Stanley N. Alpert
Stanley N. Alpert, former Chief of Environmental Litigation for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, joined the Firm in April 2013 as Of Counsel.
Mr. Alpert received a B.S. in Economics from SUNY Binghamton in 1981 (with Outstanding Academic Performance and Phi Beta Kappa), and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 (cum laude), where he was on the Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. Alpert clerked for the Honorable Edward B. Davis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 1984-85 and he was a commercial and real estate litigation associate at Kaye Scholer LLP from 1986 -1990.
He then served for 13 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he had many civil trials and appeals involving contract, tort, employment and environmental matters. As Chief of Environmental Litigation, he litigated civil enforcement and defense actions as well as criminal prosecutions. As an AUSA, Mr. Alpert received many awards, including the Henry L. Stimson Medal for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, awarded by the Association of the Bar for the City of New York. He twice received the Justice Department's Director's Award for Superior Performance.
After the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Alpert served as Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel in a federal multi-district litigation involving groundwater contamination and was a litigator at Constantine Cannon LLP from 2008-2013.
Often serving as lead counsel at trial and on appeal, Mr. Alpert practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, investigations, arbitration, environmental and land use law. Recent representations include:
- Success at trial defending a developer against a real estate contract claim;
- settling a land use and environmental impact dispute involving hundreds of acres;
- representing a bank in a government investigation;
- assisting a green economy company in commercial, government and litigation matters;
- untangling a protein bars company M & A and employment dispute with cross-lawsuits litigated in New York and San Diego; and
- representing a logistics company in an international arbitration over the delivery of foodstuffs to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, results included:
- obtaining a record-setting $11.2 million consent decree against ExxonMobil arising from hazardous waste violations on Staten Island. United States v. Mobil Oil Company, CV-96-1432 (E.D.N.Y.);
- obtaining rescission after a bench trial of a $14.7 million real estate contract by which the Postal Service had purchased a property containing hazardous wastes in Maspeth, Queens. United States Postal Service v. Phelps Dodge, 950 F. Supp. 504 (E.D.N.Y. 1997); and
- successfully defending challenges to large government construction and development projects at preliminary injunction hearings and subsequent Circuit appeals.
Mr. Alpert was named by Law & Politics as a New York Super Lawyer in environmental and business litigation for 2007 through 2012. Mr. Alpert is a frequent speaker on litigation and environmental issues. He lectures on green building and carbon regulation, both at live and online Continuing Legal Education courses and at conferences such as WalMart's in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is Co-Chair of the Toxic Torts Committee, Environmental Law Section, New York State Bar Association and he is a LEED-certified Green Associate. Mr. Alpert is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching hazardous wastes at Pace University Law School.
Areas of Practice
Real Estate Litigation
Environmental and Land Use Law
New York, 1985
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1987
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1990
University of Pennsylvania Law School 1984, J.D. cum laude; Law Review; Legal Writing Instructor; published Comment, NEPA's Role in Protecting the World Environment, 131 U. Pa. L. Rev. 353
Binghamton University (SUNY) 1981, B.S. in Economics, with Outstanding Academic Performance, and Phi Beta Kappa
Past Employment Positions
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Honorable Edward B. Davis, Law Clerk, 1984-85
Kaye Scholer LLP, Associate, 1986-90
United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York, Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1990-2003; Chief, Environmental Litigation, 1995-2003
Weitz & Luxenberg, Head, Environmental Unit, 2003-05
The Alpert Firm, Principal, 2005-08
Constantine Cannon LLP, Of Counsel/Partner, 2008-13