Phillips Lytle LLP Recognized For Excellence In Environmental Law

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 16:14

Phillips Lytle LLP has been included in Chambers USA 2014: America’'s Leading Lawyers for Business for outstanding expertise in Environmental Law. This is the sixth consecutive year the firm’'s Environmental Practice Group has been cited for excellence.

Three partners in the environmental group, David P. Flynn, Morgan G. Graham and Kevin M. Hogan were cited for exemplary individual work.

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the U.S. and worldwide. It is also widely used by firms in all states for referral purposes. 

Phillips Lytle's environmental group offers expertise on regulatory matters as well as litigation, brownfield redevelopments, renewable energy projects and enforcement proceedings for a diverse client base.

Mr. Flynn is the Practice team leader for the firm'’s Energy, Marcellus Shale and Nanotechnology practice teams. His practice is concentrated in the areas of environmental law and energy. With respect to environmental law, Mr. Flynn concentrates on regulatory compliance consultations and brownfield redevelopment. He has written extensively on environmental topics including environmental issues related to nanotechnology development. He was involved in the first successful conversion of a former industrial brownfield into a modern manufacturing facility in New York State. In addition, Mr. Flynn advises clients on business development issues and the regulation of energy before state and federal authorities. He also advises clients on the development and siting of renewable energy, merchant power generating facilities, and licensing of hydropower projects.


Mr. Graham concentrates his practice in environmental law, energy and land use, including telecommunications. With a knowledge of all major federal and New York environmental laws, he counsels on environmental compliance, regulations, litigation, natural resources, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental due diligence with respect to real property use, redevelopment and other commercial transactions.

Mr. Graham also focuses on brownfield redevelopment and related project development, Great Lakes Basin regulations, as well as defense of government civil and criminal enforcement of environmental laws. With respect to telecommunications, Mr. Graham handles matters related to construction, modification and operation of cell tower and other communications facilities, including zoning and land use permitting, administrative proceedings and litigation. He was the firm'’s managing partner from 2001-2007. He has been recognized as a Leading Individual for Environmental Excellence in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the past five years. He is also listed as a Lawyer of the Year in The Best Lawyers in America®, Upstate New York Super Lawyers® and 2013 Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal. 

Mr. Hogan, former Trial Department administrator and current Environment Practice team leader, concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property and litigation. An effective and efficient legal advisor, he counsels clients on environmental compliance at both the state and federal levels, with respect to investigations and enforcement proceedings by state and federal agencies, and on environmental issues arising in corporate and commercial transactions.

An experienced litigator with a track record of successfully resolving disputes, Mr. Hogan defends clients in environmental cost recovery claims, toxic exposure lawsuits, and engineering and professional malpractice claims. He also represents clients in disputes involving patents, licenses, trademarks and other intellectual property. Mr. Hogan is a skilled negotiator who also serves as a court-designated mediator in the Western District of New York.

In the Chambers citing, Mr. Hogan was described by clients as being “very meticulous” and “advocates very effectively because he understands the underlying environmental issues.” He has been recognized as a Leading Individual for Environmental Excellence in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for the past two years, is listed as a Lawyer of the Year in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 and listed in Upstate New York Super Lawyers®. Mr. Hogan received his BS in Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering from University of Connecticut and his JD, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School.