This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2011 Newsletter.

New Developments at the Firm

     Founding partner Michael Sahn travelled to Washington, D.C. on June 13th to attend The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. In its twelfth 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. Through an alliance with the Law Library of the Library of Congress, The Burton Awards brings together distinguished members of the judiciary and the legal profession.

     “The highlight of this exciting event was meeting both United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” said Michael, who was invited to this excusive event. “Both Justices circulated throughout the room, conversing with everyone. It was an incredible evening, and a memorable experience.”

     The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement was established in 1999, dedicated principally to rewarding effective legal writing and excellence in the law. The program honors partners in law firms, counsel to corporations and law school educators and students. The awards program recognizes achievements in public service, reform in the law, and general legal scholarship. The awards are selected, generally, by a panel of professors from prestigious law schools, including Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Michigan Law School, and members of the Judiciary and distinguished lawyers, among others.To learn more, visit


The Firm is very pleased to welcome our newest associates, Adam H. Koblenz and Andrew M. Roth. Before joining the Firm, Adam was associated with a prominent national firm on Long Island. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and appeals. Adam also serves as a Village Prosecutor for the Village of East Hills, and is an active member of the Children’s Medical Fund of New York.

Andrew Roth was previously associated with prominent law firms on Long Island. Andrew also concentrates his practice on complex commercial and corporate litigation. His clients include privately held corporations, business owners, real estate developers, real estate appraisers, lenders, partnerships, and municipalities in all litigation matters. To read Adam’s and Andrew’s complete biographies, please visit the Attorney Profile section of our website.


The Firm is proud to announce the launch of two new blogs on our newly re-designed website. One blog focuses on developments in land use municipal and zoning law, and the other concentrates on environmental law. Partners Chris J.Coschignano and Miriam E. Villani serve as the Editors-In-Chief of these respective blogs, with contributions from several of our attorneys, whose practices cover these and other specialized areas of the law.

The Home Page of our website is updated frequently with news, events and other matters of importance involving the Firm, as well as updates on our attorneys. We encourage you to visit regularly 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

Developments in the Law

Completion of Vested Building Projects in New York City

When it is Proper to impose a "Recreation Fee" as a Condition
to Site Plan Approval for Residential Development

Matters of Interest at the Firm

Out & About

Up Close & Personal


Firm Partners

Michael H. Sahn

Jon A. Ward

Chris J. Coshignano

Daniel J. Baker

 Kenneth Auerbach

Miriam E. Villani

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