Bridget O'Toole

Top rated land use & zoning attorney in Rochester, New York

The Zoghlin Group PLLC
Bridget O'Toole
The Zoghlin Group PLLC

Practice Areas: Land use & zoning, Environmental, Real estate; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2012

Education: Albany Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

The Zoghlin Group PLLC

300 State Street
Suite 502
Rochester, NY 14614 Visit website


A partner with The Zoghlin Group, PLLC, in Rochester, New York, Bridget O’Toole helps clients across western New York with various legal matters involving land use and zoning, environmental law, real estate litigation, and state, local and municipal law.

After completing her bachelor’s in urban planning at the University at Albany - State University of New York, Ms. O’Toole went to Albany Law School to earn her law degree. While there, she was a member of the Pro Bono Society and participated in the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials, the Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy competition and the Client Counseling competition. 

Earning her Juris Doctor in 2011, Ms. O’Toole was admitted to practice in New York the following year. She is also allowed to appear before the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of New York. She has represented several people, businesses and communities before administrative and municipal boards and in the state and federal courts of New York. She is also experienced in appellate practice.

Active in the legal circle, Ms. O’Toole is a member of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, the American Society of Civil Engineers in Monroe County, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is also a board member of the Foundation program by the Monroe County Bar Association. Moreover, she has written many articles and conducted several seminars on environmental law and other related topics.

Ms. O’Toole is the recipient of the Up & Coming Attorneys award by The Daily Record and has been honored as an Emerging Bar Leader by the Monroe County Bar Association. Holding a 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo, she is a passionate and diligent attorney who believes in giving back to her local community. She volunteers as an attorney-mediator with the Rochester Teen Court and serves on the Environmental Justice Task Force at the Empire State Development for the Finger Lakes region.

Practice areas

Land use/zoning, Environmental, Real estate: business

Focus areas

Environmental law

  • 40% Land use/zoning
  • 30% Environmental
  • 30% Real estate: business

First Admitted: 2012, New York

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Bridget O’Toole, Regulation of Pesticide Residue as Solid Waste under RCRA, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources: The Year in Review 2015 at 95 (2016).
  • 2015 Environmental Law for Non-Environmental Lawyers. Topic: “What is SEQRA & Who Does What?”
  • 2015 Learning from Environmental Horror Stories. Moderator: “Perils & Pitfalls of Environmental Practice.”
  • 2016 Albany Law School Hot Topics in Law – Rochester Edition. Topic: “Using Social Media Ethically.”
  • 2017 Hot Water: Topics in Water Law. Topic: “Stormwater Management”
  • 2018 Local Government Law from Start to Finish. Topic: “Navigating Nuisance Ordinance Legal Liabilities.”
  • 2018 NYSBA Basics of Environmental Law (Buffalo). Moderator and Local Program Chair.
  • 2019 Landmark Society of Western New York, 2019 New York Statewide Preservation Conference, Making Sense of SEQRA: Recent Amendments and Their Impacts on Municipal Review of Historic and Cultural Resources, Apr. 25, 2019
  • 2019 Monroe County Planning Land Use Decision-Making Training Program, Solar Development in Monroe County, Oct. 8, 2019
  • 2020 Monroe County Bar Association, Ethics, Environmental Law and Client Interests: Dilemmas for Practitioners, Jan. 23, 2020
  • 2020 New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Local and State Government Law Section Meeting, Local Issues Regarding the Development and Siting of Wind and Solar Energy Projects (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice), Jan. 30, 2020.
  • 2020 New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Local and State Government Law Section Meeting, Lead in Drinking Water: Its Environmental and Social Impacts (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice), Jan. 30, 2020.
  • Chart v. Town of Parma, 2014 WL 4923166 (WDNY 2014)(Court found that pesticide contaminated topsoil relocated from a former apple orchard to town park was solid waste under RCRA).
  • Peelle v. Town of Irondequoit, 148 A.D.3d 1761 (4th Dep’t 2017) (Court found that whether owner’s action for inverse condemnation by Town via intermittent flooding by stormwater could not be resolved on motion to dismiss).
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, University at Albany, State University of New York
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • Served on the Monroe County Bar Association’s Academy of Law
  • Affiliate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the Monroe County, New York State, and American Bar Associations
  • Member of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys
  • Former Treasurer of the Monroe County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section
  • Former Co-Chair of the Monroe County Bar Association Environmental Law Committee
  • Board Member of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • New York State
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Attorney-Mediator with Rochester Teen Court., 2012
  • Those who receive the Up & Coming Attorneys awards demonstrate professional accomplishment, community service and a strong commitment to the legal profession early in their careers. To be considered, nominees must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or less., Up & Coming Attorney, New York Daily Record, 2016
  • This award recognizes a member of the Monroe County Bar Association that has been admitted 10 years or fewer and who has made a significant contribution to the Bar Association through participation on committees or other Bar sponsored activities and who has demonstrated the potential to be a leader in the profession., Emerging Bar Leader, Monroe County Bar Association, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Community Groups
  • Municipalities
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar
  • Wind

Office location for Bridget O'Toole

300 State Street
Suite 502
Rochester, NY 14614

Phone: 585-434-0790


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

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