John P. Stockli, Jr.

John P. Stockli, Jr.

Areas of Practice

Land Use

Zoning

Real Estate

  • Commercial
  • Utility Properties

Membership & Affiliations

New York State Bar Association

Albany County Bar Association

Education

Albany Law School

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

John P. Stockli, Jr., a partner in the firm, has over twenty five years of experience in land use, zoning, and real estate law related to the development of commercial and utility projects.  Mr. Stockli has represented several clients on the sale and leasing of multi-asset real estate portfolios and issues associated with the acquisition of multiple contiguous properties and rights of way for utility projects, including corridors for a major interstate natural gas pipeline and wind energy matters.  He has represented wireless carriers and tower companies in the development of wireless communications facilities for nearly twenty years. Mr. Stockli has counseled numerous clients on compliance strategies in the environmental and development contexts and has successfully litigated several land use cases.

For over fifteen years, Mr. Stockli has been co-author of the New York State Bar Association’s Chapter on Land Use and Zoning for the New York Lawyer’s Deskbook.  Mr. Stockli has also lectured at numerous professional and continuing legal education seminars on environmental and land use issues.

Mr. Stockli is a former Trustee for the New York State Interest on Lawyers Accounts Fund. He is a graduate of Albany Law School where he served as Managing Editor for the Albany Law Review. Mr. Stockli is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. He is a member of the Albany County and New York State Bar Associations.

Mary Elizabeth Slevin

Mary Elizabeth Slevin

Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation

Environmental Law

General Corporate

Land Use

Real Estate

  • Development
  • Finance

Membership & Affiliations

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Albany County Bar Association

Education

Albany Law School of Union University

College of New Rochelle

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar

Florida State Bar

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Ms. Slevin, a principal attorney with the firm, focuses her practice in the areas of land use, real estate development and finance, environmental law and general corporate practice. Ms. Slevin has assisted clients in the development of strategies for and acquisition of governmental approvals, environmental compliance and permitting, and the pursuit of related litigation in State and Federal Courts for commercial, industrial and residential developments throughout New York State. In the context of this work, she has provided Project management services, managing multiple ongoing projects. This work combines the knowledge and resources to define, plan, implement and integrate every aspect of a client’s comprehensive program in the many forms of land use approvals and financing, from subdivision, special permits, and variances, as well as the related permits from other state and federal agencies, including SEQRA and NEPA that are necessary to implement a project. She routinely assists individual, business, and development clients in structuring financing arrangements, including loan origination, assignments of existing lending facilities and related matters to insure a smooth transaction. Her approach to project management reflects the firm’s ability to coordinate and prioritize resources across projects, departments and entities, ensuring that resources are managed with a global focus, whether the client is a small regional or large international Company. Ms. Slevin has demonstrated through her work, that she is able to bring efficiency, control and accountability to every stage of a project, from initial master planning through authorization, contract implementation, financing and ongoing operations support. The work even, when necessary, includes litigation to defend or prosecute the rights of the client with respect to particular Project.

Ms. Slevin has further advised business clients on all phases of legal operations, including legal structure, acquisition, contracts and commercial litigation. Her clients include a national wireless system developer, technologically advanced service groups and manufacturers, major national and regional real estate developers and professional practices. She has also lectured at professional seminars on land use, real estate and general corporate law issues. Ms. Slevin served as an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation for 10 years. She graduated cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the College of New Rochelle.

Representative Cited Cases:

Loudon House LLC v. Town of Colonie, 123 AD3d 1406 (3rd Dept. 2014)

Birchwood Neighborhood Assn. v. Planning Bd. of the Town of Colonie, 112 AD3d 1184 (3rd Dept. 2013)

Rossi v. Town Bd. of the Town of Ballston, 49 AD3d 1138 (3rd Dept. 2008)

Eadie  v. Town  Bd.  of  Town  of  North  Greenbush,  7 NY3d 306 (2006)

Independent Wireless One Corp. v. City of Syracuse, 12 AD3d 1085 (4th Dept. 2004)

Defreestville Area Neighborhood Ass’n, Inc. v. Planning Bd. of Town of North Greenbush, 16 A.D.3d 715 (3rd Dept. 2005)

Mason v. Clifton Park Water Authority, 302 A.D.2d 818 (3rd Dept. 2003)

Independent Wireless One Corp. v. Town of Maryland Planning Bd., 191 Misc.2d 168 (Otsego Co. Sup. Ct. 2002)

Cippitelli v. Town of Niskayuna, 256 A.D.2d 744 (3rd Dept. 1998)

Sharon A. Merkle

Sharon A. Merkle

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning

Probate and Estate Administration

Asset Protection

Corporate and Business Law

Commercial Transactions

Executive Benefits

Memberships and Affiliations

New York State Bar Association

Hawaii State Bar Association

Massachusetts State Bar Association

Saratoga County Bar Association

Education

Harvard Law School

Syracuse University

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar

Hawaii State Bar

Massachusetts State Bar

United States District Court, District of Hawaii

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Ms. Merkle is of counsel to the firm.  Having outgrown her small practice in Saratoga Springs, she joined the firm in 2017.  In her broad experience over more than thirty years of legal practice, she has been a law firm partner in Manhattan and Honolulu concentrating her practice in commercial litigation, and a sole practitioner practicing in the areas of trusts and estates, asset protection, commercial transactions and business law.

Working frequently with business owners and professionals, Ms. Merkle continues her role as an advocate for her clients, providing legal services as needed, including estate and wealth planning, risk management, establishment of business entities, commercial transactions, purchase and sale of businesses, business succession, establishment and maintenance of retirement plans, charitable giving (including charitable family trusts and private foundations), and various compliance issues.

Ms. Merkle graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University.  She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York, Hawaii and Massachusetts.

Kathleen McCaffrey Baynes

Kathleen McCaffrey Baynes

Areas of Practice

State and Federal Litigation (Trial and Appellate)

Regulatory, Administrative and Adjudicatory Hearings

Arbitration and Mediation

Insurance Coverage

Construction Law

Memberships and Affiliations

Albany County Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Education

Albany Law School of Union University

University of Notre Dame du Lac

Bar Admissions

New York State

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Western District of New York

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Kathleen McCaffrey Baynes practices complex and multi-party litigation in the areas of construction and Labor Law; premises liability (commercial/retail and residential); pollution claims/Navigation Law; personal injury; leasing and related contractual and insurance coverage issues; interpretation, application and coverage under liability, disability and life insurance policies and annuities; employment law and professional liability. Her practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, including trial, appellate, arbitration, mediation, and administrative proceedings. Kathleen has lectured extensively at local, regional and national levels on issues surrounding construction law, contracts, insurance, and litigation tactics. Kathleen has been awarded an “AV*” rating by Martindale-Hubbel.