Kristen Motel - Land Use Lawyer, CT & NY

Kristen M. Motel

KMotel@cuddyfeder.com 914 761 1300

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Overview
Overview
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Community Service
Extracurricular
Kristen is an associate in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development, Energy & Environmental, and Telecommunications groups. Her practice includes federal, state and local environmental permitting and compliance, real estate development, and wireless telecommunications siting. Kristen regularly represents national developers, homeowners and small businesses before municipal and state land use and environmental agencies. Her background in environmental compliance allows her to integrate technical experience into her legal representation. Clients consult with Kristen on various aspects of development and seek her advice regarding New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act, coastal redevelopment and numerous state and local land use laws.

Prior to joining Cuddy & Feder, Kristen clerked for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court. While in law school, she interned at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, the U.S. EPA Region 2’s Superfund Division, and with Hon. Judge Cathy Seibel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Kristen has co-authored a paper on climate change adaptation that was presented at the 2014 Asia Pacific Center for Environmental Law Climate Change.

Kristen worked as an environmental consultant prior to becoming an attorney, serving as a compliance advisor for clients. The various projects she administered included wastewater, storm water, and air permitting, as well as hazardous materials operations and management.

Education

  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Certificate in Environmental Law; 2015
  • University of Rhode Island, B.S., cum laude; 2008

Admissions/Courts

  • New York
  • Connecticut

Awards + Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers® New York Metro Edition Rising Stars; 2018, 2019
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association Justice Sondra Miller Scholarship Recipient, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association, State Director, Past Vice President
  • New York Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association

Presentations + Publications + Presentations

WATER: Conservation, Mitigation, Creation & Restoration
2019 Residential Design Expo
ASLA Connecticut
October 2019
Panelist

Ancient Streets: Creation of the Implied Easement
Municipal Lawyer, September 2018
Author

“Zoning and Land Use Principles for CT Vineyards & Wineries”
CT Vineyard and Winery Association’s Annual Meeting on Zoning and Land Use
February 2017
Speaker

“Adaptation to Climate Change: ASEAN & Comparative Experiences”
World Scientific, September 2015
Co-Author

Community Service

  • Westchester County Bar Association, Cannabis Law Committee
  • Westchester County Executive’s Climate Crisis Task Force, Land Use Initiative Co-Chair
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association; Environmental & Land Use Committee, New Lawyers Committee, Membership Committee, and Networking Committee
  • University of Rhode Island, We’re Offering Women Wisdom, Founder & Board of Directors Member

Extracurricular

  • Kristen enjoys hiking and helping out at her family’s vineyard.
  • She also loves flower gardening and is an avid runner.
The Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA), co-founded by Andrew Schriever, will hold its launch event on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at HudCo in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
Many municipalities are updating local laws to reflect the changing climate conditions and improve the community’s resilience. For permit administrators and municipal staff, adapting to the changing times is necessary to ensure resilience of new projects, mitigate the adverse impacts new development will have on neighboring properties, and prevent substantial damage to municipal systems and private property.