Litigation

Protecting our clients’ interests at the trial and appellate levels
Our Approach

Our attorneys prosecute and defend lawsuits in federal, state, and municipal courts. We take the time to learn each client’s individual case as though we lived it. Our reputation for high quality oral and written advocacy is one we have cultivated with the courts and our adversaries over decades.

Our litigators are also pragmatic and drive litigation strategy based on a client’s business and individual goals. That means litigating through trial and/or appeal, utilizing alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration, or advising on settlement strategies. And because we are a full-service firm, we bring our insight as land use, zoning, municipal, transactional, and real estate practitioners when we litigate. Our litigation department is also frequently called upon to litigate commercial and business disputes unrelated to our real estate development practices.

What We Do

  • Article 78 proceedings
  • Appeals
  • State/federal land use constitutional and civil rights
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)
  • Fair Housing Act (FHA)
  • Padavan Law
  • Condemnation and Eminent Domain
  • Property and title disputes, including adverse possession/prescriptive easement
  • Contract and business disputes
  • Environmental, including SEQRA and NY Navigation Law
  • Arbitration/mediation
  • Zoning and building code enforcement actions
  • Administrative Hearings
Recent News
Representing the purchaser, Jacob Amir spearheaded our client’s $14 million acquisition of an approximate 3 acres parcel in lower Westchester, including negotiating continued environmental remediation and obligations of various stakeholders. This purchase is part of a multi-tiered transaction, which also includes the anticipated formation of a long-term ground lease to occupy other commercial property for...
Lee J. Lefkowitz and Jaclyn Cohen, representing a property owner in Ossining, defeated a neighbor’s property owner’s motion for summary judgment in a case seeking to litigate a boundary-line dispute. As a defense, Z&S raised a claim of adverse possession, which Judge Janet Malone agreed raised a triable issue of fact sufficient to preclude the...
This week, Daniel Richmond and Kate Feinman obtained from the Town of Southeast Planning Board Site Plan, Conditional Use Permit, Architectural, and Wetland Permit Approval for a two-building logistics center/distribution facility, totaling 200,000 sf, with associated parking and loading spaces on a vacant property. Earlier this year, Dan and Kate also received approval of a...