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Terresa M. Bakner, Esq.

Partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP
Albany, New York
Terresa is a partner (Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law) at Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP. She has decades of experience appearing before the federal and State resource and regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. EPA, U.S. FWS, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NY Public Service Commission. She’s assisted in the development of millions of square feet of retail development, office parks, energy facilities (cogeneration plants, hydroelectric, electric transmission lines, natural gas lines and hundreds of wind turbines). Terresa has extensive experience is assisting municipalities in the review of complex projects under the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act, as well as in working with developers appearing before municipalities for local land use approvals. She frequently presents on issues involving wetlands focusing on changes in the program due to court cases and regulatory amendments to many trade and municipal organizations. Also, she’s the Immediate past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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I routinely represent clients before federal and State agencies in obtaining permits and resolving enforcement actions regarding alleged violations of environmental laws, such as those protecting wetlands, streams, and other natural resources.


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Association Position
New York State Association of Towns Member
Capital District Women’s Bar Association Member
Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Past Chair
Bar of the City of New York Member


School Degree Graduation Year
Pennsylvania State University B.A. 1984
Albany Law School of Union University J.D. 1987

Contact Information

Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

1 Commerce Plz
Albany, NY 12260