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. He also has extensive experience defending mortgage foreclosures.
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 a complex computer software arbitration resulting in a multi-million dollar award for the client, a mortgage foreclosure action and surplus money proceeding involving claimants including the estate of George Harrison, and representing plaintiffs in two pending "town taxpayer" statutory actions addressing uses of major properties in Southampton, New York. Mr. Murdock has been a finals judge at the annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl for four consecutive years.
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. He has an AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating.
Mr. Murdock is the author of Objecting to Admissibility of Summary Judgment Motion Evidence, featured in the New York Law Journal and Requiring Sellers to Attempt to Mitigate Damages on Property Buyers' Default which was published in the New York Law Journal on May 1, 2013.
Mr. Murdock was selected for inclusion on the 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. He is also an operatic tenor soloist, a multi-instrumentalist, and a recorded songwriter (ASCAP).