Zachary Murdock is a partner in and co-chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Murdock’s practice is wide ranging, emphasizing commercial and complex litigation, and land use and environmental cases.
Mr. Murdock has served as litigation counsel in some of the region’s most significant land use disputes including, with Hon. Leon D. Lazer, the successful “Pine Barrens” appeal, arguably the most important New York State environmental appeal in modern history. Other notable matters include obtaining a recent appellate reversal in an estate litigation increasing the net estate assets by more than $930,000, prevailing in a complex computer software arbitration resulting in a multi-million dollar award for the client, successfully representing George Harrison’s former business partner in a mortgage foreclosure surplus money proceeding involving claimants including the Harrison estate, and representing plaintiffs in two “town taxpayer” statutory actions and upon successful appeals addressing uses of major properties in Southampton, New York.
Mr. Murdock is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook (B.A., 1975), and Fordham Law School (J.D., 1984) where he was research assistant for Prof. Michael Martin’s “Evidence” Column in the New York Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in New York, the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Mr. Murdock has an AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating and was selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers New York – Metro Edition List (Business Litigation) for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He has served as a finals judge at the annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl for eight consecutive years. He is an operatic tenor soloist, a multi-instrumentalist, and a recorded songwriter (ASCAP).