photograph of Stuart R. Shamberg

(April 4,1926 – January 1, 2017)

Our beloved colleague, mentor and founding partner, Stuart R. Shamberg died on January 1, 2017 at the age of 90.

Stu was born on April 4, 1926 in New Rochelle, New York.

After graduating from New Rochelle High School in 1944, Stu joined the Navy and served in World War II. Upon his discharge, he attended Cornell on the G.I. Bill and returned to Cornell Law School to obtain his law degree.

Stu loved to share with all of us in the firm his tales of working construction through his college and law school days.

Stu founded our law firm in 1971.

Stu was known and respected for many progressive changes and steps forward in land use law in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Stu served as lead counsel in Berenson v. the Town of New Castle, which eliminated exclusionary zoning in the State of New York.

The Berenson case decision was rendered in December of 1977 and both the New York Times and the Patent Trader had editorials celebrating the decision.

Stu was quoted in the newspaper at the time … in his inimitable style:
“I don’t think Northern Westchester should be a private country club based on zoning.”

Stu loved his clients and loved to fight for them, especially when he thought a particularly glaring wrong had been perpetrated against them. He was never happier professionally than gearing up for a trial.

Stu was overwhelmingly generous in the sharing of his knowledge, spirit and his passion for the law.

Stu was a giant of man in our profession. He created a legacy of excellence for our firm which we try to honor every day.