John H. Paul's practice focuses on environmental and energy law, and environmental quality review of project proposals.
His environmental practice focuses on regulatory compliance, permitting, and administrative law, as well as counseling clients on energy, takings, environmental quality review, and land use matters. John has helped obtain, modify and renew permits under state and local programs governing energy facility siting, air, stormwater, solid waste, and wetlands development. John’s compliance counseling addresses the handling, transport, and disposal of hazardous materials, as well as compliance with air, water, and solid waste permits. He has advised a wide range of clients on site contamination, remediation, and brownfields development matters. He also drafts and negotiates a wide range of contracts related to asset and property acquisitions, environmental services, construction, and cleanup cost allocation matters.
His litigation experience includes representing private, municipal, and corporate clients in regulatory enforcement proceedings, claims under state and federal environmental statutes, commercial disputes, and state statutory and common law. His litigation experience also addresses groundwater contamination and associated claims of property damage and lost profits on property development. John is experienced in hazardous waste cost-recovery and contribution actions and with litigation under New York's Oil Spill and Environmental Quality Review Acts, including litigation concerning land use approvals.
While at Pace University School of Law, John was awarded the White Plains Bar Association's Environmental Law Scholar Award. He served as Managing Editor of the Pace Environmental Law Review for 2002-2003. While in law school, John worked in Pace's Environmental Litigation Clinic, representing numerous non-profit organizations in state and federal environmental litigation under the Clean Water Act and New York's Environmental Quality Review Act. John also worked for a major pharmaceutical firm’s legal Environment, Health, & Safety group while in law school.
Before entering law school, John served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova, where he was an Associate Professor of English at the Moldovan state university.
John was selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers from 2016-2017.