He frequently appears before legislative, zoning and planning boards, successfully pursuing variances, site plan approval and re-zoning applications in furtherance of residential, commercial and cultural institutional projects. Mr. Cooper represents, for example, an entity seeking to redevelop abandoned downtown properties in a Mid-Hudson Valley City with affordable housing and local commercial uses. He also counsels clients before state and federal agencies in wetland and water quality permitting and enforcement actions.
Mr. Cooper’s litigation practice includes eminent domain proceedings, zoning law enforcement hearings, land disputes and administrative law matters in front of local, state and federal courts. He recently completed a two-week condemnation trial on behalf of a Village located in Rockland County. He also handles various matters at the appellate level, including obtaining certiorari from New York’s highest court to review long-standing DEC permitting review practices. He has also presented oral arguments on multiple matters to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Prior to joining Zarin and Steinmetz, Mr. Cooper served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he was assigned to a Trial Bureau prosecuting felony level crimes from arrest to verdict.
Mr. Cooper received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2003, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Honor Society. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, from Colgate University in 1998.
Mr. Cooper serves on the Board of Directors of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, a leading policy research and advocacy organization promoting regional solutions facilitating the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. He has also served as a Member of the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board LES Utilization Committee.