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Appellate Practice Group Obtains Dismissal of Land Use Appeal

Firm partners, Zachary Murdock and David Lazer, moved successfully to dismiss the appeal of Pinelawn Cemetery in a case involving a stop work order issued by the Town of Babylon on Pinelawn property leased to the MTA/Long Island Railroad and operated by the firm’s client as a transloading facility. The court below had agreed with the operator and railroad parties that the Town was statutorily barred from regulating the facility. The Town and its Board of Zoning Appeals initially joined with Pinelawn in appealing the judgment but, prior to argument, stipulated to accept the judgment, vacate the stop work order, and withdraw their appeal. In a decision issued November 29, 2017, following argument of Pinelawn’s appeal and the respondents’ dismissal motion, the Appellate Division, Second Department agreed with respondents that the Town’s actions had rendered Pinelawn’s appeal academic “because a determination of the issues regarding the validity of the stop work order will not directly affect the rights of the parties and the issues raised do not warrant an exception to the mootness doctrine.” Matter of New York & Atlantic Railway Company, et al., v. Town of Babylon, et al., ___ A.D.3d ___ , 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 8419, 2017 NY Slip Op 08375 (2d Dep’t 2017).

Mark Curtis Joins the Firm as an Associate in the Banking Litigation Practice Group

The Firm is proud to welcome Mark Curtis as an associate in the Firm’s Banking Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Curtis is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2012) and Princeton University (A.B., 2007). He is involved in all phases of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, motions and appeals. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Curtis was a litigation associate with the Manhattan law firm of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP.

Christina Rosas Serves as Instructor for Fall 2017 “Foundational Lawyering Skills” Course at Hofstra School of Law

Christina Rosas, counsel in the Firm’s Trusts and Estates and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups, served as an instructor for a course entitled “Foundational Lawyering Skills” offered at Hofstra School of Law as part of its Fall 2017 curriculum. The course was designed to introduce second year law students to a cross-cutting theme of practice skills, including investigation and analysis of facts, the various stages of lawyering, either in the litigation or transactional context, client interviewing, client counseling and negotiation. Ms. Rosas provided assessment and feedback during eight two-hour small group skills labs, and observed and critiqued student performances in mock interviews, counseling sessions and negotiations.

Firm Sponsored Nassau/Suffolk Law Services’ Annual Fall Fundraiser, the Commitment to Justice Reception, Held on October 25th at the Larkfield

The Firm sponsored Nassau/Suffolk Law Services’ annual fall fundraiser, the Commitment to Justice Reception, held on October 25th at the Larkfield in East Northport. Firm attorneys Robin Abramowitz, Giuseppe Franzella, Todd Gardella and Christina Rosas attended on behalf of the Firm. Ms. Abramowitz and Ms. Rosas also serve on the Board of Directors for Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, an organization dedicated to providing equal access to basic human rights and services through the provision of high quality legal representation, public information and community advocacy training to ensure that low income, disabled and disadvantaged individuals have equal access to the civil justice system on Long Island. The Firm has sponsored this annual fall fundraiser since the inaugural event several years ago.

Firm Attorneys Closed a $18,095,000 Acquisition, Redevelopment and Financing of a 160 Unit Apartment Complex in Pooler, Georgia

Matt Lamstein and Jessica Moore of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, together with William Gartland and Max Sender of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group, closed the acquisition and financing of a 160 unit apartment complex in Pooler, Georgia. Mr. Lamstein and Ms. Moore represented the buyer in both its initial acquisition and financing as well as the tenancy-in-common structure arising as a result of like-kind exchanges. Mr. Gartland and Mr. Sender assisted with the corporate structuring of the transaction including the preparation of private placement memoranda, formation of the owner and management entities, drafting and negotiation of the operating agreements and tenancy-in-common agreement, and the preparation and completion of all required securities filings.
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