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George C.D. Duke

Partner

Overview

George Duke helps businesses navigate complex environmental and land use laws and regulations across a variety of transactions and projects. As a former project manager and hydrogeologist for a national environmental consulting firm, George understands the technical and scientific basis behind environmental legal determinations and provides his clients with informed and creative solutions.

George regularly guides clients through some of the Region’s most unique and administratively complicated land development and permitting projects, brownfield redevelopment projects, corporate and real property transactions, and mine expansions. He also counsels businesses and property owners on matters of site acquisition and due diligence, construction and related project development agreements, project financing, and tax mitigation and development incentives.

In addition, George handles environmental enforcement actions pertaining to petroleum and chemical bulk storage facilities, wetlands and various commercial and industrial facilities. He has counseled clients on scores of brownfield redevelopment projects and commercial transactions involving environmentally distressed properties.

Prior to entering private practice, George was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s World Trade Center Unit, representing the City of New York in toxic tort claims arising from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He also litigated environmental claims for the City Law Department’s Environmental Division.

During law school, George gained valuable experience in the Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Defense Section. He also participated in Pace Law School’s Environmental Litigation Clinic where he represented citizen groups in environmental and land use matters.

George is the author of several articles on the development of Liquified Natural Gas in New York State, brownfield redevelopment and site remediation. He lectures frequently on environmental topics, including site remediation, brownfield redevelopment, the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA/Superfund), the Build Act, Opportunity Zones, and professional responsibility in environmental law.

George currently serves on the Board of the New York City Brownfield Partnership and as an active participant on several professional committees, organizations and Boards.

In addition to his participation in legal associations, George assisted in founding the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he previously sat on HoLa’s Board of Trustees as its Vice President and legal chair.

Activities

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • New York City Brownfield Partnership, Member of the Board of Directors, Chair Legislative and Policy Committee and Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee
  • (Former) Trustee, Vice President, The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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Education

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (J.D., 2002)

Montclair State University (M.S., Geology/Hydrogeology, 1997)

Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., Geology, 1993)

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