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Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Environmental and Land Use Attorney
  • Environmental Law, Municipal Law, Energy, Oil & Gas Law...
  • Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Vermont
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Ken concentrates his practice in the area of environmental, land use, energy and agricultural law as a member of The Zoghlin Group. He represents clients in litigation involving regulatory violations, property damage, toxic torts and contaminated property. He also assists clients in navigating a number of federal, state and local environmental and land use regulations, including the CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), NEPA, SEQR programs as well as brownfield redevelopment, local zoning and agricultural issues involving the USDA's NRCS and FSA. Ken also represents municipal, private and public interest group clients in the administrative process for siting large power plants under Article 10 of the NY Public Service Law.

Prior to joining The Zoghlin Group, Ken was Of Counsel to The Session Law Firm and ran a solo practice in Kansas City, MO where he focused on environmental and land use issues including litigation, due diligence associated with commercial real estate transactions, and regulatory compliance and enforcement defense. Ken has represented clients involved in litigation with the EPA as well as state environmental agencies, including representing Potentially Responsible Parties involved in CERCLA matters, clients involved with the CWA, the CAA, RCRA and other federal and state programs. Ken also assisted clients to comply with federal and state environmental laws and regulations, redevelop brownfield properties, navigate local zoning and land use matters, and recover damages for timber trespass.

Ken also worked as an environmental enforcement attorney for the State of Vermont for a number of years where he prosecuted environmental and land use violations, and advised state officials on land use, water quality and other environmental matters. Ken brings years of experience as a criminal prosecutor where he has tried dozens of cases. Ken’s extensive background in litigation offers clients significant courtroom experience.

Vermont Law School
J.D. (2001) | Environmental Law
Vermont Law School
Master of Studies in Environmental Law (2001)
Vassar College
B.A. (1998)
Professional Experience
Of Counsel
The Zoghlin Group, PLLC
- Current
Assistant District Attorney
Ontario County District Attorney's Office
Of Counsel
The Session Law Firm, PC
Managing Attorney
K M Smith Law Firm, LLC
Associate General Counsel
Vermont Natural Resources Board
Assistant District Attorney
Kennebec County District Attorney's Office
Articles & Publications
The Clean Water Act Permit Shield: Expanding, Shrinking, or Both?
American Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Hydraulic Fracturing - Drilling into the Legal Issues, Corporate House Counsel Institute, Kansas City
Corporate House Counsel Institute
Act 250 Issues for Fair Grounds, The Vermont Agricultural Fairs Association - Annual meeting, Vermont
Vermont Agricultural Fairs Association
Professional Associations
Monroe County Bar Association
Member, Environmental Law Committee
- Current
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Co-Chair, Environment and Energy Law Committee
Missouri State Bar # 64377
Member, Environmental & Energy Law Committee
Activities: Section Chair, 2014-2015
American Bar Association
Member, Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Agricultural Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Real Estate Due Dilligence
  • Wetlands
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
The Zoghlin Group, PLLC
300 State Street, Suite 502
Rochester, NY 14614
Telephone: (585) 434-0799
Cell: (802) 793-3393
Fax: (585) 563-7432