Karen E. Meara

Karen E. Meara

Karen E. Meara


2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
212-238-8757, Fax: 212-732-3232
meara@clm.comDownload Vcard

Practice Description

Karen Meara is a member of the Environmental and Land Use Practice Group and the Litigation Department. A veteran of New York City government, Karen brings a keen understanding of the regulatory environment to her representation of property owners, public benefit corporations, energy companies, municipalities and others. Karen’s practice focuses on environmental review and compliance, project permitting, brownfield remediation and risk mitigation, and disputes among property owners, developers and government entities. Her litigation experience includes Article 78 challenges to zoning board determinations, environmental findings, rulemakings and other agency determinations, and contribution claims under the New York State Navigation Law, as well as general commercial disputes and white-collar criminal defense. Karen also represents clients in contracting matters with the City of New York.


  • 2010 New York
  • 2011 U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


  • New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section 
  • New York City Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Board Member

Prior Experience

  • Prior to her legal career, Ms. Meara worked in New York City government for over a decade, including as Director of the Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs, where she was involved in securing passage of the Mayor’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan and the rezoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. She also served as a legislative liaison for the New York City Housing Authority and for Planned Parenthood of New York City, and as an assistant director in the Finance Division of the New York City Council, where she managed Council oversight of New York City’s health, housing and human services budgets.


  • B.S., 1987 Cornell University (with distinction)
  • M.S., 1992 Cornell University
  • J.D., 2009 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (magna cum laude)

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