Cornell University - B.A. 1963
University of Pennsylvania - LL.B. 1966
New York University - LL.M 1970
Joel Sachs represents private entities and governmental
agencies in a wide variety of environmental and land use
matters. Mr. Sachs also serves as an adjunct professor
at Pace University School of Law where he has taught
courses on state and municipal environmental law, land
use and construction law.
Mr. Sachs previously clerked for a federal judge in the
Southern District of New York and served as an Assistant
Attorney General of the State of New York and Deputy
Chief of its Environmental Protection Bureau for five
years. Mr. Sachs also served as the former Town Attorney
of the Town of Greenburgh, the largest Town in
Westchester County. He presently serves as Special Land
Use and Environmental Counsel to municipalities in
Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange and
Mr. Sachs is a frequent speaker before bar association
groups on various environmental and land use topics. He
previously served as the Environmental Law Section
Representative to the House of Delegates of the New York
State Bar Association. He is a member of the Executive
Committee of the Real Property Law Section and a past
Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar
Mr. Sachs is admitted to practice in Florida and New
York and before the United States Supreme Court.
New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations;
Federal Bar Council; President, Westchester County Legal
Aid Society; Construction Industry Panel of the American
Arbitration Association; Former Chairman, Committee on
Environmental Protection, National Institute of
Municipal Law Officers.
"Real Estate Titles and Transfers," NYSBA
"Environmental Law Practice - Recent Developments
in CERCLA and Toxic Tort Litigation," NYSBA 2000.
"New York Environmental Law Practical Skills,"
"Administrative Practice Before the NYSDEC,"
"Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate and
Commercial Transactions," NYSBA 1997.
"Emerging Environmental Law Issues," NYSBA
"Wetlands - Federal, State and Local
Regulation," NYSBA 1991.
"Recent Developments in Hazardous Waste Enforcement
and Toxic Tort Law," NYSBA 1989.
"The Impact of Environmental Controls on Real
Estate Development," Practicing Law Institute 1984.
"Environmental Law and Practice," Practicing
Law Institute 1979 and 1980.
"State Environmental Quality Review Compliance: A
Practical Approach at the Local Level," Practicing
Law Institute 1978.
"Drafting Local Laws for Environmental
Protection," 2 Earth Law Journal 167, 1977.