Charlotte A. Biblow brings a breadth of knowledge to environmental, land use, municipal and commercial litigation matters few environmental lawyers can match. Her scientific background and legal acumen benefit corporations, individuals and financial institutions in business transactions involving environmental due diligence, audits and environmental regulations. Charlotte also counsels real estate developers, business owners and municipal governments about land use and environmental/SEQRA issues. Additionally, she advises clients on environmental permitting, regulatory compliance and investigation and the remediation of environmentally impacted properties, such as brownfields sites, Superfund sites and petroleum contamination sites. An experienced negotiator, she has served as lead trial counsel in jury and nonjury trials in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Charlotte frequently publishes and presents programs on the impact of environmental issues on real estate and land use matters.
Environmental law can be a sensitive subject for many of your clients. Can you tell us about one of your more notable cases?
We represented Suffolk County in its efforts to defeat the Broadwater Project. Broadwater Energy wanted to put a liquefied natural gas terminal in the middle of Long Island Sound between New York and Connecticut. It was a very hotly contested project. We were hired by the county to fight the approval of the project, and we prevailed. It was a victory for the county.
“Success is a process of working with clients, evaluating their issues and devising and implementing plans to achieve their goals.”
How does your experience help you achieve such successes for your clients?
The firm has deep experience – both scientific and legal. I have a Master of Science in environmental health science and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Before practicing law, I was a doctoral student at Rutgers University in the Department of Environmental Sciences. My colleagues also have strong technical backgrounds that include degrees in the sciences, environmental science and land use planning. What also helps our clients is that the firm is multifaceted. If someone in the real estate department has an environmental issue, they come to me. If I have a real estate issue, I go to my real estate colleagues. There’s a lot of interaction and depth within our firm.
In addition to your extensive work in the environmental sector, you are also on a number of community organization boards. Tell us about your work with these not-for-profit organizations.
I’m a member of two boards at the moment, and I tend to be a very active board member. I’m an officer and president of the board of Sustainable Long Island, which is an organization devoted to community revitalization and brownfields redevelopment. I’m also an officer and board member of the Queensborough Community College Fund, which is a not-for-profit allied with Queensborough Community College. We raise funds for student scholarships. It’s amazing how a small amount of money can help a student stay in college and make a world of difference to him or her. Many of them go on to four-year colleges and beyond.
Why is community service so important at Farrell Fritz?
At Farrell Fritz, we have a commitment to the community. We have a very successful firm in large part because the community comes to us, they trust us with legal matters, and we believe in giving back to that community. We also believe that if we get involved in not-for-profits and on boards, we’re going to make real differences. We become active on boards, and we help with the good works they do. It’s just a part of our culture here.