Areas of Practice

Municipal Law

Municipal law includes an understanding of zoning, land use planning, historic preservation, environmental review, and the operation of government.

This firm's service and commitment to the community provide a unique understanding of local government and allow us to assist both municipal and private clients in making intelligent decisions in the various areas of municipal law. Moreover, as with most other areas of practice, this firm has a demonstrated, successful history of litigating municipal law issues, both on behalf of municipalities and on behalf of individuals or other entities in a variety of contexts, including zoning, historic preservation, art, and contract.

Partner Rich Stumbar has a long history of municipal service, including as special counsel for Tompkins County in tax certiorari proceedings, as Ithaca City Attorney, as Town of Danby Attorney, and as counsel for the non-for-profit Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. Partner Ray Schlather was a member of the Common Council of the City of Ithaca for eight years and a member of the city's Board of Public Works for six years, and has served on several municipal committees, commissions, and other initiatives over the years.

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