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John P. Cahill

Sr. Counsel

John P. Cahill

New York

T:+1 212 408 5177

John Cahill’s practice concentrates on energy, environmental and corporate matters. Prior to joining the firm, he served as New York Governor George Pataki’s Secretary and Chief of Staff from 2002 through 2006. In May 2005, Mr. Cahill took on the additional role of leading and coordinating the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the recovery of Lower Manhattan. From 1995 to 2001, he was the general counsel and then commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. At his prior firm, Mr. Cahill's practice focused on environmental and municipal issues.

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  • Education

    1992 - LL.M., Pace University School of Law

    1985 - J.D., Pace University School of Law

    1981 - B.A., Fordham University

  • Admissions
    • New York State Bar License
  • Rankings and recognitions

    John has been recognized by numerous organizations for his public service. Some of his other accolades include:

    • Named one of the top utility lawyers, Public Utilities Fortnightly, 2011
    • Recipient of the Hero Award - honored for his extensive work in preserving the historic heritage of the Hudson Valley, Historic Hudson Valley, November 2005
    • Ellis Island Medal of Honor - presented to US citizens for their outstanding contributions to America, 2004
    • Conservationist of the Year Award - conservation efforts in the Adirondack Park, Adirondack Council, 1999
    • William B. Hoyt award - statewide conservation efforts, National Audubon Society, 2000
  • Publications
    • "Improving Grid Resiliency After Superstorm Sandy," Power Magazine, December 3, 2012
    • "The Time Is Now To Enhance Grid Resiliency," Renew-grid.com, November 14, 2012
    • "Environmental Law," Chief Executive Legal Guide, August 2012
    • "Nuclear Faceoff: Indian Point and the battle for the nation's energy future," Public Utilities Fortnightly, April 2012
    • "On the Cutting Edge of Climate Change Issues," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 2008
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Smart Grid: Vision and Strategy for the Modernization of the Nation’s Electricity Network," New York, NY, April 22, 2009
    • "Effective Waste Management and Recycling and Use of Innovative Technologies," St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, Wednesday, April 1, 2009
    • "Green Business Summit II - Assessing the Risks and Opportunities in Renewable Energy in the New Economic Climate," New York, NY, October 17, 2008
    • "NYSBA International Law and Practice Section Seasonal Meeting," Stockholm, Sweden, September 18, 2008
    • "Green Business Summit," New York, NY, June 18, 2008
    • "Reception for Gov. George Pataki and John Cahill," New York, NY, November 14, 2007
    • "Environmental Law in New York State: The Past as Prologue to the Future," Pace Law School Lecture, White Plains, NY, October 19, 2007
    • "Chadbourne Coal-to-Liquids Conference," New York, NY, October 9, 2007
    • "Brazil-United States Conference on Biofuels," Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 16-19, 2007
    • Moderator, "Climate Change: A Roundtable Discussion," The National Law Journal; The New York Law Journal, October 2, 2007
  • Memberships and activities

    • Member, New York State Bar Association (Environmental Law Section)
    • Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission (Second Department)
    • Board member, World Trade Center Memorial Foundation