Law Firm in Albany, NY
Dean S. Sommer (Partner) concentrates on the litigation and/or negotiation of environmental and toxic tort matters addressing the release of hazardous substances, hazardous waste, petroleum and solid waste into the environment. ChambersUSA, in its 2004 Guide, stated that Mr. Sommer is a noted litigator whose expertise is on show in Superfund, RCRA and CWA issues. In 2005 ChambersUSA noted that the 1st name on the lips of commentators was that of 'innovative' Dean Sommer, who stands out for his 'totally refreshing approach'
read moreIn an ever-changing environmental regulatory landscape, Young/Sommer LLC helps ensure its clients successfully meet their day-to-day environmental compliance and permitting needs. Young/Sommer LLC is a recognized leader in environmental and energy law in New York. Our attorneys' decades of experience in private practice and State government allow us to understand the challenges facing small businesses, municipalities, large corporations and individuals. Our knowledge and skill in environmental law puts us at the forefront of our field, ensuring that we deliver the best and most cost-effective advice.
read moreYoung/Sommer LLC was founded in 1999 as the merger of two smaller Albany, New York firms with complementary legal practices in the general area of environmental law and zoning and land use planning and development: Young & Ritzenberg (established in 1992) and Ward, Sommer & Moore (established in 1995). Today, we are a medium sized law firm of 23 attorneys, with additional attorneys as "of counsel." Young/Sommer LLC is unique among area law firms in that we are a "boutique" law firm concentrating in environmental/municipal law.
read moreYoung/Sommer advocates vigorously for its clients whenever necessary. The firm has a successful track record representing our clients in a broad range of administrative, civil, and criminal matters, appearing before federal and state courts and a host of administrative agencies. We also regularly represent clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings. In all cases, our goal is help clients achieve their goals while taking the cost of litigation into account. Young/Sommer has commenced dozens of Article 78 proceedings challenging government actions relating to zoning, environmental permitting, SEQRA, and other matters.