Mr. Duke focuses his practice on helping businesses navigate complex environmental and land use laws and regulations pertaining to corporate and real property transactions, mine expansions, land development projects, and brownfield redevelopment projects. He regularly assists business clients in matters of site acquisition and due diligence, construction and related project development agreements, project financing, and tax mitigation and development incentives.
He handles environmental enforcement actions pertaining to wetlands, petroleum and chemical bulk storage facilities and various commercial and industrial facilities. His experience as a project manager and hydrogeologist for a national environmental consulting firm allows him to understand the basis for environmental legal determinations and solve client problems.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Duke practiced with environmental law firms in New York City and New Jersey where he counseled clients on numerous brownfield redevelopment projects and commercial transactions involving environmentally distressed properties. Prior to that, Mr. Duke was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s World Trade Center Unit, representing the City of New York in toxic tort claims arising from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He also litigated environmental claims for the City Law Department’s Environmental Division.
During law school, Mr. Duke gained valuable experience in the Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Defense Section. He also participated in Pace Law School’s Environmental Litigation Clinic where he represented citizen groups in environmental and land use matters.
Mr. Duke has published articles on the development of Liquified Natural Gas in New York State, brownfield redevelopment and site remediation. He is a frequent lecturer on environmental topics, including site remediation, Brownfield redevelopment, the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and professional responsibility in environmental law.
In addition to his participation in legal associations, Mr. Duke assisted in the founding of the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), in Hoboken, New Jersey. He sits on HoLa’s Board of Trustees as its Vice President and legal chair and serves on numerous legal and educational committees.