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Albany is growing a technology economy. In Upstate New York’s Tech Valley, companies are working on nanotechnology, green energy solutions and medical breakthroughs. We are proud to count these innovators as clients.

Our team is an excellent fit with Albany’s future given our experience advising clients in areas such as environmental law, energy regulation and health care. With growth and innovation comes the need for raising capital, buying and selling assets, resolving business disputes and intellectual property protection. Our team has all sides of Capital District businesses covered and is fully dedicated to achieving the region’s growth goals for 2030 and beyond.

Many of our Albany attorneys grew up in the Capital District, and all have deep roots in the region. We are committed to Albany’s future and play an active role in strengthening community organizations and infrastructure. Our office reflects our commitment to innovation and future resource needs as we occupy space that is LEED® Silver certified. Whether participating in local events and charitable activities or sustaining the pulse of the economy, our work is focused on our conviction that Albany’s brightest days are ahead.

Media Clips

  • LNG Facilities Outside NYC? Not So Fast
    Law360 | February 12, 2015
    Albany Energy & Environmental partner Ruth Leistensnider and Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi co-authored this column discussing New York State Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines creating a regulatory program allowing the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities in the state.
  • Surprise-Billing Law Casts Wide Net
    Crain's New York Health Pulse | February 2, 2015
    Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen and Long Island Health Care partner Rebecca Simone are quoted in this article discussing New York's surprise medical bill law. The piece also contains a link to Laurie and Rebecca's original client alert on the topic.
  • Confusion Persists Over Medical Marijuana Enforcement
    Law360 | January 21, 2015
    A team of Commercial Litigation attorneys including Albany partner Dan Hurteau, Manchester associate Anthony Galdieri, Albany associate Jena Rotheim and Washington, DC, associate Angela Buckner co-authored this article discussing the omnibus spending bill that allows for state implementation of existing medical marijuana laws.
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  • NYS Revises Certificate-of-Need Rules
    Crain's New York Business | October 21, 2014
    Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen is quoted in this column discussing the New York State ACO regulations.
  • Employers Bracing for Penalties under the Affordable Care Act
    Albany Business Review | August 18, 2014
    Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kate Saracene provides commentary in this feature story on the top challenges facing employers under the Affordable Care Act.
  • St. Peter's Health Partners and Ellis Medicine pursuing health care partnership
    Albany Business Review | June 13, 2014
    This article highlights the partnership between Albany-based St. Peter's Health Partners and Schenectady-based Ellis Medicine. A Nixon Peabody Albany Health Care team advised Ellis.
  • Albany region executives share sales secrets at business forum
    Albany Business Review | May 21, 2014
    Albany Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Todd Tidgewell is featured among the industry leaders at the Business Opportunities to Success Summit.
  • Albany region executives share sales secrets at business forum
    Albany Business Review | May 21, 2014
    Albany Private Equity & Investment funds partner Todd Tidgewell is featured among the industry leaders at the Business Opportunities to Success Summit.
  • ‘Collaborative damage' a factor in wage boost
    Buffalo Law Journal | April 22, 2014
    Albany Labor & Employment partner Vincent Polsinelli discusses the impact of New York State’s minimum wage increase.
  • Are State RPS Effective Wind Development Drivers?
    North American WindPower Magazine | April 1, 2014
    Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi and Boston Energy & Environmental associate Jen Simon Lento co-coauthored this article discussing if state renewable portfolio standards are enough to drive renewable energy development.
  • Around Tech Valley
    Albany Times Union | March 18, 2014
    This news brief highlights Albany Commercial Litigation partner Dan Hurteau joining the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.
  • People on the Move
    Albany Business Review | March 11, 2014
    This coverage notes that Albany Commercial Litigation partner Dan Hurteau has been elected to the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
  • NY Court's 'Truly Obnoxious' Ruling On Fla. Law
    Law360 | February 27, 2014
    Albany Labor & Employment partner Vincent Polsinelli and Albany Commercial Litigation associate Jena Rotheim discuss how multijurisdictional employers often compare the relevant states’ restrictive covenant laws.
  • Business News
    WBZ-AM (News Radio) | January 23, 2014
    Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses a recent chemical spill in West Virginia, tips to avoid a similar incident and the cost of non-compliance.
  • Fracking Poses Threat to NY Land Values, Mortgages
    Law360 | January 9, 2014
    Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in New York State.
  • Attorneys Applaud Overhaul of Nonprofit Law for Cutting Red Tape
    New York Law Journal | December 20, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney, Rochester counsel Anita Pelletier, and Rochester partner and president of the New York State Bar Association Dave Schraver discuss the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act signed into law by Governor Cuomo.
  • Structured Approach Can Help Solar Developers Fulfill Promise of Brownfields
    Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report | October 3, 2013
    Albany Energy and Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi discusses some of the significant obstacles to the development of a utility-scale solar project on a brownfield site.
  • State Changes How Hospitals Identify Community Needs
    Buffalo Business First | September 20, 2013
    Albany health services partner Laurie Cohen is quoted in this article about New York hospitals meeting community health needs.
  • Rochester Attorney Heads NY Bar Association
    Associated Press | June 4, 2013

    This coverage notes that Rochester Commerical Litigation and Indian Law partner Dave Schraver has been named the 116th president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Annual Meetings Tip Toward Business, Less Pleasure
    Buyouts | May 10, 2013

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice John Koeppel and Albany Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Todd Tidgewell discuss the current state of annual meetings for limited partners in the private equity industry.

  • What the Future Holds for Fracking In NY
    Energy Law360 | April 9, 2013

    This contributed article authored by Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Peter Trimarchi, Albany Energy & Environmental partner Ruth Leistensnider, Rochester Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation partner Chris Thomas, and Rochester Real Estate associate Greg Nearpass discusses two major developments expected this spring that will largely determine the extent to which high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) will occur in New York state.

  • Health-Care Lawyers Join Nixon Peabody in Albany Office
    Bloomberg News | March 28, 2013

    This coverage highlights the arrival of Albany Health Services partners Phil Rosenberg and Laurie Cohen.

  • Nixon Peabody Boosts Albany Team as NY Health Field Shifts
    Health and New York Law360 | March 28, 2013

    This article profiles new Albany Health Services partners Laurie Cohen and Philip Rosenberg.

  • A Legal Guide to the Soda Ban Ruling
    Wall Street Journal Law Blog | March 11, 2013

    This article discusses a ruling by a state judge invalidating New York City’s soda ban. Albany Health Services partner Peter Millock discusses a previous ruling by New York’s highest court finding that the executive branch can’t impose health regulations from a clean slate, but it requires “legislative guidance.” Mr. Millock was general counsel for the New York State Department of Health at the time of the ruling.

  • Law: Firms add hires with energy expertise
    Environment & Energy News | March 7, 2013

    This coverage notes the arrival of Albany energy and environmental counsel Peter Trimarchi.

  • In Light of MLK Day: What the Future Holds for Employers
    Law 360 | January 25, 2013

    Albany Labor & Employment partner John Higgins authored this column discussing greater workplace diversity efforts.

  • Superstorm Sandy: An Update and Look to the Future
    New York Law Journal | January 22, 2013

    Rochester Commercial Litigation partner Dave Schraver, president-elect of the New York State Bar Association, authored this column discussing the Bar Association’s efforts after Hurricane Sandy and how a report from the Bar Association’s Task Force on Global Warming can affect the future.

  • People on the Move
    Albany Business Review | January 14, 2013

    In this column noting executive moves and promotions, Albany Labor & Employment attorney Vince Polsinelli is included for his election to the firm’s partnership.

  • New CEG Board Members Begin Terms
    Albany Business Review | October 25, 2012

    This coverage notes the new and returning board members of the Center for Economic Growth, which include Albany office managing partner Andy Rose.

  • Raising Private Capital
    Crain's New York Business: Health Pulse | October 4, 2012

    Albany Health Services partner Peter Millock provides commentary in this article discussing New York State’s health care laws and regulations which have kept hospitals from raising private equity capital.

  • Lawyers Who Lead By Example
    New York Law Journal | September 12, 2012

    Albany Commercial Litigation partner Dan Hurteau was recognized among “Lawyers Who Lead” by the New York Law Journal for “demonstrating the highest level of commitment to their profession and their communities, tapping their training, business acumen, creativity, and humanity to solve legal problems for those in need.”

  • A Tie Between Success and Wellness? Some execs see it that way
    Albany Business Review | August 23, 2012

    Albany Commercial Litigation partner Dan Hurteau, who is a regular bike commuter, is featured in this article on executive wellness. The article also notes ways that Nixon Peabody promotes and encourages wellness among employees in Albany and across the firm.

  • Quick Wins in Age Bias Suits a Long Shot Under EEOC Rule
    Employment Law 360 | March 29, 2012

    Albany Labor & Employment partner John Higgins discusses the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently issued final rule clarifying the “reasonable factors other than age” defense standard under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.


Amendment to New York's telehealth legislation
Health Care Alert | March 27, 2015

NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) issues guidance on surprise bills for health care services
Health Care Alert | March 24, 2015

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New York State Liquor Authority proposes advisories
Beverage Alcohol Alert | March 20, 2015

NY to raise tipped minimum wage to $7.50 per hour
Employment Law Alert | February 25, 2015

New York joins the rest of the nation in allowing LNG facilities
Environmental Alert | February 9, 2015

New York's Surprise Medical Bill Law: three things health care providers need to know before March 31
Health Care Alert | January 28, 2015

When Duty Calls: New York enacts labor law requiring leave for first responders
Employment Law Alert | January 7, 2015

New York health insurers and state Medicaid program to cover telehealth services
Health Care Alert | January 5, 2015

Governor Cuomo signs bill relieving all New York employers of burdensome annual pay notice requirements
Employment Law Alert | December 31, 2014

NYS mandates coordination between campus safety and local police
Higher Education Law Alert | December 22, 2014

So close, yet so far — the bill amending the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act still not signed
Employment Law Alert | December 12, 2014

Lawyers as a protected class? Lawyer "spins" client's retaliation claim and files lawsuit to lift ban from cycling studio
Employment Law Alert | November 26, 2014

New York beverage producers get a boost from the Craft New York Act
Beverage Alcohol Alert | November 13, 2014

Proposed New York ACO regulations: What you should know about becoming a certified ACO
Health Care Alert | October 17, 2014

Will NY DSRIP program's impact extend beyond the state Medicaid program?
Health Care Alert | October 17, 2014

New York's e-prescribing mandate: Are prescribers and pharmacies ready?
Health Care Alert | September 11, 2014

New York passes legislation protecting interns
Employment Law Alert | July 29, 2014

Pared down privilege logs in New York State's Commercial Division: the future of more efficient logs?
Commercial Litigation Alert | July 10, 2014

Steve Nelson's law: New York legislature passes bill requiring installation of carbon monoxide detectors in restaurants and commercial buildings
Real Estate Alert | July 2, 2014

Relief in sight: bill eliminating annual wage notice requirement passed by New York legislature
Employment Law Alert | June 25, 2014

What will New York's Medical Marijuana Law mean for employers?
Employment Law Alert | June 23, 2014

New York edges closer to legalizing medical marijuana
Health Care Alert | June 20, 2014

Should I Review My Estate Plan?
Private Clients Alert | June 18, 2014

New York's surprise medical bill law
Health Alert | June 3, 2014

2014 Employer's Guide to New York State Labor Laws Released
May 21, 2014

New York Court of Appeals eliminates requirement to allege specific law, rule or regulation violated by employer for whistleblower retaliation claims
Employment Law Alert | May 20, 2014

New York and several other states move closer to banning microbeads in personal care products
Products Alert | May 15, 2014

A new proposed Commercial Division rule on e-discovery from nonparties emphasizes cooperation, proportionality and easing the burden on nonparties
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Law Alert | April 29, 2014

NYS to issue grants for continued transformation of NY's health care delivery system – a funding opportunity for health care providers
Health Alert | April 15, 2014

New York court rejects claims against fund manager of a Madoff feeder fund, highlighting exculpatory terms in private fund agreement
Private Fund Disputes Alert | April 11, 2014

New York makes significant changes to its estate tax law
Private Clients Alert | April 7, 2014

The START-UP NY Program—New York State approves eight eligible "tax-free" zones
New York Law Alert | March 24, 2014

New York appellate court finds that Florida's non-compete law is "truly obnoxious" to New York public policy and renders a choice of law provision unenforceable
Employment Law Alert | February 14, 2014

There may be a place for investment by publicly traded entities in New York health care facilities after all
Health Alert | February 7, 2014

New York State considers expanding office-based surgery rules to office-based anesthesia
Health Alert | February 3, 2014

Governor's budget seeks to implement recommendations adopted by NY State Advisory Committee regarding delivery of ambulatory care services
Health Alert | January 24, 2014

New York State will again consider allowing private equity investment in health care facilities
Health Law Alert | January 22, 2014

NY State's highest court finds health care clinic is not liable for nurse's disclosure of patient information
Health Alert | January 13, 2014

The trend towards increasing minimum wage continues–this time in New York
Employment Law Alert | December 20, 2013

No reason to deviate and create new "medical monitoring" cause of action in New York
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation Alert | December 19, 2013

Reminder to complete OMIG compliance program and DRA compliance certifications
Health Law Alert | December 9, 2013

New York State providers should implement emergency regulations for insurance coverage of applied behavior analysis
Health Law Alert | November 20, 2013

What you need to know about NY State Advisory Committee recommendations regarding delivery of ambulatory care services
Health Law Alert | November 18, 2013

START-UP NY: overview of implementing regulations and next steps for colleges, universities and businesses
New York Law Alert | November 1, 2013

New York State DOL Publishes Final Regulations Regarding Permissible Wage Deductions
Employment Law Alert | October 22, 2013

New DOH regulations promote accountable care in New York
Health Law Alert | September 30, 2013

Paving the way for enhanced collaboration, New York DOH proposes antitrust exemptions
Health Law Alert | September 27, 2013

Volunteers as employees: Considerations for nonprofit institutions
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | September 25, 2013

Second Circuit ruling narrows double jeopardy protections in honest services prosecutions
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | August 21, 2013

DOH requires surgical masks for unvaccinated health care workers
Health Law Alert | August 9, 2013

Neighboring states, similar issue, different holdings: What does it mean for insurers analyzing their duty to defend?
Insurance Law Alert | July 18, 2013

The START-UP NY Program — Developing College Campuses as Engines of Economic Expansion
New York Law Alert | June 28, 2013

New NY alcohol manufacturing licensing system proposed
Beverage Alcohol Brief | June 5, 2013

Are you a covered provider?
Get Ready: Executive Order No. 38 Effective July 1

Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 30, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveils major economic development initiative offering tax benefits to businesses operating on or near select college and university campuses
New York Law Alert | May 30, 2013

New York State DOL publishes proposed regulations regarding permissible wage deductions
Employment Law Alert | May 17, 2013

Drill, maybe, drill: New York appellate court upholds right of municipalities to prohibit oil and gas development
Energy Alert | May 8, 2013

Text of Governor Cuomo's "Public Trust Act" unveiled
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | May 2, 2013

The New York SAFE Act of 2013 and its profound effect on mental health care providers and their patients
Health Law Alert | March 22, 2013

Critical hydrofracking cases advance through New York courts
Energy Alert | March 22, 2013

Implementation of New York State executive compensation and administrative expense caps has been postponed
Health Law Alert | March 18, 2013

Opportunity to affect design of future NYS Certificate of Need and health facility licensing systems
Health Law Alert | March 8, 2013

New York adds new restrictions on the use of social security numbers
Employment Law Alert | October 26, 2012

Extension of tax exemption for New York redevelopment companies
Affordable Housing Alert | October 2, 2012

Attention NY employers: Governor Cuomo signs New York Labor Law amendments expanding permissible wage deductions
Employment Law Alert | September 12, 2012

New York attorney general offers proposed amendments to state's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 30, 2012

Proposed New York State DOH regulations limit use of state funds for executive compensation and administrative costs
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 22, 2012

Employer's Guide to New York State Labor Laws (2012)
April 17, 2012

New York Federal Court sends Title VII suit against hospital by physician with staff privileges to trial, holding that staff privileges may create "employee" relationship
Employment Law Alert | April 12, 2012

What's next for nonprofit executive compensation in New York?
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | April 2, 2012

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