T.J. Ruane is an associate in the Environmental Group. TJ focuses his practice in counseling both U.S. and international clients on a broad range of environmental issues in connection with corporate, real estate, and financing transactions. TJ brings in-depth experience on a wide array of complex environmental matters including environmental litigation, regulatory compliance and enforcement defense, including counseling clients through criminal and civil environmental investigations. TJ’s experience also includes project development, land use, and environmental permitting.
TJ also has experience representing public utility authorities and municipalities. TJ has represented and counseled several municipalities in bringing lawsuits against some of the nation’s largest lenders and mortgage loan servicers under New York’s Zombie Property Law. With TJ’s assistance, these municipalities successfully obtained court orders assessing over a million dollars in civil fines and, in addition, orders to remediate non-compliance with the subject vacant and abandoned properties.
Prior to his legal career, TJ worked as an Energy Analyst for TRC Companies, Inc. During his time in this role, TJ worked in conjunction with New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) to develop and implement a federal and state funding and grant program for energy efficiency and renewable energy project. TJ also served as the main point of contact for all New York City and Long Island projects managing oversight and monitoring compliance with state and federal regulations.