Funk & Zeifer LLP is a small, highly experienced law firm located in New York City. We are a boutique firm focused on energy, construction, business and intellectual property law. Not only do we provide our clients with extensive experience including successful practice in big firms, but we also offer the distinct advantage of being able to deliver sophisticated legal services in a practical and cost-effective manner. In addition to each of our attorney's individual capabilities, our close working relationships with other law firms allow us to quickly assemble and effectively manage just the right team to tackle a broad range of issues for our clients, from day-to-day matters to unique and urgent issues.
Who We Represent
We represent local, regional, national and international businesses, utilities, governmental entities, schools, foundations, not-for-profits and individuals. Our clients also include energy services companies, public housing authorities, museums and art dealers and many others. We pride ourselves on being part of your success by offering exceptional, value-added counsel. At Funk & Zeifer LLP, we measure our success by your success.
Energy Boutique Practices
Energy – Renewable and Alternative Generation
Energy Conservation and Reliability
Financing of Energy Projects
Purchase and Sale of Energy
Regulated Energy/Utilities and Conventional Generation
Special Focus Practices
Intellectual Property and Art Law
Peter V.K. Funk, Jr.
Peter Funk is an energy, construction and business lawyer with wide experience in regulated and unregulated energy and construction matters.
Mr. Funk has an extensive background in conventional, renewable and on-site generation as well as interconnection and ISO matters including transmission and distribution. His experience also includes demand response and energy conservation projects and encompasses numerous energy commodity purchase and sale agreements. He advises clients, large and small, throughout the energy industry, and has often served in the role of outside general counsel—from gas and electric utilities to “full service” energy services companies (ESCOs) and others.
His comprehensive energy practice includes participating in:
the conceptual stage of project formation
development and negotiation of project agreements
identifying and procuring incentives
construction and equipment installation agreements and issues
associated real property instruments
project-related workforce and other matters
Projects have included private and public on-site cogeneration, renewable energy, conservation measures, energy management and data centers. His renewable energy practice includes solar, biomass and biogas installations and waste-to-energy.
Peter Funk’s construction practice includes energy projects from large power plants to on-site generation, electric and gas transmission/distribution and energy management and conservation projects.
He has extensive experience relating to the build-outs of retail store interiors and exterior façade and water-proofing projects. He also provides services relating to general construction and has worked on multi-family residential as well as commercial office and institutional buildings.
A member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, Mr. Funk is a former chairman of the Committee on Public Utility Law. He is also a member of the New York City Bar Association, where he currently serves on the Energy Committee and has served on the Futures Committee (liaison with the Energy Committee) as well as the Telecommunications, Construction Law and Nuclear Law Committees. He is a former member of the National Association of Energy Service Companies and an associate member of the Association of Energy Engineers. He received a “Green Team” award from the New York Association of Realty Managers, of which he is a member.
Publishing and Presentations
He is a frequent author and presenter on topics in the energy and sustainability sectors, and is a regular contributor to Mission Critical magazine’s column, “Legal Perspectives.” (Click to view a full listing of articles, columns and presentations by Peter V.K. Funk, Jr.)
He serves on the technical advisory board of Mission Critical magazine, and was formerly a member of the Advisory Board of Energy and Power Management magazine (formerly Energy User News) and the legal advisory board of the Nuclear Energy Insurance Company.
He is a former director and president of the Co-op Board of 322 Central Park West in New York City, where he initiated a unique real-time pricing energy demonstration project. He has participated in volunteer groups and organizations such as the Cooperative Coalition to Prevent Blackouts in order to address problems in electricity supply and end use in the NYC Metropolitan area and on a national basis.
Background and Education
Prior to starting the firm with Ellen Zeifer in May, 2012, Mr. Funk practiced law for more than 35 years, first as an associate and, beginning in 1973, as a partner at Gould & Wilkie (one of the oldest firms in NYC, with a distinguished history), which merged with the international law firm of Thompson Hine during 2002. In 2005, he moved to Duane Morris to develop its transactional energy practice.
Mr. Funk is a 1973 graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he won an American Jurisprudence Award. He practices before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies and is admitted in New York State Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Tax Court. He is an honorary board member of Dieu Donné Papermill. Mr. Funk served in the U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam.
F. Ellen Zeifer
Ellen Zeifer practices in the areas of business and intellectual property law with a special interest in art law and domestic and international licensing. She counsels start-ups and small businesses on day-to-day matters including corporate issues, structuring and negotiating employment agreements, consulting and confidentiality agreements, export-import matters and counsels on copyright, trademark, design and publishing matters.
In the art area, she focuses on purchase and sale agreements for art and antiquities, art exhibition agreements, consignment agreements, vendor warranties and loan agreements. She has broad experience in representing museums and counseling on provenance issues.
In the transactional energy area, she advises on the preparation of such documents as energy services and power purchase agreements. She provides services relating to energy conservation and solar development projects. She has co-authored published articles on topics such as due diligence and cloud services agreements.
In the construction area she has experience in the preparation of agreements for the build-out and fixturing of retail stores, as well as in multi-family renovation, point work, waterproofing and related matters.
Ms. Zeifer is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association, where she has served on the Art Law Committee, the Committee on Trademarks and Unfair Competition and the Monday Night Lawprogram, advising on small business, employment, credit, and family law matters.
Prior to starting the firm in May, 2012, Ms. Zeifer practiced law for 30 years, first as an associate at White & Case in the litigation and intellectual property departments and then as a sole practitioner. She served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association on cases involving intellectual property for 12 years. She is admitted to practice in the New York State Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Ms. Zeifer has served on two non-profit boards. She was the chair of the board of the Center for Book Arts from 2010 through June, 2013 and also served as a director since 2006. The Center for Book Arts is an organization located in New York City that offers educational and literary book arts programs, classes in letterpress printing, book binding and related topics, and exhibitions related to the book arts field. Ms. Zeifer has also served as a director and was president of the Co-op Board of 322 Central Park West in New York City.
Ms. Zeifer is a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and received an M.A. from New York University School of Education in Art Education. She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and received an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law.