Zoning and Land Use
Real Estate Law and Transactions
Municipal Law and Legislative Practice
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., 2007
Villanova, B.A., Political Science, 2003
New York State
United States Supreme Court, admitted 2015
American Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Association
John Christopher is a Partner with Sahn Ward PLLC, who concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, zoning and land use planning, real estate transactions and leasing, and landlord/tenant disputes.
Mr. Christopher is an active member of the New York State Bar Association. He serves as an officer of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the NYSBA, where he currently holds the position of Chair, and has previously held the positions of Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, Mr. Christopher serves as a Section Delegate to the NYSBA House of Delegates and Liaison to the Real Property Law Section.
Mr. Christopher’s publications include the following: “Even Substantial Area Variances Are Warranted Under The Statutory Balancing Test When There Is No Detriment To The Surrounding Community,” Report From Counsel (Vol. XII, No. 2) Fall/Winter 2011; “When It Is Proper To Impose A ‘Recreation Fee’ As A Condition To Site Plan Approval For Residential Development,” Report From Counsel (Vol. XII, No. 1) Spring/Summer 2011; “Update On Recent Case Law Regarding The Use And Scope Of The State’s Power Of Eminent Domain,” Report From Counsel (Vol. XI, No. 2) Fall 2010; “The Unsettled Law of Eminent Domain,” Report from Counsel (Vol. XI, No. 1) Spring/Winter 2010; “Current Issues in Land Use and Zoning: The Impact of an Increase of Business at a Property with an Established Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use,” The Nassau Lawyer, April 2009; and “Temporary Zoning and Planning Moratoriums,” The Nassau Lawyer, April 2007.
In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. Christopher was selected to the list of Metro New York Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars.” He was recognized in the practice area of Real Estate Law. In 2013, he was named Young Lawyer of the Month by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. In 2014, Mr. Christopher received the Leadership in Law Award in the Associate Category from Long Island Business News.
Mr. Christopher was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 2008.
Mr. Christopher graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University (2003) and received his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (2007), magna cum laude.
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