Leadership in Law

2011-2013

Adam H. Koblenz Receives LIBN's "Leadership in Law" Award.

Adam H. Koblenz received Long Island Business News’ “Leadership in Law” Award in the category of Associate. The ceremony took place on November 14 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Mr. Koblenz concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation and appeals. In addition to the firm’s duties, he currently serves as a Village Prosecutor for the Village of East Hills. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey, and before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and The George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Koblenz was also selected to the 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars”list. He was recognized in the practice area of General Litigation. Rising Stars is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

He is currently Vice President of the Men’s Division and Tennis Co-Chair of the Children’s Medical Fund of New York’s (CMF) 38th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic at the Glen Oaks Club. He recently helped organize the “Cycle for CMF” event at Lifetime Fitness in Syosset. The Town of Oyster Bay recently honored him for his dedicated service to CMF.

The Leadership in Law Award recognizes those attorneys who carry the following qualities in their profession: dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity and excellence. The award is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership — both in the legal profession and in the community — has had a positive impact on Long Island.


John Christopher Named Young Lawyer of the Month.

John Christopher was named Young Lawyer of the Month by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. Mr. Christopher, an associate with the firm, is an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

The profile is featured in the November 2013 issue of The Nassau Lawyer.

To read the article, click here.


Long Island Business News Honors Miriam Villani

Miriam Villani, a partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC, was honored as one of Long Island’s Most Influential 50 Women by Long Island Business News. A special ceremony took place on October 17 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Launched in 2000, LIBN’s Top 50 program recognizes the Island’s top women professionals in business, education, government and the not-for-profit fields for their business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

Ms. Villani was recognized for her aggressive legal representation of her clients in all environmental matters. She has guided many clients through business and property transactions using a variety of tools that helped them avoid potential environmental liability and has successfully represented clients before the environmental regulatory agencies so that they have paid significantly reduced penalties or avoided paying penalties altogether. In addition, she has litigated many environmental cases on behalf of her clients with good results.



Miriam Villani Named as One of LIBN's Top 50 Women.

Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker is proud to announce that one of its partners, Miriam Villani, has been named by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Women. She will be honored at a special ceremony, which will take place on October 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Launched in 2000, LIBN’s Top 50 program recognizes the Island’s top women professionals in business, education, government and the not-for-profit fields for their business acumen, mentoring and community involvement.

Ms. Villani was recognized for her aggressive legal representation of her clients in all environmental matters. She has guided many clients through business and property transactions using a variety of tools that helped them avoid potential environmental liability and has successfully represented clients before the environmental regulatory agencies so that they have paid significantly reduced penalties or avoided paying penalties altogether. In addition, she has litigated many environmental cases on behalf of her clients with good results.

In one well-known Long Island environmental case brought by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) against several potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) — including one of her clients — the United States District Court decided in favor of the PRPs on a motion for summary judgment. She argued that the statute of limitations had run before the state had offered and entered into tolling agreements with her client and the other PRPs so that the state was barred from bringing the action. The argument was complicated by the fact that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”) provides different statute of limitations for removal and remedial actions.


Super Lawyers Honors Six Attorneys from Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC

Four attorneys from Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC have been selected to the 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers list and two more attorneys from the firm have been selected to the 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the New York metro area are selected by Super Lawyers. Rising Stars is a more exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

The attorneys chosen by Super Lawyers and the practice area in which they were honored are:

These attorneys were chosen by Super Lawyers as the New York Metro area’s “Rising Stars” and the practice area in which they were honored:

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

“It is an honor to be named and it also brings credit to the firm to have so many of our attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers,” said Michael Sahn, who is the firm’s Managing Partner.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Daniel J. Baker and John Farrell Join Touro Law's Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Advisory Board.

Daniel Baker and John Farrell have been named Members of Touro Law School's newly launched Land Use & Sustainable Development Advisory Board.

Mr. Baker concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate transactions, zoning and land use planning, corporate law and transactions, tax certiorari and condemnation/property valuation, civil litigation and criminal defense. Mr. Farrell concentrates his practice in zoning and land use planning, litigation and appeals and municipal law and legislative practice. Both are graduates of Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Click here to read the press release from Touro College.


Dan Baker Was Named As Long Island Business News’ “Ones to Watch.”

Partner Dan Baker was recently named Long Island Business News’ “Ones to Watch” in Commercial Real Estate. He was one of a group of six people to be acknowledged by the magazine in that field.

Click here to learn more.


Michael H. Sahn is featured in Long Island Business News annual Who's Who guide for 2012.

Michael H. Sahn is featured in Long Island Business News annual Who's Who guide for 2012. The Who's Who guide is a compilation of profiles of the region's top business leaders in the fields of real estate, law, accounting, environmental, construction/building services, healthcare, banking, education and green industries. Michael is featured in the Who's Who in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law based upon his contributions and insight on some key issues in that area of the law that shaped the year.


Chris J. Coschignano Selected as a Recipient of a Leadership in Law Award

Chris J. Coschignano was selected as a recipient of a Leadership in Law Award by Long Island Business News. Long Island Business News created the Leadership in Law Awards to recognize individuals whose dedication to excellence and leadership, both in the law and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island. Awardees were selected by a committee of business leaders based on the biographical information submitted to Long Island Business News that reflected their professional accomplishments. SWCB Partner and Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Chris J. Coschignano and a distinguished group of awardees were honored at a special gala dinner on November 29, 2012 at The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

 


Michael H. Sahn Named By Super Lawyers For New York Metro Area 2012.

For the third consecutive year, Michael Sahn has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 5% land use and zoning lawyers in the New York metro area for 2012. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of the Thomson Reuters Legal division. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The objective is to create a comprehensive list of outstanding attorneys that can be used by attorneys and consumers seeking superior legal counsel.


Michael Sahn Selected For Long Island Business News Who's Who In Commercial And Residential Real Estate Law

Long Island Business News featured Michael Sahn in its annual report for 2011, Who's Who in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law. In an article published in this special section, Michael Sahn addressed the issues and trends surrounding the "greening" of municipal building codes, noting that New York and its municipalities have thus far moved slower than other jurisdictions in adopting green building standards, but that is likely to change dramatically in the next decade as the State finds ways to meet the Governor's Executive Order 24 of 2009, which directs New York State to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Click here to read the Long Island Business News article.


Michael H. Sahn Named By Super Lawyers For New York Metro Area 2011

For the second consecutive year, Michael Sahn has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 5% land use and zoning lawyers in the New York metro area for 2011. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of the Thomson Reuters Legal division. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. The objective is to create a comprehensive list of outstanding attorneys that can be used by attorneys and consumers seeking superior legal counsel.

Click here to read the online Super Lawyers New York- Metro / 2011 magazine.


Partner Miriam Villani Honored at Awards Gala for LIBN's Top 50 Most Influential Women

Members of the firm celebrated with Miriam Villani and her family at the Awards Gala held in celebration of the Top 50 Most Influential Women of Long Island, presented by Long Island Business News.

 


SWC&B Attorneys Recognized by Touro Alumni Publication

The Winter 2011 issue of The Touro Lawyer, the alumni publication from Touro Law Center, includes news about several SWC&B attorneys. News of Chris Coschignano and John Farrell joining the firm and the appointment of Dan Baker to serve as co-chair of the Real Property Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association are featured. Our Counsel Joseph Rosenberg is also in the issue, with an informative article on the use of Charitable Lead Trusts.


Touro Law Center Presents Dan Baker With Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney Of The Year Award

We congratulate Partner Dan Baker, who was recently presented with The Public Interest/Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Touro Law Center.  Dan was among a group of distinguished attorneys honored for his commitment and dedication to public service and pro bono work.   


Partner Miriam Villani Named to LIBN's Top 50 Most Influential Women

We are honored that our partner Miriam Villani has been selected as a member of the 2011 class of Long Island's Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, which recognizes the significant contributions of women professionals to the region's economy and communities. Miriam is a leading environmental lawyer who has made the education and professional development of fellow environmental lawyers one of her top priorities. Miriam will be honored at a special awards gala at The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY, on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

To learn more about the awards gala, click here.


Dan Baker Named Candidate For "Man Of The Year" Campaign From Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Long Island Chapter

We are pleased to support Dan Baker's efforts to win the "Man of the Year" campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Long Island Chapter. Every year, candidates across the country engage in a good natured fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man and Woman of the Year" titles.

Click here to visit Dan's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society web page.


 

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