Mr. Murdock has served as litigation counsel in some of the region’s most significant land use disputes including, with Hon. Leon D. Lazer, the successful “Pine Barrens” appeal, and representing plaintiffs in two “town taxpayer” statutory actions and upon successful appeals addressing uses of major properties in Southampton, New York. Other notable matters include successfully representing an electric power authority in federal district court and appellate First Amendment litigation concerning creation of an eruv, obtaining an appellate reversal in an estate litigation increasing the net estate assets by more than $930,000, prevailing in a complex computer software arbitration resulting in a multi-million dollar award for the client, obtaining vacatur of a stop work order concerning a railroad transload facility and the dismissal of the subsequent appeal, and successfully representing George Harrison’s former business partner in a mortgage foreclosure surplus money proceeding involving claimants including the Harrison estate.
Mr. Murdock is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook (B.A., 1975), and Fordham Law School (J.D., 1984) where he was research assistant for Prof. Michael Martin’s “Evidence” Column in the New York Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Mr. Murdock has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating and has been selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers New York - Metro Edition List (Business Litigation) for 2013 through 2019. He has served as a finals judge at the annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl for ten consecutive years. He is an operatic tenor soloist, a multi-instrumentalist, and a recorded songwriter (ASCAP).
Mr. Murdock is the author of articles including:
Statewide Appellate Rules Are Cause for Celebration, New York Law Journal, August 7, 2018
Requiring Sellers to Attempt to Mitigate Damages on Property Buyers’ Default, New York Law Journal, May 1, 2013
Objecting to Admissibility of Summary Judgment Motion Evidence, New York Law Journal, March 4, 1996
FEB 26 2019
Served as Judge at 2019 Long Island High School Ethics Bowl
Zachary Murdock, a member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, served as a judge for the 2019 Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation. Mr. Murdock was a finals judge for the tenth consecutive year. The competition, held on February 2, 2018 at Hofstra University, featured participants from schools throughout...
NOV 15 2018
Named to 2018 “Super Lawyers” List
Six attorneys from the Firm have been re-selected to the “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” lists in the 2018 Super Lawyers, New York Metro Edition. Re-selected for inclusion on the “Super Lawyers” list are the following attorneys: David Lazer (Business Litigation); Zachary Murdock (Business Litigation); Russell Penzer (Business Litigation); and Samuel Yedid (Real Estate). Also...
AUG 07 2018
Authored Statewide Appellate Rules Are Cause for Celebration Published in the New York Law Journal
Zachary Murdock of the Firm’s Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups authored an article entitled “Statewide Appellate Rules Are Cause for Celebration,” published in the August 7, 2018 New York Law Journal.
Feb 05 2018
Served as Judge at 2018 Long Island High School Ethics Bowl
Zachary Murdock and Todd M. Gardella, members of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, served as judges for the 2018 Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation. Mr. Murdock was a finals judge for the ninth consecutive year. The competition, held on February 3, 2018 at Hofstra University, featured participants from...
Jan 29 2018
Obtains Ruling Restricting D.E.C.'S Authority to Issue Long Island Sand Mine Expansion Permit
Firm litigation partner Zachary Murdock, representing neighbors opposing expansion of mining in the 50-acre “Sand Land” sand mine in the Southampton hamlet of Noyac, obtained a significant ruling by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Chief Administrative Law Judge in a proceeding by the mine’s owner seeking to expand its permitted mining area...