Associate - Land Use & Zoning

Buffalo, NY, USA ● Pittsford, NY 14534, USA ● Syracuse, NY, USA Req #376
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale, Washington, D.C. and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.

Location: Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo, NY (Hybrid remote opportunity)


Description: Harris Beach seeks an associate with 3-5+ years of diverse experience in land use, zoning, environmental, and related litigation experience. The successful incumbent will be an energetic self-starter with a thorough understanding of relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations, and experience appearing before municipal boards and courts.


  • Review and prepare zoning applications and assist in navigating municipal approval processes.
  • Appear before municipal boards, zoning boards of appeal, planning boards and/or other municipal review boards on behalf of client.
  • Knowledge of applicable land use and environmental statutes and regulations including SEQRA, RCRA, CERCLA, New York Navigation Law, NYC ULURP, NEPA, and NY Town, Village and City Laws.
  • Some litigation experience with Article 78 proceedings, zoning challenges, and environmental claims.


  • 3-5+ years of experience in land use, zoning, environmental and related litigation
  • Must have experience in front of municipal boards
  • Must be admitted in New York State
  • Must have excellent research and writing skills
  • Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Must be able to function effectively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated high level organizational skills for prioritizing workload
  • Demonstrated ability to absorb, process and understand new information rapidly
  • Maintains high standards of performance
  • Exhibits conscientiousness, dedication, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility
  • Must have a professional, cooperative, positive, and flexible attitude
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities within various levels of the organization
  • Military experience welcome
Salary information below will vary depending upon relevant experience for the position and geographic locations. 

Harris Beach is committed to an inclusive environment, and we welcome applications from diverse candidates. Harris Beach PLLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


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Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $115,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $130,000.00