Overview
Overview
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Case Studies
Community Service
Extracurricular
Lucia is a Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Telecommunications and Land Use, Zoning & Development groups. She concentrates her practice in zoning and energy law, with an emphasis on telecommunications. Her background in environmental engineering allows her to integrate technical experience into her representation of landowners, developers and the telecommunications industry.

She uses her multi-disciplinary experience and extensive knowledge to manage consultants and formulate approaches to successfully advance projects through complex and sometimes controversial permitting and approval processes. For a major wireless carrier company, Lucia successfully secured state agency permits and local municipal approvals for a number of various controversial infrastructure projects. As part of a project team for a national drug store retail chain, she was instrumental in obtaining entitlements to assist the client in meeting its development goals for several projects. Lucia’s representation of residential clients has allowed them to move forward with their plans and realize a return on their real estate investments.

Lucia has a proven record of developing strategies to achieve client goals and avert litigation. When litigation is inevitable, her strategies result in a sound record. She regularly appears before municipal and state boards, commissions and agencies. She frequently lectures at Continuing Legal Education Seminars on land use and zoning issues.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Lucia had a successful engineering career where she served as project management for several utility clients. The various projects she administered included energy efficiency rebates programs, water / wastewater treatment facility operations and management and telecommunications design.

Education

  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., Environmental Certificate; 2001
  • Manhattan College, M.S. (Environmental Engineering); 1997

Admissions/Courts

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Awards + Recognitions

  • 2009 Above the Bar Award Recipient – Most Promising New Attorney

Professional Associations

  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association, State Director, Past President, and Co-Chair and Founder of the Environmental & Land Use Committee
  • Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum, New York Representative
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Westchester / Putnam Chapter of the NYSSPE, Sponsor
  • White Plains Bar Association, Member of the Board

Presentations + Publications

It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model
Law360, January 17, 2017

New York State’s Energy Marketplace Heading Into 2016 Q4
Law360, October 7, 2016

“Avoiding Pitfalls in the Acquisition and Development of Real Estate”
May 18, 2016
Lecturer

“Harness the Experience of Attorneys Returning to the Legal Profession”
New York Law Journal, Aug. 17, 2015

“800-Year-Old Principle Is Still Relevant to Women”
New York Law Journal, May 1, 2015

“Supreme Court Upholds Antenna-Siting Shot Clock”
AGL (Above Ground Level)
Vol. 10, No. 8, September 2013
Co-Author

“Recent Developments in Wireless Regulations and Policy”
February 2013
Lecturer

“Keys to Meeting Cell Site Zoning Requirements “
AGL Upper MidWest Regional Conference (Detroit, MI), September 2012
Lecturer

“Sustainable Development and Green Buildings: Challenges Posed by an Evolving Regulatory Framework”
May 2012
Lecturer

“What’s Your WirelessPlan? Federal Law, Local Review and Wireless Facilities”
NYSBA Municipal Lawyer, Spring 2012, Vol. 26, No. 2
Co-Author

“Green Construction Projects: More Than Just A Trend”
March 2010
Lecturer

“SEQRA: A Primer on the Procedural Issues Frequently Raised in Challenges to Projects”
July 2008
Lecturer

“Is There A Future For Federal Court Land Use Litigation?”
January 2005, January 2006, October 2006
Lecturer

Selected Matters

Community Service

  •  White Plains Beautification Foundation, Counsel
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Member of the Board
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Community Outreach Committee

Extracurricular

  • Supporting Member of an off-Broadway theater group.
  • Enjoys live music and theater performances.
Most people will think engineering is an unusual background for lawyers, but I’ve found that my past experience has helped me immensely in my practice. It’s given me the technical expertise I need to understand a matter so that I can effectively apply my legal skills to achieve my clients’ goals.
Lucia
Cuddy & Feder LLP announced that Managing Partner Christopher B. Fisher will be stepping down as President of the New York State Wireless Association (NYSWA) after six years of service, and Partner Lucia Chiocchio will assume the role of Vice President, effective December 13, 2018.
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