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Biography of David Sive
As a founding partner of the Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. environmental law and litigation firm in New York City, David Sive earned the name of "father of environmental law" thanks to his work on groundbreaking environmental cases over thirty years ago.
David Sive received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Columbia Law School in 1948 and has served as a leader in environmental law and litigation as a practitioner, scholar, and advocate for almost forty years. During his career, he represented public entities, individuals, industry, nongovernmental organizations and the commercial sector in environmental matters ranging from scenic preservation to hazardous waste. Professor Sive has taught environmental law at law schools throughout the United States including Pace Law School. He has published extensively in his areas of expertise, including an environmental column for the National Law Journal.
David Sive began his litigation work concerning various environmental issues prior to the United States Congress's passage of any environmental statutes, and even before the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He is perhaps best known for litigating the landmark environmental case, Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. Federal Power Commission, 354 F.2d 608 (2d Cir. 1965).