Lisa A. Azzato, Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Zoning and Land Use practice groups, advises clients on litigation matters, zoning and land use matters, municipal law, corporate and business transactions, labor and employment law, mediation and arbitration.
Ms. Azzato earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law where she received a merit scholarship and also received the American Jurisprudence Award in Ethics. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vassar College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors.
Over her more than 20 years of practice, Ms. Azzato has advocated on behalf of clients in commercial litigation matters, briefed and argued land use and zoning law issues before local planning and zoning boards and in state court, advised and counseled business clients on corporate and employee issues, prepared and negotiated business agreements and leases, and drafted commercial and residential real estate sales contracts. In addition to her work in the private sector, Ms. Azzato has also served as an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Islip where she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in litigating challenges to local zoning decisions, drafting municipal contracts, and providing legal counsel to commissioners and directors on issues relating to personnel, planning and development, and purchasing. Ms. Azzato has also handled the defense of employment discrimination complaints filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, she has defended complaints and violations before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County Department of Health.
Ms. Azzato is an experienced mediator and arbitrator, having mediated over 150 cases and arbitrated several complex commercial disputes. She serves as a mediator and arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association. She also serves as a mediator for the Supreme Court Commercial Division Mediation Programs in both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Additionally, Ms. Azzato has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution, and at Stony Brook University’s Harriman School for Management and Policy, teaching Labor Relations Law and Arbitration and Grievance Handling.
Commitment to her community is very important to Ms. Azzato. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of East End Arts. East End Arts is a multi-award winning not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island since 1972. The focus of East End Arts is to build and enrich the community through the arts by education, support, advocacy and inspiration. Ms. Azzato also proudly served on the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Long Island Chapter (2008-2014) whose mission it is to cure blood cancers and to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. Beyond her service on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Board, Ms. Azzato served as the Society’s Advocacy Delegate for Long Island seeking to advance the passage of legislation critical to the lives of cancer patients. Ms. Azzato also served on the Advisory Board of Dress for Success Brookhaven (2010-2013) whose goal is to empower disadvantaged women on Long Island to enter the workforce by providing job coaching, educational and networking opportunities and interview suiting.
Ms. Azzato is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, most recently serving as co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee from 2010 to 2012. She has been a speaker at continuing legal education programs including “Mediation: A Valuable Tool for Litigators,” “Commercial Mediation,” and “Representing A Client In Arbitration.” Ms. Azzato is the author of The Multi-door Courthouse Approach: A Look Across The Threshold, published in the Suffolk Lawyer.
Ms. Azzato also recently received the 2014 Women’s Recognition Award from the Town of Brookhaven in the category of law for her accomplishments in the field of law and her contributions to the community.