Kristen Motel - Land Use Lawyer - New York Environmental Lawyer – Cannabis Business Attorney
Kristen Motel - Land Use Lawyer - New York Environmental Lawyer – Cannabis Business Attorney

White Plains, NY – November 7, 2023 – Cuddy & Feder LLP is pleased to announce that Kristen Motel, a partner in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development, Energy & Environmental, and Telecommunications practice groups, as well as Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law group, has been named a recipient of the New Leader Trailblazer award by the Westchester County Association at its Annual Fall Leadership event.

Kristen’s practice includes environmental permitting, compliance, real estate development, and wireless telecommunications siting. With a focus on securing approvals for controversial projects, she frequently represents clients before land use boards and permitting agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Kristen is also well-versed in guiding applicants through the state cannabis application process and advising investors and businesses in all aspects of the cannabis industry.

She co-chairs the Real Estate Sustainability Committee of the Westchester County Association and also serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Local and State Government Law Section. Kristen is an active member of various professional associations such as the Westchester County Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association. She is also an annual volunteer with the NY DEC Amphibian Migrations & Road Crossings Project.

Kristen regularly speaks about local land use and municipal considerations related to New York’s adult-use cannabis legislation, sustainability and floodplain development. She has authored several publications on climate change adaptation and a treatise update on cannabis and zoning regulations in New York. Kristen’s leadership extends beyond her legal practice, as she co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee and Summer Associate program. Her valuable perspective has bridged the generational gap, enabling the firm to attract and retain top talent by effectively motivating the youngest generation of lawyers.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023, where Kristen will be honored alongside other esteemed awardees, including Jane Solnick, who is receiving the Alfred B. DelBello Visionary award, and Christopher D. Hillyer, MD, & Mayor Noam Bramson, who are receiving the Leadership award. The event will be held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.

For more information or to register, please visit Annual Fall Leadership Event (

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