Practice/Industry Group Overview
Starting at the foot of the learning curve is not an option in navigating the land use regulation process for complex development projects. Wilson Elser's land use attorneys draw on the strengths of our real estate, municipal, environmental and government relations practices to provide the strategic legal guidance that can bring our clients' projects to fruition quickly, efficiently and effectively. When necessary, we also bring to bear our substantial experience as litigators in representing clients before state and federal courts on zoning and land use controversies, as well as environmental and real estate matters.
Wilson Elser's land use attorneys draw on the strengths of our real estate, municipal, environmental and government relations practices to provide the strategic legal guidance that can bring our clients' projects to fruition quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Real estate development today is a complex endeavor that regularly involves multiple governmental approvals, often on the federal, state and local levels. Sorting out complicated land use regulations, permit requirements and detailed environmental impact reviews requires the guidance of legal professionals who understand not only the applicable laws but also the thinking of the government officials who apply them.
For more than a decade, Wilson Elser has been the leading government relations firm in Albany, representing the largest corporations and not-for-profit entities on their most complex and difficult issues. We enjoy an insider understanding of the governmental and political processes within which land use decisions are made and bring this knowledge to bear for our land use clients seeking financial assistance and state approvals. It is one of the reasons why our practice attorneys are requested by industry associations and other organizations to speak and teach about land use and environmental impact review.
Our attorneys also engage in extensive representation of local governments with many serving on the planning and zoning boards that make local land use decisions. The relationships that our government relations attorneys have developed over many years, combined with our on-the-ground experience in local land use, give us a distinct edge in assessing and influencing the local governmental landscape and the individuals who control local land use regulation. The result is a substantial advantage in efficiency and effectiveness for our clients in making the complex strategic and tactical decisions required of them as they navigate the development process.