Dale A. Desnoyers, Esq. - Partner

Practice Areas:

Business & Corporate
Criminal Defense

Estate Planning

Government Relations

Real Estate


Dale Desnoyers is well-known for his service and leadership as the Director of Environmental Remediation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC"), capstone of his career in public service, which also included terms as a State environmental lawyer and County Public Defender.

At the DEC, Mr. Desnoyers was responsible for the statewide implementation of the State Superfund, Environmental Restoration, Brownfield Cleanup, Voluntary Cleanup, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), Bulk Storage and Spill Response Programs. He oversaw the cleanup of thousands of contaminated sites statewide, managing hundreds of millions of dollars in annual appropriations and supervising a staff of over 400 engineers, scientists and technicians.

During his tenure, he focused on innovation in the implementation of complex laws and regulations, making them more accessible and transparent to the public, streamlining statutory processes where possible, and employing technology to lower costs and improve communication. Dale moved to his leadership position on the basis of his work as Counsel to the Department's Division of Environmental Remediation, which was responsible for providing legal advice and support for the various environmental cleanup programs, for which he was later given full responsibility. With his experience in these two significant positions, his understanding of both the legal and practical implementation aspects of New York's environmental remediation programs is unique and profound.

Prior to his work in the environmental arena, Dale served as Public Defender in Columbia County, managing an office of nine staff responsible for defending misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. His office also represented clients in Family Court, handling custody and support matters. Later, he was as Associate and then Managing Partner at the law firm of Coffin, Inman, Christiana & Desnoyers, where he was engaged in a wide range of practice areas: criminal, family court, traffic court, surrogate matters, matrimonial cases and civil litigation.

In addition to his extensive legal experience in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Desnoyers owned and managed several businesses, beginning in his college years. His business experience has served him well in understanding business issues and perspectives.


Mr. Desnoyers has been practicing law for more than twenty years. He is an attorney admitted to practice law in New York State and in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York.


Mr. Desnoyers received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College in 1986, and a Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in 1989.


Federal and State Brownfield Initiatives, by Mark A. Chertok, Michael Bogin, and Dale A. Desnoyers, published in materials for a Continuing Legal Education Program by the Practicing Law Institute; Mark A. Chertok and Richard R. Goldberg, Retail Property Development 2001:  Current  Trends & Practices, pp. 83-116 (written in late 2000).

The New York State Voluntary Cleanup Program, by Mark A. Chertok and Dale A. Desnoyers published in materials for a Continuing Legal Education Program by the New York State Bar Association, The Evolving Perspective on Contaminated Properties --"Tweaking the Environmental Management Framework" (Spring 2002), pp. A-3 - A-12; republished in the The New York Environmental Lawyer, New York State Bar Association, Spring 2002; Volume 22, No. 2.

Governor Pataki Signs Landmark Environmental Legislation, by Dale A. Desnoyers, published in materials for a Continuing Legal Education Program by the New York State Bar Association, Real Estate and the Environment:  New York's New Brownfield Law (Spring 2004).

Environmental Remediation Process is Undergoing Sweeping Changes Mandated by New Brownfields Law, by Dale Desnoyers and Larry Schnapf in the New York State Bar Association Journal; October 2004, Volume 76, No. 8. 

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