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Laura Moore Smith

Associate
  • Rochester
  • 585.231.1374
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Laura represents businesses, developers, municipalities, and public authorities on a wide range of issues that include zoning and planning, municipal law, governance, compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), hazardous waste and petroleum spill cleanup, brownfield development, and alternative energy.

Inquisitive by nature, she uses creative thinking to help solve problems and protect her clients from liability. Clients appreciate her ability to be determined, yet flexible and encouraging, when handling their complex legal needs.

Laura concentrates her law practice primarily in three areas:

Municipal
She advises public authorities, local boards, and municipalities on all facets of municipal law, including reviewing projects pursuant to SEQRA, advising Town Boards on land use and zoning matters, and counseling on environmental compliance. Currently, Laura represents the Firm as attorney for the Town for Irondequoit, New York.

Environmental
Laura performs environmental and real estate due diligence reviews to identify environmental liabilities in connection with commercial transactions. In addition to performing research and analyzing site assessment data to help limit her client’s risk, Laura also advises on permitting and operational issues to ensure ongoing compliance with environmental laws.

Land Use
She advises clients on a full spectrum of issues arising from land use and development, including guiding municipalities through complex approval processes, securing zoning and land use approvals for landowners and commercial tenants, and drafting commercial real property leases, purchase agreements, and other agreements relating to real property transactions.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc.
  • Member, City of Rochester’s Environmental Commission
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
  • Member, Rochester Business Alliance Women’s Council
  • Former Vice President, Board of Directors, Flower City Arts Center
  • Co-Founder, Landmark Society of Western New York’s Young Urban Preservationists (YUP)

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Director’s Award, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2015
  • Noyse E. Leech Award for Achievement in International Law
  • Phi Beta Kappa, The College of Wooster

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Counties Must Guarantee Property Maintenance Charges Incurred by Towns,” Association of Towns of the State of New York’s Talk of the Towns, November/December 2018

  • "New TSCA Regulations, New TSCA Risks," The New York Environmental Lawyer, Vol. 38 Spring/Summer 2018
  • "Divided We Fall: The Shortcomings of the European Union’s Proposal for Independent Member States to Regulate the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms," 33 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 841 (2012)

PRESENTATIONS

  • "Beating Back the Zombies: New Tools in Property Maintenance Enforcement" CLE, Monroe County Bar Association, October 29, 2018
  • "Vacant and Unsafe Properties: Tales from the Crypt," Association of Town’s Annual Meeting, February 2018
  • "Freedom of Information Law" CLE, Monroe County Bar Association, May 26, 2016

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

CLERKSHIP

  • Environmental Protection Agency Region III, Office of Regional Counsel

EDUCATION

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • The College of Wooster, B.A., magna cum laude 
HSE Law
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Laura Moore Smith
Associate
lmsmith@hselaw.com
tel: 585.231.1374
fax: 585.232.2152

Laura represents businesses, developers, municipalities, and public authorities on a wide range of issues that include zoning and planning, municipal law, governance, compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), hazardous waste and petroleum spill cleanup, brownfield development, and alternative energy.

Inquisitive by nature, she uses creative thinking to help solve problems and protect her clients from liability. Clients appreciate her ability to be determined, yet flexible and encouraging, when handling their complex legal needs.

Laura concentrates her law practice primarily in three areas:

Municipal
She advises public authorities, local boards, and municipalities on all facets of municipal law, including reviewing projects pursuant to SEQRA, advising Town Boards on land use and zoning matters, and counseling on environmental compliance. Currently, Laura represents the Firm as attorney for the Town for Irondequoit, New York.

Environmental
Laura performs environmental and real estate due diligence reviews to identify environmental liabilities in connection with commercial transactions. In addition to performing research and analyzing site assessment data to help limit her client’s risk, Laura also advises on permitting and operational issues to ensure ongoing compliance with environmental laws.

Land Use
She advises clients on a full spectrum of issues arising from land use and development, including guiding municipalities through complex approval processes, securing zoning and land use approvals for landowners and commercial tenants, and drafting commercial real property leases, purchase agreements, and other agreements relating to real property transactions.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc.
  • Member, City of Rochester’s Environmental Commission
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
  • Member, Rochester Business Alliance Women’s Council
  • Former Vice President, Board of Directors, Flower City Arts Center
  • Co-Founder, Landmark Society of Western New York’s Young Urban Preservationists (YUP)

Honors & Awards

  • Director’s Award, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2015
  • Noyse E. Leech Award for Achievement in International Law
  • Phi Beta Kappa, The College of Wooster

Publications

  • “Counties Must Guarantee Property Maintenance Charges Incurred by Towns,” Association of Towns of the State of New York’s Talk of the Towns, November/December 2018

  • "New TSCA Regulations, New TSCA Risks," The New York Environmental Lawyer, Vol. 38 Spring/Summer 2018
  • "Divided We Fall: The Shortcomings of the European Union’s Proposal for Independent Member States to Regulate the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms," 33 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 841 (2012)

Presentations

  • "Beating Back the Zombies: New Tools in Property Maintenance Enforcement" CLE, Monroe County Bar Association, October 29, 2018
  • "Vacant and Unsafe Properties: Tales from the Crypt," Association of Town’s Annual Meeting, February 2018
  • "Freedom of Information Law" CLE, Monroe County Bar Association, May 26, 2016

Admissions

  • New York

Clerkship

  • Environmental Protection Agency Region III, Office of Regional Counsel

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • The College of Wooster, B.A., magna cum laude 

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