UNIONDALE, NY - May 26 - Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker is pleased to announce that Miriam E. Villani, a highly accomplished and respected attorney in the field of environmental law, has been selected as a member of the 2011 class of Long Island's Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, which recognizes the significant contributions of women professionals to the region's economy and communities. Ms. Villani and the 49 other influential women were honored at a special awards gala on May 19, 2011, at The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.
Ms. Villani, a resident of Merrick, is a leading environmental lawyer who has made the education and professional development of fellow environmental lawyers one of her top priorities. She is also a tireless champion of the importance of dealing with the threats to the environment, both locally and globally.
She is Editor-in-Chief of The New York Environmental Lawyer, a quarterly journal published by the New York State Bar Association. The journal features substantive articles on developing issues in environmental law, and columns covering ethics issues, EPA and DEC updates, as well as recent administrative and judicial case updates.
In 2005, Ms. Villani was appointed to serve as Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Section brings together members of the Association who seek to further an effective and fair legal framework for protecting the human and natural environment. The Section is dedicated to educating members of the bar and the public about environmental law, policy, and administration and it initiates and promotes environmental law reform. In addition to the New York State Bar Association, she is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association.
Ms. Villani has been published in several legal journals and books, and regularly teaches and speaks on environmental issues and the law. Currently, Ms. Villani is co-authoring a chapter on the law pertaining to hazardous waste management for the definitive treatise on environmental law in New York State, Environmental Law and Regulation in New York (West's New York Practice Series). She has contributed to the chapter on pesticides and herbicides in previous editions.
She has been honored by her alma mater, St. John's University School of Law, for her achievements in the field of environmental law. Ms. Villani is a former co-chair of the Environmental Law Alumni Committee of St. John's School of Law Alumni Association.
As a partner with Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, Ms. Villani's practice focuses on all aspects of environmental law, including litigation, transactional matters, permitting, and regulatory and compliance proceedings. She represents and advises developers, corporations, municipalities, buyers, sellers, and lenders in transactions involving brownfields and other contaminated properties. She also represents clients in environmental litigation in both federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Ms. Villani's extensive experience with and knowledge of environmental law includes the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, the New York State Navigation Law, the Wetlands Acts, RCRA, TSCA, and CERCLA.
Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC is a full service law firm concentrating in the areas of zoning and land use planning; real estate law and transactions; civil litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts; corporate/business law and commercial transactions; telecommunications law; environmental law; municipal law and legislative practice; labor and employment; real estate tax certiorari and condemnation; and estate planning and administration. Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker is located at 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Suite 601, Uniondale, New York (516-228-1300), and online at www.swcblaw.com.