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Firm News - 2015 2015 Legal News Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw, P.C. (SMHAL) Westchester Mt. Kisco NY Attorneys

SMHAL Obtains Approvals for Corporate Campus
December 2015 - The Firm represented the owner/developer of a 120-acre corporate campus in Northern Westchester and won zoning, planning and SEQRA approvals for its adaptive reuse, permitting 120,000 SF of retail space, 500,000 SF of office space, 91 market-rate town homes, and 28 Stipulation-compliant affordable rental apartments.

SMHAL Welcomes New Partner Anne Aicher
December, 2015 - Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw, P.C. is pleased to announce that Anne Aicher has been named a Partner of the Firm. A graduate of the Albany Law School of Union University and St. Lawrence University, Ms. Aicher focuses on commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and estate administration. Anne can be reached at (914) 666-5600 ext. 306 and

SMHAL Secures Variances for Historic Residential Property
November 2015 - The Firm represented the owners of an historic residential property in a Northern Westchester community and won lot coverage variances for the construction of additions and alterations, thereby preserving the integrity of the property for its owners and future generations.

Firm Wins Lot Coverage Variances for Construction of Swimming Pool
November 2015 - The Firm represented the owners of a residential property in a Northern Westchester community and won lot coverage variances to permit the construction of a swimming pool, spa/waterfall, and pergola after resolving concerns asserted by neighboring property owners.

Two SMHAL Attorneys Honored as Super Lawyers
October, 2015 - John S. Marwell has been named to the 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers List and Diana Bunin Kolev has been named to the Rising Stars List. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of "outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement." Each year, no more than 5 percent of the attorneys in New York State are named to Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. The rigorous selection process includes independent research and peer nominations and evaluations.

Ethan I. Strell Published in New York Law Journal
On October 22, 2015, The New York Law Journal published "Too Good to Be True? Volkswagen, Audi, and the Future of Diesel," by Ethan I. Strell and Christine A. Fazio. This article analyzes conflicting laws and policies that contributed to Volkswagen’s diesel scandal, discusses Volkswagen’s reliance on a less costly and ultimately less effective pollution control technology, and describes similar past Clean Air Act violations by other vehicle manufacturers.

Moira S. Laidlaw Presents Elder Law Seminar
On October 6, 2015, Moira S. Laidlaw presented "Elder Law Asset Protection" to volunteers and caregivers at Northern Westchester Hospital's Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center. The free seminar covered topics ranging from health care proxies and financial powers of attorney to pooled trusts.

P. Daniel Hollis III is Featured Speaker at MHL Bar Association
On October 2, 2015, P. Daniel Hollis III presented “Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions” to the Mamaroneck Harrison Larchmont Bar Association. The talk cautioned practitioners as to the dangers of not performing a thorough due diligence for a property when representing buyers on both the legal and environmental levels.

Ethan I. Strell Quoted in Climate Change Business Journal
In the article "Resilience Now Embedded in New York City Planning" in the Third Quarter 2015 edition of the Climate Change Business Journal, Ethan I. Strell was interviewed about New York City’s leadership in the integration of climate change adaptation considerations into the environmental review of projects.

New York Law Journal Publishes Ethan I. Strell Article on Domestic Environmental Law
On June 25, 2015, the New York Law Journal published an article co-authored by Christine A. Fazio and Ethan I. Strell. The article, entitled "Green Infrastructure, Stormwater and Water Quality" highlights examples of emerging green infrastructure programs across the country, as well as some of the challenges posed by integrating green infrastructure into the legal structure of the Clean Water Act.

Moira S. Laidlaw is a Featured Speaker at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center
As part of a Senior Law Day mini series, Moira S. Laidlaw presented "10 Greatest Gaffes in Estate Planning" at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, on June 2, 2015. Senior Law Day is an annual event offering free consultations to seniors or caregivers on subjects ranging from Elder Care and Estate Planning to Medicaid/Medicare.

Moira S. Laidlaw Speaks at Crabtree's Kittle House Inn
Moira S. Laidlaw presented "Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes" to the Northern Westchester Investment Group at the Kittle House Inn in Chappaqua, NY, on June 1, 2015. The lecture addressed often over-looked asset protection strategies.

Moira S. Laidlaw Presents Seminar on Estate Planning
On May 5, 2015, Moira S. Laidlaw presented a free hour-long seminar on how to protect your assets at the Pound Ridge Library in Pound Ridge, NY. Her program, entitled "Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes", was designed for seniors and caregivers.

P. Daniel Hollis III Elected President, Diana Bunin Kolev Secretary, of County Bar Association
The Firm is honored to announce that P. Daniel Hollis III was elected President of the Westchester County Bar Association and that Diana Bunin Kolev was elected Secretary. Dan and Diana will be sworn in and assume their duties on May 7, 2015.

SMHAL Settles Title Insurance Litigation
The Firm successfully settled litigation in March 2015 against two title insurance companies. SMHAL had commenced the litigation on behalf of a developer client.

New York Law Journal Article on Hydrofracking Published
On February 26, 2015, Ethan Strell co-authored an article in the New York Law Journal entitled “Fracking Report Concludes More Health Studies Are Needed,” discussing the New York State Department of Health report on natural gas hydraulic fracturing, which the State used as the basis for continuing to ban hydrofracking in New York State.

SMHAL Negotiates Multi-Family Deal
In February, 2015 the Firm represented the seller of two multifamily apartment buildings in New York City.

SMHAL Aids in Restructure of Loan
In January, 2015, SMHAL represented the borrower in the restructuring of a mortgage loan secured by a Putnam County Shopping Center.

Clients Secure Variances
The Firm won a range of variances in 2014 and 2015 on behalf of different clients, including variances for a private school’s master plan; the installation of a new, state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility at a hospital; a lighted tennis court in a Northern Westchester town that does not permit lighted tennis courts; and for the replacement of a previously removed swimming pool.

Moira S. Laidlaw Receives Elder Law Certification
Firm partner Moira S. Laidlaw received her certification as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. CELAs must complete a rigorous full-day examination and demonstrate that their law practice is actually focused on special needs and elder law. Ms. Laidlaw is one of only approximately 400 CELA-certified attorneys in the United States.

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