James Periconi, Mediators + More

James Periconi

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JAMES PERICONI’s practice at Periconi, LLC, which he founded ten years ago, in 2003, focuses almost equally on commercial property transaction counseling, environmental litigation and regulatory matters. His developer and property-owning clients prize the creative, innovative ways he brings even difficult deals to a successful conclusion. Mr. Periconi has twice been appointed a federal court Special Master in Clean Water Act cases and has acted as an expert witness in environmental law in several federal and state actions. mostly recently in a $40 million environmental insurance recovery case.

From 1987 through 1989, Mr. Periconi served as Chief of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Enforcement Bureau of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. During his tenure there, he oversaw the nation's largest and most complex state Superfund program. From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Periconi was an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Department of Law where, among other matters, he prosecuted the first hazardous waste felony jury trial to corporate and individual convictions in New York and sued the United States Environmental Protection Agency in one of the earliest "acid rain" cases. I-Ie served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorneys Office from 1977 to 1980.

He is proud to have been counsel, when he first left government practice, to Berle, Kass & Case, then the nation’s premier environmental law boutique, and he thereafter headed or co-headed the environmental practice at several major New York City firms before beginning Periconi, LLC. Martindale AV-rated for more than 15 years, Mr. Periconi was named to Who’s Who in International Lawyers” in the Environmental Law section for 2009-2010,2011-2012. Mr. Periconi was admitted to the ranks of New York City Metro Area Superlawyers in environmental law in 2010, and has remained on that list through this year. He is admitted to practice in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits, as well as all federal district courts in New York. Mr. Periconi served for many years on the Board of Advisors of BNA’s Toxic Law Reporter.

Mr. Periconi was elected by his peers Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association in 2003-2004. He is the author of “Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions,” 3 Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal pp. 40-64 (Winter 2008), among other articles. A frequent Continuing Legal Education lecturer on environmental law topics, especially on environmental due diligence in commercial real estate transactions, he is a primary co-author of Environmental Law and Regulation in New York (West, 1996), a part of West’s award-winning New York Practice series.

Bronx-born, Mr. Periconi is a (nearly) life-long New Yorker, a graduate of Regis High School and Columbia University (B.A., 1970). In 1972, as a Danforth Graduate Fellow, he received an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1977.