Adam focuses his practice on commercial real estate, with extensive experience in zoning, land use, telecommunications, environmental and real estate law. He has prepared zoning analyses and applications in support of zoning projects and secured zoning and land use approvals in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. He has counseled clients on all aspects of site development, including environmental due diligence, SEQRA, CEQRA, NEPA, SHPO, RLUIPA, FCC and FAA regulations. Adam has prepared CLE seminars on trends in land use/zoning case law, New York State Civil Procedure and SEQRA and regularly appeared before municipal planning and zoning boards.
Prior to joining Harris Beach, Adam expanded his experience by serving in-house as a senior counsel for the New York City Law Department Administrative Law Division and Deputy County Attorney for the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, Legal Counsel Bureau. In those roles, he provided counsel to municipal leaders and departments on implementation of state and local law. For Nassau County, Adam served as Records Access Officer, where he oversaw compliance with the County Lobbying Law and and served as liaison to the County Living Wage Law Advisory Board and the Long Island Regional Planning Commission. Adam also served part-time in the Litigation and Appeals Bureau, arguing before the Appellate Division, Second Department, and the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as handling Article 78 proceedings and other civil litigation matters.
While with the New York City Law Department, Adam oversaw specialized litigation involving New York City Land Use Boards, including the Board of Standards and Appeals and Landmarks Preservation Commission. He also prosecuted violations of the New York City Administrative Code pertaining to building and fire safety and assisted in various civil litigation matters, including representing the Department of Buildings, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Health, Loft Board and New York Police Department.