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Q&A With Kyle M. Lawrence

Corporate and Securities Practice

What are your responsibilities in leading the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice?
My primary responsibility is making sure that the Firm has a unified approach in how it represents businesses. It's important to not only understand the specific matter on which a particular business needs legal representation, but to make sure that we all understand the exact nature of each client's business. Understanding how a client operates its business enables us to not only anticipate the client's needs, but also grants us the opportunity to refer business to our clients.

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Firm Expands with a New Location in Hauppauge

John Farrell Will Head Suffolk County Office

The Firm has opened a new office in Suffolk County, located at 1300 Veterans Highway in Hauppauge. The new location is reflective of the Firm's growing number of matters being handled in the County.

Firm Partner John Farrell will supervise the office. Mr. Farrell concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use, real estate transactions, environmental law, litigation and appeals and municipal law and legislative practice. He represents developers, property owners and franchisees in land use approval cases, municipal litigation and real estate transactions.

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New York City Land Use and Development Update

Reading Zoning Maps in New York City

As a land use and zoning attorney in New York City, I often counsel owners, developers, brokers, lenders, architects and other attorneys on how the city's zoning regulations affect properties in the city. This might include, for example, a lender seeking a zoning opinion before providing construction financing on a new development, an architect asking me to confirm calculations in a zoning analysis, or a real estate attorney seeking zoning advice before closing on a client's purchase.

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FIRM NEWS

Nassau County Bar Association to Recognize Hon. Edward G. McCabe

The Honorable Edward McCabe, Senior Counsel with the Firm, will be honored by the Nassau County Bar Association at the group's 119th Annual Dinner Dance on May 12 at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. Judge McCabe will be recognized for his 60 years as a practitioner of law. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a Nassau County Administrative Law Judge and a New York State Supreme Court Justice.

John Christopher Receives LIBN's 40 Under 40 Award

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, received the 40 Under 40 award from Long Island Business News at a special ceremony that was held on February 8 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

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Elaine Colavito to be Named One of Hofstra's Outstanding Women in Law

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, will be honored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University as one of its Outstanding Women in Law. A special ceremony will take place on April 24 at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho, starting at 6 p.m. Outstanding Women in Law celebrates women who have made a meaningful and inspiring contribution to the legal community. Later this year, Ms. Colavito will begin her term as President of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association.

Click here to read Ms. Colavito's biography.

Joshua D. Brookstein Receives Touro Law's Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Award and is Appointed NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Liaison to the Local and State Government Law Section

Joshua D. Brookstein, an Associate with the Firm, was honored by Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center with the Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year Award at a ceremony that took place on March 26 as part of the law school's Goods and Services Auction. Mr. Brookstein was recognized for his work as a coach and mentor of The Crescent School mock trial team. Last year, the team finished as one of the top 10 teams in Nassau County.

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John Christopher Honors Outstanding Young Lawyer at NYSBA's Annual Meeting

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm and Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS), presented Lanessa Chaplin of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2018 at the NYSBA's Annual Meeting on January 25 in New York City. They were joined by NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman.

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Kyle Lawrence Named As LIBN's "Ones To Watch" In Law

Kyle Lawrence was named as one of the "Ones to Watch" in Law by Long Island Business News for joining the Firm as Counsel. "Ones to Watch" is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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Matters of Interest

Firm Defends Suffolk County against LIPA Lawsuit

Jon Ward, a Partner with the Firm, is representing Suffolk County in litigation brought by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) challenging the county's enforcement of tax liens on all of its properties.

Court Rules Article 78 Proceeding Challenging Subdivision Application Was Time-Barred

Christian Browne and Joseph Bjarnson, Partners with the Firm, successfully represented a defendant-respondent in an Article 78 proceeding challenging a decision of the Nassau County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission granted the client's minor subdivision application, but two neighbors filed a challenge to the Planning Commission's action and sought to annul the subdivision approval. It is exceedingly rare for the court to hear a challenge to a minor subdivision approval.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW

Should College Student-Athletes Be Financially Compensated? Adam H. Koblenz Addresses the Issue in the University of Maryland Law School's Journal of Business & Technology Law

Adam H. Koblenz, a Partner with the Firm, published an article for the latest issue of the Journal of Business & Technology Law, a publication of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. The article discusses the controversy regarding college student-athletes and whether they should be paid. Mr. Koblenz points out that, with collegiate sporting events receiving greater exposure on TV and radio, and millions of dollars being made through endorsements, ticket sales and broadcast TV contracts, colleges and universities are reaping the rewards; however, student-athletes do not see any money for their performances.

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Elaine Colavito's "Bench Briefs" Appears In Suffolk Lawyer

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the April 2018 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

To review these decisions, click here.

Out and About

Firm Sponsors NYU Law School's Public Service Benefit

The Firm was a sponsor at New York University School of Law's Public Service Benefit, which took place on February 28th. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the law school's Public Interest Law Center, which supports students who work in summer public interest legal positions. Firm Member and Partner Dan Braff is an active alumni at the law school. He is a Weinfeld Associate and is also on the planning committee for his class' 15th reunion this spring.

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