David S. Steinmetz

(914) 682-7800

David has cultivated a practice over decades advocating for his clients in land use, zoning, environmental, litigation, and real estate matters. His leadership, vision, and passion for the law continue to shape the firm’s reputation for success in some of the most consequential cases and development projects in the region.

David is the managing partner and a co-founder of Zarin & Steinmetz. He maintains a full case load representing developers and other clients on a wide variety of projects throughout the New York Metro area. He has secured approvals for residential subdivisions, multi-family buildings, senior living facilities, shopping centers, as well as commercial, industrial, and mixed-use projects. His zoning and environmental work also involves conducting complex due diligence, drafting zoning, ensuring SEQRA compliance, and securing a multitude of entitlements and municipal permits.

David is highly regarded as a public speaker and zealous advocate, leading development teams throughout the region, as well as having argued cases before State and Federal Courts of all levels throughout New York State, including the New York State Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court. David’s transactional experience includes negotiating and/or closing complex real property transactions, including acquisitions, construction financing, PILOT Agreements, and IDA tax benefit transactions.

Having worked hard to secure the respect of local leaders, boards, regulatory agencies, and courts, David was twice honored to be selected as one of the top 25 attorneys in Westchester County.  He is proud to have an “AV” rating from Martindale and Hubbell, and for being selected annually to the list of New York Metro SuperLawyers® since 2015.

David also takes pride in his community involvement. He was twice elected to the Yorktown Central School District’s Board of Education, selected as a member of the Yorktown Athletic Recreational Commission, has served as a Trustee for Ability Beyond — a not-for-profit organization that provides rehabilitation, residential, and vocational assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities, and he has chaired or anchored various committees at three different country clubs.  Recently, David was asked to chair a special task force for the Westchester County Association to focus on addressing the pressing housing crisis in New York State.

David received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law in 1985, where he received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982. Prior to forming Zarin & Steinmetz in 1997, he was a partner at a leading Westchester County real estate and land development law firm. David began his legal career as an associate at the New York City office of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in its Litigation Department.


American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude

State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A in Political Science & Philosophy


New York

District of Columbia

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

United States District Court, Southern District of New York


Top 25 Attorneys in Westchester County, 2020 and 2021

New York Metro SuperLawyers®, Land Use & Zoning, since 2015

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award, 1985

Notable Work

  • Counseled a private developer on a high-profile adaptive reuse project in downtown White Plains that transformed a 15-story, concrete industrial/office building into a residential, mixed-use development with a parking garage.
  • Represented several different private senior living developers in securing land use, zoning relief and environmental permits for 150+/- unit communities in Harrison, Greenburgh, Tarrytown and Mount Pleasant. This included counseling one of the developers on managing intense community opposition and successfully defending its right to develop the land when the Town planning board’s approval was scrutinized in a litigation that ended up on appeal at the Second Department of the New York Supreme Court.
  • Represented a large international, publicly traded real estate developer on multiple aspects of two large-scale, mixed-use development projects in the City of Yonkers. This included advising on the securing the appropriate land use approvals, closing the bank construction financing, and securing millions of dollars in tax savings through the implementation of IDA benefits, including mortgage and sale tax exemptions, as well as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS).

Our Attorneys work across multiple practice areas

Insights (Speaking Engagements & Publications)


  • Moderator, Westchester County Association:  Solving the Housing Crisis in New York State
  • Guest Lecturer, Hofstra Law School, Zoning and Land Use Seminar
  • Speaker, New York State Bar Association – Real Property Section, Summer Meeting, Land Use Approval Process – A Reality Check
  • Moderator, Subdividing Real Property: Legal, Practical and Technical Issues in New York, Lorman Educational Services
  • Speaker, Urban Land Institute, The Risks and Benefits of Eminent Domain
  •  Speaker, Hudson Valley Appraisal Association, Current Developments in Zoning and Eminent Domain
  • Panelist, The Use of Eminent Domain in Public-Private Development Partnerships, Lorman Educational Services
  • Speaker, Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, Land Use Training Institute – Special Permits and Variances
  • Speaker, Practicing Law Institute, Real Estate and Environmental Matters Affecting Matrimonial Practitioners. Lecturer, Westchester County Board of Realtors, Licensing Course



  • From Euclid to Darwin: The Unavoidable Evolution of Zoning in the Post-COVID 19 World, N.Y. Bar Assoc. Journal, Vol. 92, No. 8, (November 2020)

  • Clarifying the Standard of Judicial Review in Land Use Matters: Has the Second Department Pushed the Pendulum Back to the Middle?, 12 N.Y. Zoning L. & Prac. Rep. 4 (2012)

Community Involvement

Greater Westchester

  • Westchester County Association, Chair, Special Real Property Task Force on NY State Housing  Crisis
  • Trustee, Ability Beyond
  • Legal Committee, Polo Club of Boca Raton and
  • Chair Legal Committee, Elmwood Country Club
  • Vice-President and Board Member, Yorktown Central School District
  • Commissioner, Yorktown Athletic Commission



  • New York Bar Association – Local & State Government Law Section; Environmental & Energy Law Section
  • Westchester County Bar Association – Municipal Law Section