My Work

Second Circuit
New York Court of Appeals
Merits Briefs
  • Brief for Respondent, Coopertstown Holstein Corporation v Town of Middlefield (New York Court of Appeals)
    Question presented: May a local municipality use its zoning powers to ban fracking?

  • Brief for Respondents-Appellants, Matter of County of St. Lawrence v Shah (New York Court of Appeals)
    Question presented: Do local social services districts have vested rights entitling them to Medicaid reimbursement for services provided to mentally disabled Medicaid recipients before the Legislature changed the law to say that no reimbursement is owed?
Amicus Briefs
  • Amicus Brief in Support of Appellants, Matter of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve v New York State Adirondack Park Agency (New York Court of Appeals)
    Question presented: Do the Rivers Act and Adirondack Park Master Plan prohibit the development of a community connector snowmobile trail open to the public through a wild river area of the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve?

  • Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents/Appellants, Protect the Adirondacks! Inc. v New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (New York Court of Appeals)
    Question presented: When does a proposed cutting of timber in the State’s protected Forest Preserve run afoul of the Forever Wild clause of the New York Constitution’s express prohibition on the sale, removal, and destruction of timber?
Motions for Leave to Appeal
  • Motion for Leave to Appeal, Fox v 12 East 88th LLC (New York Court of Appeals)
    Question presented: Where a landlord and an ongoing rent stabilized individual tenant enter into a lease naming the individual’s wholly-owned corporation as tenant instead of the individual, who remains the ongoing actual occupant, resulting in a holding of deregulation under the Rent Stabilization Code, is the corporate lease void ab initio, and would a contrary result effectively establish a blueprint for landlords and tenants to collusively agree to deregulate rent stabilized properties?

  • Motion for Leave to Appeal, Semlear v Incorporated Vil. of Quogue (New York Court of Appeals)
    Question presented: Do the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southhampton have power to regulate the use of the ocean beaches under pre-Revolutionary War grants from the King of England?
Appellate Division
  • Brief for Appellants, Matter of Hart v Town of Guilderland Planning Board (Appellate Division, Third Department)
    Question presented: Did the Town of Guilderland Planning Board, as SEQRA lead agency, comply with all procedural and substantive requirements of SEQRA when reviewing a residential project and a proposed Costco Wholesale facility?

  • Brief for AppellantPaul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences v Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg (Appellate Division, Third Department)
    Question presented: Did a title to a property that was conveyed exclusively for use for church purposes revert to the grantor when the Diocese closed the parish and stopped using the church building for worship?
    Oral argument video
  • Brief for Respondents, Matter of  Village of Woodbury v Seggos (Appellate Division, Third Department)
    Question presented: Did the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation properly grant a water supply permit to the Village of Kiryas Joel?