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SUMMER 2015 John Ward named to Long Island Business News’ “Ones to Watch”. Daniel H. Braff offers New York City land use and development update. Joseph Bjarnson named 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice. Long Island Business News interviews Wayne Edwards on strategies for small businesses. Partners Jon A. Ward and Andrew Roth, with Associate Joseph R. Bjarnson, win temporary restraining order suit that allows kennel to re-open for business. Miriam Villani represents developer of waterfront property in Glen Cove. Elaine Colavito’s “Bench Briefs” were published in Suffolk Lawyer. Sahn Ward Coschignano sponsors 2015 Marcum Workplace Challenge. Michele Pincus joins Pink Aid Long Island in giving grant to Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition. John Christopher is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court during NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Washington D.C. Summer Meeting.

WINTER 2014 Sahn Ward & Coschignano expands its practice into New York City. In the New Developments in the Law, Christian Browne and Michele Pincus joined the firm as partners. Long Island Business News honors Adam Koblenz for his "Leadership in Law" and Miriam Villani as one of its Top 50 Most Influential Women. Brian S. Stolar is appointed to represent the Village of Woodsburgh. Michele Pincus was featured in Long Island Business News. Michael Sahn attended the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. Michael Sahn and Adam Koblenz co-author the article "Navigating Unchartered Waters in Land Use Development." John Farrell explains "Establishing, Maintaining and Expanding Nonconforming Uses."

SPRING 2013 Chris J. Coschignano was selected as a recipient of a Leadership in Law award. In New Developments in the Law, Michael H. Sahn wrote "Let's make Hurricane Sandy the catalyst for change so we don't suffer the same catastrophic damage again." Adam Koblenz cited emerging trends in Facebook, Twitter and other social media in New York State Court litigation and criminal proceedings. Daniel H. Braff was promoted to Partner. Michael H. Sahn was named by Super Lawyers for the New York Metro Area for 2012. Daniel S. Cohan joined Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker as Counsel. Elaine M. Colavito was named to Nassau County Women's Bar Association's Board of Directors. Miriam Villani and Jason Kaplan attended the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section;s Fall meeting in Lake Placid.

SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Michael Sahn attends The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in Washington, D.C., along with distinguished guests Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Stevens. We welcome distinguished attorneys Wayne G. Edwards, Esq., Brian S. Stolar, Esq., and Joseph Bjarnson, Esq. to the firm. Articles examine new developments in the law regarding “Smart Growth,” Suffolk County land bank and brownfield redevelopment, and the New York State Legislature’s adoption of a new law to allow more flexibility in granting extensions of time to complete requirements of conditional approval of final subdivision plats. Long Island Business News featured Michael Sahn in its annual report for 2011, Who's Who in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law, and recognized Adam H. Koblenz in the “LI Lawyer Ones to Watch” column that appeared in the June 8-14 issue. Brian S. Stolar and Jason Kaplan are featured in Up Close and Personal.

FALL/WINTER 2011 The firm is honored to have Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano cut the ribbon for the new office space on the seventh floor. Michael Sahn was named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top 5% land use and zoning lawyers in the New York Metro area. Three articles: Directors and Officers Liability and the Fiduciary Duty Owed to the Corporation and its Shareholders Under New York Law; "Greening" New York State and Local Building Codes; Even Substantial Area Variances Are Warranted Under the Statutory Balancing Test When there is No Detriment to the Surrounding Community. The firm welcomes new associate Elaine Colavito. Up Close & Personal section highlights Adam Koblenz.

SPRING/SUMMER 2011 Michael Sahn attends The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in Washington, D.C., along with distinguished guests Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Sotomayor. We welcome our newest associates Adam Koblenz and Andrew Roth to the firm. Articles examine new developments in the law regarding the completion of vested building projects in New York City and the imposition of “Recreation Fees” as a condition to site plan approval for residential development. Miriam Villani is honored by Long Island Business News as one of the most influential women on Long Island, and Daniel Braff is featured in Up Close and Personal.

FALL 2010 We are honored that Chris Coschignano has become a member of our firm, which has been renamed in recognition of his many accomplishments. We also welcome our newest associate John C. Farrell and Daniel Braff, who has joined the firm as Counsel. Articles examine developments in non-conforming uses and an update on recent case law regarding the state's power of eminent domain.

WINTER/SPRING 2010 We are proud to report that former Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Hon. Edward G. McCabe has joined the firm as Special Counsel. Two articles: the continuing legal controversy regarding the use of eminent domain in large scale development projects, and a discussion of a recent decision of the Court of Appeals that revisits the issue of the right to commence a legal action in SEQRA litigation.

SUMMER 2009 We introduce Miriam E. Villani, Kenneth Auerbach and Erik Zaratin, who have recently joined the firm. Featured article examines a Court decision that defines the relationship between SEQRA and local and state land use and zoning applications.

FALL 2008 Thomas McKevitt is re-elected to the New York State Assembly and we welcome Joseph Rosenberg as Counsel to the firm.  Featured articles on pre-existing non-conforming uses and the standard of judicial review in Article 78 proceedings.

SPRING 2008 Dan Baker is honored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Understanding and complying with SEIS, FEIS, DEIS and SEQRA Requirements in New York State.

FALL/WINTER 2007 Hon. Sol Wachtler, former Chief Judge of NY Court of Appeals, visits the office. The doctrine of vested rights and its impact on landowners.

SPRING 2007 Our growing municipal law practice includes being appointed as Counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board of the City of Glen Cove. Article examines the increasing use of SEQRA.

FALL 2006 Articles on court decisions concerning adverse possession and a look at new legislation that has led to significant changes in requirements for limited liability companies.

SPRING 2006 The firm moves to the prestigious Omni Building in Uniondale.  Articles on new municipal hearing notice requirements and temporary building moratoriums.  The firm wins a major zoning matter, Waldbaum’s Inc. v. The Incorporated Village of Great Neck.

FALL 2005 The impact of US Supreme Court decision on Kelo v. City of New London re eminent domain. Jon Ward is named a member of the Chicago Title Insurance Company Nassau County Advisory Board.

SPRING 2005 The firm welcomes Richard Weinberg as Counsel. Articles on the upcoming Kelo v. City of New London decision and news about matters handled by the firm.

FALL 2004 Article by Jon Ward on Appellate Court trends in land use litigation. News about matters handled by the firm.

SPRING 2004 The firm successfully represents a family whose waterfront property is caught in a tug of war between the DEC and a local zoning board. Article on the increasingly difficult task of determining when the statute of limitations begins to run to sue governmental agencies to challenge administrative decisions.

FALL 2003 Michael Sahn appears in The New York Times and Jon Ward is published in Nassau Lawyer and Real Estate Weekly. Attempts by the State Legislature to define “Smart Growth.”

WINTER 2003 Daniel Baker is appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Article on credit shelter trusts.

SUMMER 2002 Details on the Real Property Revaluation being conducted by Nassau County as the result of a lawsuit brought by homeowners in Roosevelt, NY. News concerning matters successfully represented by the firm.

SUMMER 2001 Article on an U.S. District Court’s ruling regarding a local zoning board’s denial of an application by a telecommunications company for a special permit to construct a 110 foot high monopole.   Michael Sahn is featured in a Newsday article on the risks of co-signing mortgage loans.

WINTER 2001 Two upstate courts render decisions underscoring the importance of complying with SEQRA when securing approvals for land use applications.  The firm represents commercial property owners in Roslyn Heights seeking to stop construction of a sound barrier wall.

SUMMER 2000 The first issue of “Report From Counsel” reports on several successful land use matters. Michael Sahn joins with the Nassau County Planning Commission to present a lecture before the NY Condemnation Conference concerning the development of the Nassau County Transportation Hub.

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