He regularly appears before municipal review boards processing subdivision, site plan, wetlands, zoning amendments, variances, and other land development applications. Mr. Schwartz has successfully litigated a number of land use related cases, involving matters such as SEQRA, eminent domain, and defending a “SLAPP” suit under New York’s Civil Rights Law. He has also prevailed in defending municipal approvals against challenges in Article 78 proceedings. Mr. Schwartz also negotiates and drafts instruments related to real estate development projects, such as contracts of sale, leases, easements and restrictive covenants, and access agreements.
Mr. Schwartz received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 2001, where he served as Note Editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. Prior to joining Zarin & Steinmetz in 2003, Mr. Schwartz was an associate in the environmental department in the New York City office of Rosenman & Colin LLP.