Barry S. Cohen

Barry Cohen - Long Island Environmental Lawyer - Certilman Balin

Barry Cohen is a Partner in our Environmental Law Practice Group. For over thirty-five years, Mr. Cohen has counseled clients in a wide array of environmental matters.  

He devotes a significant portion of his multi-faceted practice to environmental compliance. He represents members of the regulated community in matters commenced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and local environmental and health agencies.  

Mr. Cohen has represented parties in matters involving leaking underground storage tanks, air emissions, industrial discharges, community right-to-know reporting, the management and abatement of asbestos-containing materials, petroleum spills and the handling, storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous chemicals, hazardous waste and pesticides 

Mr. Cohen also represents clients in connection with the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties, the redevelopment of those properties, and litigation commenced under the federal Superfund Law, the New York State Navigation Law, and other federal and state environmental statutes and theories. Another area of Mr. Cohen’s practice involves providing advice and litigating issues that arise under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cohen was a Partner in the Environmental Practice Group of another law firm. He also worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

He earned his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was the President of the Environmental Law Society and the founder and a contributing editor of the Hofstra Environmental Law Digest He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ithaca College. 

Mr. Cohen co-chairs the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. He previously served on the Boards of the Long Island Housing Partnership, Three Village Youth Lacrosse and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservationand also  served on the “Good Earth Gala” committee for Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension. Currently, Mr. Cohen serves on the Board of the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation, and volunteers for Good Shepherd Hospice. 

He also serves on the Board of the Three Village Youth Lacrosse Programhas coached in that program since 1994, and has served as legal counsel to the Stony Brook Yacht Club. 

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Ithaca College, B.A., 1980 

Bar Admission(s)
New York 

Bar Associations
Suffolk County Bar Association 

Environmental Law Society, President
Hofstra Environmental Law Digest, Founder and contributing editor 

Environmental Law Committee, Suffolk County Bar Association, Co-Chair
Long Island Housing Partnership, Board member
Stony Brook Yacht Club, Legal Counsel 

Community Involvement
Riverhead Foundation for Marine research and preservation, Board member
Good Earth Gala Committee, Cornell University Cooperative Extension 
Three Village Youth Lacrosse Program, Board member
Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation, Board Member
Good Shepherd Hospice, Volunteer 

Outside the Office
Coaches lacrosse

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