations, municipalities, and individuals. She has had an active leadership role in all aspects of each case, including legal research and writing, discovery, oral arguments, motion practice, settlement negotiations, appeals and trials. Kristin was directly involved in the development of a Commerce Clause case that reached the United States Supreme Court, she achieved a multi-million-dollar verdict in the only plaintiff’s personal injury case she ever pursued, she served as trial counsel in a white-collar criminal jury trial involving complex environmental issues, and she has successfully defended and resolved hundreds of commercial litigation matters, including complex multi-million dollar and multi-party actions. Ms. Rowe’s primary areas of practice are environmental, toxic torts, land use, insurance coverage, and commercial and contract disputes, but she has experience in a wide variety of matters.

Kristin is a graduate of Cornell Law School, where she graduated first in her class with a 3.7 GPA and served as Note Editor for the Cornell Law Review. Kristin was a founding member of Young, Stockli & Rowe, one of the predecessor firms to what has now become Young/Sommer LLC.

Bar Admissions

New York, 1991
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1991
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1992
U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2000, renewed in 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States, 2006


Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1990
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: 1st in Class; Order of the Coif
Honors: Ida Cornell Kerr & William Ogden Kell Memorial Prize – Academic Excellence

Law Review: Cornell Law Review, 1989 – 1990

State University of New York, Albany, New York
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Summa Cum Laude Minor: Mediterranean Archealogy.Anthropology

Published Works

The Most Undeniable Things, Xlibris, 2000
Superfund Amendments: Limiting Individual Review to the Administration Record, Cornell L. Rev., Vol 74, September, 1989

Honors and Awards

Recipient of the Ida Cornell Kerr and William Ogden Kerr Memorial Price for Academic Excellence, 1990
Annual Corpus Juris Secundum Student Award for Legal Scholarship, 1989

Classes/Seminars Taught

Adjunct Professor, Computer Law, RPI, 1997
Lecturer, Environmental Law for Engineers, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1993 – 1997
Focus on Wetlands: A Developers Perspective, Young, Stockli & Rowe, 1995

Past Employment Positions

Young & Rowe, Partner, 1992 – 1998
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Associate, 1990 – 1992

Pro Bono Activities

Lecturer at Siena College’s Bright Horizons Weekend, 1994 – 1997

Legal Assistant Information

Brittany Bardin, 518-438-9907 x. 277