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Firm News - 2018 2017 Legal News Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw, P.C. (SMHAL) Westchester Mt. Kisco NY Attorneys

SMHAL Wins Judgment Against Town of Bedford
December 11, 2018 — This matter is a combined Article 78 proceeding and Declaratory Judgment action challenging a local law adopted by the Town of Bedford Town Board that regulates the preservation of historic buildings outside of the existing historic districts in the Town. As part of the local law, the Town Board adopted criteria for identifying “historic” properties and regulations requiring review by a historic building commission of any proposed demolition or alteration of the buildings on those identified properties. The Town Board also incorporated into the law a survey identifying hundreds of properties in the Town that it determined should be subject to the local law.

Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw was retained by Mr. and Mrs. Santomero, who own property in the Town affected by the local law. On behalf of the Firm's clients, the Firm sought court review of both the constitutionality of the law and the procedure undertaken by the Town Board to adopt the law. In particular, the Firm urged the Court to find that the adoption by the Town Board of an inventory of historic properties en masse, without notice and public hearing as to each property, was in violation of the property owners’ due process rights. The Town sought dismissal of the constitutional claims and the remaining causes of action.

By Decision and Order of the Court (Hon. Anne E. Minihan), dated December 11, 2018, the Court denied the Town’s motion to dismiss the constitutional claims, and remanded to the Town Board “for a hearing, upon due notice, as to each property listed on the Survey.” The remaining causes of action of the proceeding were dismissed.

For additional reading, please see this article that appeared in the December 14, 2018 edition of the Record Review.

SMHAL Welcomes New Partner David Simon
December 3, 2018 — Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw is very pleased to introduce David Simon, who has joined the Firm as a Partner, focused on Litigation, Land Use & Zoning and Corporate. Mr. Simon is an accomplished litigator who has extensive experience in commercial, employment, construction and tort claims. He also counsels individuals and businesses on a variety of corporate and workplace issues.

Most recently, Mr. Simon was a Partner at a regional law firm, where his areas of focus included litigation, employment law and commercial transactions.

Moira S. Laidlaw is Recognized by Martindale-Avvo
November 6, 2018 — Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw is pleased to announce that Moria S. Laidlaw is the recipient of Martindale-Avvo's Platinum Client Champion award. The award is an exclusive recognition that demonstrates an attorney’s commitment to client service based on the quantity and quality of their scores on Martindale-Hubbell client reviews. Fewer than 1% of all attorneys have qualified to receive the award.

Platinum Client Champion, the top award, recognizes those attorneys who have received 10 or more client reviews and an average score of 4.5 or higher (out of 5.0).

Four SMHAL Attorneys Honored by Super Lawyers in 2018
October 21, 2018 — Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Super Lawyers list.

John S. Marwell, Land Use & Zoning, P. Daniel Hollis III, Business Litigation and Moira S. Laidlaw, Estate Planning & Probate, have been named to the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Gianna O. Corona, Estate Planning & Probate, has been named to the New York Metro 2018 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. Results of the rigorous selection process are published nationally, and honor a diverse list of exceptional attorneys.

Moira S. Laidlaw and Gianna O. Corona Present at Westchester Community College
On August 29, 2018, Moira S. Laidlaw and Gianna O. Corona presented at a Westchester Community College Transition Planning event for Students with Special Needs.

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