Greta Katrin Kolcon

Greta Katrin Kolcon

Legal Strategist. Problem Solver. Trial Attorney & Mediator.
  • Environmental Law, Appeals & Appellate, Employment Law ...
  • New York
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Practical, pragmatic advice and representation offered to clients to resolve real world complex problems.
Thoughtful dispute resolution and mediation services offered to litigants and their counsel.
Cost-effective strategies.
Depth of experience.
Individual focus.

The art of representing people.

Practice Areas
Environmental Law
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Agricultural Law
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Energy, Oil & Gas Law
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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2nd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Stetson University College of Law
J.D. (1994)
Honors: Cum Laude
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (1991) | Literature, Science & the Arts
Honors: With Distinction
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Outstanding Women in Law Award for Commitment to Women in Law Leadership
Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Celebrating women who have made a meaningful and inspiring contribution to the legal community
Crennel-Branch Award
Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys
The Award honors untiring and exemplary dedication to the organization. The Award is named in honor of Rochester's first woman attorney and first woman judge.
Attorney of the Year - Leaders in Law
The Daily Record
This Award honors attorneys who have shown tremendous dedication to the legal profession and selfless, tireless commitment to the community.
Professional Associations
Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys
Past President
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New York State Bar  # 2651859
- Current
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Monroe County Bar Association
- Current
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Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
Immediate Past President
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Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
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Articles & Publications
Common Law Equity Defeats Florida's Homestead Exemption
Florida Bar Journal
Speaking Engagements
Basics of Environmental Law 2018, Buffalo, New York
New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
Certified Mediator
United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. Thousands of rr ties on property in Ontario Co NY purchased approx 10 years ago.
A: Historically, railroad ties were often treated with creosote to preserve wood from rotting quickly. The EPA has determined that coal tar creosote is a probable human carcinogen, meaning that it is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.

Although there are special rules for railroads and utilities, in general in New York, railroad ties treated with creosote cannot be sold, burned, or disposed of unless in compliance with a permitted facility. This link will take you to the NYSDEC's page which discusses the current law:

The issue as to who would be responsible for disposal of the railroad ties on your property may be complex, and would likely involve a review of the terms of your property purchase and specific factual issues regarding the current and historical use and operation of the property, as well as communications received from the NYSDEC and/or EPA, if any.

DISCLAIMER: This answer is not intended to provide specific legal advice, and does not create an attorney-client relationship.
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Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
1900 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
Toll-Free: (585) 987-2800