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
Z&S Partners David Cooper and Jody Cross have secured another favorable decision in the second of two lawsuits filed on behalf of the Hampshire County Club against the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board concerning a proposal to develop 105 homes and a 9-hole golf course on the Club’s property. In June 2020, Hampshire filed an...
On October 26, 2022, the Appellate Division, Second Department issued a decision in Jaffe v. French-American School of New York, Inc. (Index No. 51577/2018), affirming Zarin & Steinmetz’s argument on behalf of the French-American School of New York (“FASNY”) that a nearly one-hundred year old restrictive covenant purporting to prohibit “institutions” did not prohibit the...
Z&S secured approvals from the Village of New Hempstead Board of Trustees in connection with a proposed Seasons Express convenience store, a 100% kosher convenience store and an affiliate to the national Seasons grocery store chain. In October 2022, the Village Board of Trustees granted Seasons Express’s application for a special use permit to allow...