George E. Pataki, the former Governor of New York, and his chief of staff, John P. Cahill, have joined the New York law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP as counsel in the firm's New York office. Mr. Pataki and Mr. Cahill plan to concentrate on energy, environmental and corporate matters.
Mr. Pataki will continue his involvement in renewable energy and environmental issues, which were hallmarks of his administration; renewables and infrastructure are two of Chadbourne's strengths and a key reason why the governor was attracted to the firm. His initiatives included the protection of over one million acres of open space, the adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the implementation of the nation's first green building tax credit, landmark brownfield legislation and programs to enhance the production and use of alternative energy like biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells and clean coal.
Mr. Pataki served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York, from 1995 through 2006. First elected in 1994, he won re-election in 1998 and 2002.
Mr. Cahill served as Mr. Pataki's secretary and chief of staff from 2002 through 2006. In May 2005, Mr. Cahill took on the role of leading and coordinating the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the recovery of Lower Manhattan. From 1995 to 2001, he was the general counsel and then commissioner of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).