Diana E. Neeves

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Diana Neeves, a member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group, focuses her practice on environmental, energy, telecommunications, and utilities law.

    Litigation

    Ms. Neeves handles litigation related to environmental and land use matters. She represents clients in disputes brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and handles litigation involving asbestos contamination and exposure. Ms. Neeves’ litigation experience involves federal and state environmental enforcement actions and lawsuits between private parties.

    Ms. Neeves also helps defend municipalities nationwide in cases involving the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), and she regularly writes for the firm’s blog on the topic, RLUIPA Defense (www.rluipa-defense.com).

    Environment and Energy

    Ms. Neeves regularly works with clients on the clean-up of contaminated properties, including Superfund sites. She assists clients with federal and state administrative compliance, including environmental remediation. Ms. Neeves helps represent a client who owns property which was contaminated by a previous owner, and she has been working with the state environmental agency to coordinate site clean-up.

    Ms. Neeves is part of the firm’s Utilities Group, which serves utility and energy clients on  regulatory and environmental matters. She provides a range of transactional and compliance services. She helps clients navigate all local, state and federal permitting requirements, and works to ensure they are in compliance with all regulations. Ms. Neeves has recently been working with clients on energy and conservation matters in hearings before the New York State Public Service Commission.

    Land Use

    Ms. Neeves provides guidance to clients seeking local zoning approvals. She counsels them on meeting requirements for land development and securing necessary municipal and state permits to do so.

    Pro Bono

    Ms. Neeves is one of several Robinson+Cole attorneys involved in a pro bono project to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking in Namibia, Africa by strengthening the country’s legislative framework. During law school, as part of the New York State Pro Bono Scholars Program, Ms. Neeves was a Pro Bono Scholar in the Criminal Law Special Litigation Unit of the Legal Aid Society.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Ms. Neeves was a judicial honors extern for U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. She also worked as a legal intern for an organization focused on water quality and related issues. She received a fellowship grant to provide nonprofit environmental legal services.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Assisted with representation of manufacturing client in responding to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation containing multiple counts, including fall protection and machine guarding. Helped secure a favorable settlement after informal conference resulting in dismissal and significant reductions in citations and penalties.

      • Currently representing municipality in defending an action with Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and federal constitutional claims.

      • Working with team of Robinson+Cole attorneys on a pro bono project to assist Namibia's Legal Assistance Centre in improving the country’s wildlife conservation laws and strengthening their enforcement. Working to analyze Namibia's legislative framework regarding its poaching laws,  provide recommendations for legislative reform, and assist with implementing recommended changes adopted by the government.

      • Defended claims for damages for alleged exposure to asbestos-containing products on behalf of manufacturer and distributor of conduit and tubing used in electrical applications.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      New York State Bar Association (2016)

      American Bar Association
      Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (2016)

      Connecticut Bar Association (2017)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "American attorneys partner to save endangered African wildlife," published in ABA Journal, co-authored with Peter R. Knight, Megan E. Baroni, Kelsey A. Cross, Emily C. Deans, Byron D. Flagg and Alec Rubenstein (July 2017)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • July 6, 2017

        Robinson+Cole's Namibia Pro Bono Project Featured in ABA Journal

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      • December 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole's Namibia Pro Bono Project Featured in CLT

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      R+C News Releases

      • January 31, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes Six New Associates

      • October 25, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Take Part in International Pro Bono Project to Combat Wildlife Crimes in Namibia

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