Jody T. Cross Named Partner at Zarin & Steinmetz


Zarin & Steinmetz is pleased to announce that Jody T. Cross has been promoted to partner, effective January 1, 2018.

Jody joined Z&S as an associate in 2003, and since 2014, held the position of Senior Counsel. Her practice includes litigation on behalf of private and municipal clients pertaining to complex land use and zoning matters, including challenging and defending municipal determinations, the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and Constitutional matters. She is a highly skilled litigator with extensive experience in both State and Federal Court, before the lower and appellate courts. Jody also leads the Firm’s Connecticut land development litigation practice.

Jody is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has been selected to the 2016 and 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers list in the field of Land Use & Zoning.

Jody received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, and a Certificate in Environmental Law from the Pace University School of Law (now the Elisabeth Haub School of Law). While at Pace, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pace Environmental Law Review, and was a Senior Research Fellow and a Director of the Land Use Law Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a concentration in Environmental Studies, from Muhlenberg College.

About Zarin & Steinmetz:

Zarin & Steinmetz is known throughout the New York metropolitan area, as well as the Hudson Valley, for its concentration in all aspects of land development. We represent private, institutional, and municipal clients in zoning and land use, environmental law (including SEQRA/NEPA), solid and hazardous waste, real estate and business transactions, eminent domain, and related litigation in state and federal courts. Since we opened our office in White Plains, New York in September 1997, we have remained a leader in these practice areas, and take great pride in the fact that our Firm is on the cutting edge of related legal developments. Our mission is to satisfy our clients’ demands through legal excellence, attorney accessibility and responsiveness, sound judgment, and cost efficiency. For more information about Zarin & Steinmetz, please visit our website at

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