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KATHLEEN M. BENNETT is a partner with Bond, Schoneck & King, PLLC, where she practices in the areas of environmental and property law. She has broad experience in land use matters, including site plan review, special permit review, variances, subdivisions and annexation. Ms. Bennett also has extensive knowledge of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. She has appeared before several municipal boards on behalf of project sponsors on a range of projects from small (residential) to large (institutional). Ms. Bennett also has particular experience in land use and SEQRA litigation. In addition to land use matters, she has worked on matters involving state and federal regulatory compliance issues, particularly in the areas of wetlands, historic preservation, storm water, petroleum bulk storage, solid and hazardous waste disposal, environmental remediation, environmental aspects of real property and business transactions, and environmental litigation matters. Ms. Bennett also has experience in property tax assessment challenges and litigation. She earned her A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Colgate University; and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
ROBERT GERMAIN is a partner at Germain & Germain, LLP in Syracuse, New York. His concentrated areas of practice are municipal law, real estate development and finance, and zoning. The firm has represented the town of Clay for almost 20 years, the village of East Syracuse for more than 12 years, and the town of Cicero for several years. In addition to service as town/village attorney in these jurisdictions, they also perform periodic contractual services for the village of North Syracuse, the Baldwinsville School District and the town of Cazenovia. Mr. Germain is admitted to the New York and Florida Bars. He earned his J.D. degree from Syracuse University.
KEVIN C. MURPHY is an attorney with Wladis Law Firm, where he regularly counsels and represents clients on environmental compliance, cost recovery and enforcement matters, government regulatory matters, business and commercial disputes, constitutional claims, and property ownership and use rights. Mr. Murphy has a wealth of experience resolving both simple and complex non-litigation environmental and regulatory issues involving permitting; regulatory compliance; site remediation; due diligence, audits and internal investigations; the sale, acquisition and development of environmentally impacted properties or businesses; the intricacies of Brownfield programs and property transfer laws; and the resolution of federal listing and debarment matters. He is a former senior trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice; his litigation practice focuses on administrative, civil and criminal environmental matters; the resolution of business and commercial disputes; and the defense of government investigations and enforcement actions. Mr. Murphy is a member of the New York State Bar Association; and is admitted to practice in the State of New York and Connecticut. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School.
BRODY D. SMITH is an attorney with the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. Mr. Brody has broad experience in many aspects of environmental law, including litigation, administrative proceedings and regulatory compliance. He has also handled over two hundred separate eminent domain matters in connection with the construction of underground gas pipelines, overhead electric lines, and telephone lines. Mr. Brody has extensive experience appearing before town boards, planning boards and zoning boards across New York State, as well as the Environmental Control Board in New York City. His clients have included automobile manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, utilities, natural gas providers, mining companies, national retail chains, universities, and developers. He also represents local businesses and municipalities. He received his B.A. degree from San Diego State University and his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School.
JAMES E. SPARKES is the managing member of The Sparkes Law Group, an entity that he formed in 2012 after 30+ years of law practice with prominent upstate New York law firms. Mr. Sparkes concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, business/corporate, and health law. His extensive experience in commercial real estate includes property acquisition and sale, the regulation of land use and development, environmental issues, state and local permitting and licensing (including alcoholic beverage licensing), and commercial real estate leasing for both property owner and tenant clients. He is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association Panel of Arbitrators; has served on the commercial arbitration panel of the American Arbitration Association; and currently serves as a member of the Upstate Medical University President’s Council, director of the SUNY Association of College Trustees and Council. Mr. Sparkes earned his B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross; his M.A. degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law.
JOSHUA S. WERBECK is a member with Bousquet Holstein PLLC, where he practices in the areas of real estate, municipal, employment, and business law. In real estate and land use matters, he has experience assisting clients with zoning, planning, environmental, and other land use regulations. Mr. Werbeck is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Siena College; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.