APA hires new senior attorney

RAY BROOK - Adirondack Park Agency Chairman Curt Stiles and Executive Director Terry Martino have announced that Elizabeth Phillips, Esq. will join the Adirondack Park Agency as a Senior Attorney in the Legal Division, effective Dec. 16.

"The Agency is very pleased that Ms. Phillips will join our legal division," said Stiles. "Her extensive experience in land use administrative and environmental law will ensure an efficient transition into the APA and result in positive impacts for the Adirondack Park."

"With recent and pending retirements within the legal division, it was imperative that we quickly fill the Senior Attorney vacancy," said Martino. "Ms. Phillips's experiences, background and education exceeded our qualifications and we are extremely fortunate to welcome her aboard. This move was an important component of ongoing restructuring within the legal division in anticipation of significant turnover in the coming years."

Phillips has worked for more than a decade in Anchorage, Alaska, representing municipalities and Native Alaska corporations on issues involving natural resource development, land use planning and environmental law. Her work included drafting and revising local land use ordinances as well as advising clients on administrative and business law.

"During the interview process it became clear that Ms. Phillips had a real sensitivity to the unique issues that face communities located in proximity to wilderness lands and rural landscapes," said Martino. "We believe this will work in the best interest of all the Park's stakeholders."

Most recently, Phillips was employed with the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, where she conducted civil administrative hearings involving various aspects of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Prior to DMV, she was a staff attorney in the law firm Boies, Schiller, and Flexner, LLP, located in Albany, NY.

Ms. Phillips earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkley and her law degree from the University of California at Davis, King Hall School of Law.

She grew up in the southern tier of New York State and spends time camping and hiking in the Adirondacks.

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