Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of "Report from Counsel," a Newsletter for the Firm's clients and the other professionals who consult with the Firm, updating them on our practice as well as important new developments in the law.

New Developments at the Firm

Michael Sahn Attends the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement

     Founding partner Michael Sahn traveled to Washington, D.C. on June 11th to attend The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. In its thirteenth year, The Burton Awards recognizes and rewards legal scholarship, writing and achievements in the law by partners and counsel from the nation’s law firms, members of the Judiciary and legal educators. The honoree of this year’s awards was Justice John Paul Stevens (retired). A new segment of this years program, “Point/Counterpoint,” featured a spirited debate between two distinguished attorneys on the Health Care Mandate in advance of the United States Supreme Court’s historical ruling on the Affordable Care Act. To learn more, visit www.burtonawards.com.

Michael Sahn with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.,
at the 13th Annual Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.


The Firm Welcomes Distinguished Attorneys
Wayne G. Edwards, Esq.,  Brian S. Stolar, Esq.  and Joseph Bjarnson, Esq.

Wayne G. Edwards, Esq. Brian S. Stolar, Esq. Joseph Bjarnson, Esq.

     The Firm is honored to welcome distinguished attorneys Wayne G. Edwards and Brian S. Stolar, who have joined the Firm as Partners.  We also welcome Joseph Bjarnson who has become a litigation associate with the Firm.

     Mr. Edwards concentrates his practices in the areas of zoning and land use planning and real estate law and transactions, including acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing. His practice includes representation of many of our regions’ most prominent real estate owners and developers.

     Mr. Stolar concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use planning, real estate development, municipal law, and litigation. He represents private property owners and municipalities, and appears regularly before municipal boards in connection with land use applications.

     Joseph Bjarnson, was previously associated with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he concentrated his practice in commercial litigation.

     To learn more about Mr. Edwards, Mr. Stolar and Mr. Bjarnson, visit the Attorney Profile section of our website.


     The Home Page of the Firm’s newly re-designed website is updated frequently with news, events, matters of importance involving the Firm, and updates on our attorneys. We also update our two blogs, the Environmental Law Blog, and the Land Use and Municipal Law Blog, on a regular basis, with substantive legal developments and issues of current interest. We encourage you to visit www.swcblaw.com and subscribe to our blogs to stay fully up-to-date, as we have designed the website to be a resource for legal information as well as information about the Firm.


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Table of Contents

Cover Page

New Developments at the Firm

New Developments in the Law

Beyond Smart Growth:
New Urbanism

Suffolk County Land Bank and Brownfield Redevelopment

NYS Legislature Adopts New
Law to Allow More Flexibility in Granting Extensions of Time to Complete Requirements of Conditional Approval of Final Subdivision Plats

Matters of Interest at the Firm

Out & About

Up Close & Personal


Firm Partners

Michael H. Sahn

Jon A. Ward

Chris J. Coschignano

Daniel J. Baker

 Miriam E. Villani

Wayne G. Edwards

Brian S. Stolar

Andrew M. Roth

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