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Superfund sites. Brownfields. Petroleum spills. Toxic tort actions. These are some of the most difficult issues in environmental law today. As chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, and a partner in the Municipal and Litigation Practice Groups, George has handled all of these—and more.

George has handled Superfund and petroleum spill site matters throughout the northeast, civil and criminal environmental enforcement matters, defense of toxic tort actions claiming personal injury and property damage, cost recovery litigation, municipal and private Brownfields redevelopment, SEQR environmental impact review, landfill permitting, wetlands permitting, land use and rezoning, and litigation of related matters. George’s construction practice includes the representation of owners, contractors and subcontractors in litigation and arbitration of Lien Law claims, delay and extra work claims, and termination and breach of contract claims. In addition, his municipal practice includes serving as municipal counsel and special counsel for environmental and land use matters. 

George's work at the EPA, Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago, focused on Superfund and hazardous waste remediation and cost recovery matters. 

Professional and Community Involvement

George is a member of the Board of Directors of the Upstate New York Chapter of NAIOP, a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and is a former adjunct professor, environmental law, at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He is also a member of the Environmental Law Section and Petroleum Task Force of the New York State Bar Association, and a member and past chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Erie County Bar Association.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

George was named to the 2015-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law.