Sarah Lobe - Nixon Peabody LLP

Sarah M. Lobe

Sarah Lobe is an associate attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Environmental and Energy practice group. She represents clients in environmental regulatory, enforcement, and permitting matters.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses on environmental and energy work under state and federal laws. I represent clients on brownfields and superfunds matters including site investigation, remediation, and closure. I also counsel clients on energy matters before regulatory bodies, such as the New York Public Service Commission, as well as on a wide variety of water permitting issues. Additionally, I provide environmental due diligence analysis to advise clients on environmental risks and considerations in transactions, particularly for renewable energy projects. On behalf of my clients, I work with regulatory agencies, and partner with technical experts to efficiently develop thoughtful, practical legal solutions.

My background includes environmental litigation, environment-related legal work with the U.S. federal government and United Nations, and domestic and international work on water access. I have also taught contracts, torts, legal writing, and international business transactions as a law professor, and currently teach as an adjunct professor of environmental law. My experience in both the public and private sectors provides me with a well-rounded perspective and comprehensive understanding of issues.

What do you see on the horizon?

Emerging contaminants, such as PFAS, have become a regulatory focus with far reaching effects for drinking water considerations, wastewater treatment efforts, and brownfields and superfund sites. I’m tracking the new technical and legal developments that present challenges in regulation, remediation, and compliance, as well as opportunities for advanced technological solutions, legal guidance, and innovative, cross-sector partnerships.

I also see great opportunity for land redevelopment, particularly with renewable energy growth. This is continually being shaped by recent and proposed legislation, administrative processes, regulations, and incentives across the local, state, and federal levels. I anticipate rapid progress in this area and look forward to helping advance our alternative energy sector and site redevelopment.


  • “Wading In Uncertainty: Confusion Continues In Wetland Regulation ,” New York State Bar Association, Webinar, July 28, 2020


Sarah M. Lobe



Phone: 585-263-1308

Fax: 844-467-6274

American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude

Boston University, M.A., Public Policy, magna cum laude

Boston University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude

New York

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Sarah Lobe is an active member of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section, serving as the co-chair of the Diversity Committee and as a member of both the Cabinet & Executive Committee and the Future of Federal Environmental Policy Task Force. Sarah is also a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, where she is a member of the Environmental Law Committee and the Young Lawyers Section. She is part of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and its Environmental Law Committee as well as the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, where she serves as co-chair of the Programs Committee.

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