Municipal Law, Land Use Attorneys - Garden City, Long Island, New York
A. Thomas Levin
A. Thomas Levin is a Member of the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. and Chair of the firm's Local Government, Land Use and Environmental Compliance practice and the Professional Responsibility practices. He originated and chairs the firm's Veterans' Scholarship Program at Nassau Community College. Mr. Levin represents private and public sector clients in the fields of local government law, land use regulation, environmental review compliance, cable television franchising, commercial litigation and appeals, and matters relating to professional responsibility, ethics and disciplinary proceedings.
Notable experience includes:
Village Attorney for the Nassau County villages of Great Neck Estates, Hewlett Bay Park, North Hills, Rockville Centre, and Thomaston. Former Village Attorney for the villages of Hewlett Neck, Kensington, Lawrence, Oyster Bay Cove, Saddle Rock and Woodsburgh
Present or former special counsel to numerous municipalities and school districts, including Nassau County, City of Long Beach, City of Glen Cove, Town of Hempstead, Town of North Hempstead, Town of Brookhaven, Town of Southampton, villages of Baxter Estates, Brookville, East Williston, Freeport, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Laurel Hollow, Lawrence, Manorhaven, Munsey Park, Oyster Bay Cove, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Port Jefferson, Port Washington North, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Russell Gardens; Saddle Rock, Sea Cliff, Westbury, Williston Park and Woodsburgh; Bay Shore School District; Copiague School District; Hempstead School District; Hewlett-Woodmere School District; Jericho School District; Ossining School District; Rockville Centre School District; Nassau Community College; Old Westbury Gardens; Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education, Great Neck/North Shore Cable Commission and The Public Access Television Corporation
Special Prosecutor for the Village of North Hills and the Village of Great Neck Estates
- Former Senior Deputy Nassau County Attorney for Appeals; former Counsel to the Nassau County Planning Commission
- Former Law Secretary to New York State Supreme Court Justice
Mr. Levin is a former President of the 77,000 member New York State Bar Association (June 2003 - June 2004) and is a Life Member of that Association's House of Delegates. He served in various capacities as a member of the NYSBA Executive Committee from 1995 to 2005. He is also a member of the Executive Committees of the NYSBA Municipal Law Section, International Section and Senior Lawyers Section. He also serves or formerly served as Chair, member or Executive Committee Liaison to many committees of that Association, including the Law, Youth & Citizenship Committee, Special Committee on Law Firm Structure and Operations (MDP), Bylaws Committee, Committee on Legislative Policy, President's Special Committee on Access to Justice, Special Committee on Court Structure and Judicial Selection, Special Committee on Legal Issues Affecting Same Sex Couples, Special Committee on Youth Courts, and the Nominating Committee.
Mr. Levin also served as New York State Bar Association representative on the New York State Independent Judicial Qualification Commission for the Tenth Judicial District.
He is a former Trustee of the New York State Bar Foundation, and is a Sustaining Fellow of that organization and the American Bar Foundation, and is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Mr. Levin is a former President of the Nassau County Bar Association (1991-1992), and is a Life Member of that Association’s Board of Directors, a past President and Trustee of the Nassau County Bar Foundation, and a co-founder and former Vice President of the Nassau Bar Tech Center, Inc. He also has served as President of the National Caucus of State Bar Associations, Chair of the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders, member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, Governor of the Brown University Alumni Association, and President of the Brown University Club of Long Island, Inc. He is Counsel to, and a former Trustee and Secretary, of, the Nassau Land Trust. Mr. Levin is also a Trustee of, and Counsel to, the Historical Society of the New York Courts.
Since 1971, Mr. Levin has been the Editor of the "Bench Book for Trial Judges," first published by the New York State Judicial Conference and the Office of Court Administration, and now published by Thomson-Reuters. He is the author of numerous other legal articles, and a frequent lecturer on legal topics including commercial litigation, zoning and land use, civil rights law, municipal law, environmental quality review compliance, professional ethics and current professional issues.
In the public service field, Mr. Levin has been counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the New York State Assembly, and to the Joint Legislative Committee on the State's Economy, and has been active in numerous community and charitable organizations. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Community Foundation, the Nassau Symphony Orchestra, the Nassau County Legal Aid Society, the Advisory Board of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, and the Land Use Law Center Conference Board at Pace Law School. He is Chair of the Advisory Council of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, Inc. Mr. Levin is pro bono counsel to the RVC Conservancy and RVC Foundation, and has been pro bono general counsel to the Day Care Council of Nassau, Inc. and the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center for more than forty years. He also represents many not for profit organizations and individuals on a pro bono basis.
Mr. Levin is also a member of the Committee for an Independent Public Defense Commission and New York Leadership for Accountable Government.
Mr. Levin has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who's Who in the World. In 2013, Mr. Levin was named an Access to Justice Champion by the Nassau County Bar Association for his dedication in providing legal representation on a pro bono basis. He was recognized by American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources”, and in 2013 and 2014 as “Top Rated Lawyer – Land Use and Zoning”. In 2013 he also received the International Municipal Lawyers Association James H. Epps III Award for Service to Municipal Clients (2013).
In 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as a New York Super Lawyer. He also received the Long Island Business News 2011 Leadership in Law Award, and in 2012 received the Vanguard in Diversity Award from the Metropolitan Black Bar Association for his accomplishments in promoting diversity in the legal profession. Mr. Levin is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence, and was recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine from 2010-2014 as one of the region's "Top Legal Eagles". In 2006 he was awarded the "Public Interest Attorney of the Year" from Touro Law Center. Mr. Levin was the May 2003 Alumnus of the Month for New York University School of Law. He was also the recipient of the "Commitment to Justice" Award presented by the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee in 2002, and has been recognized as an “Empire State Counsel” by the New York State Bar Association annually since 2006 for the strong support he has given to pro bono services, his outstanding leadership in the legal community, and his devotion to improving the justice system on Long Island.
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1967
Brown University, A.B., 1964
American Bar Association,
Standing Committee on Public Education,
State and Local Government’s Committee on State Attorneys General and Department
of Justice Issues, Founder Member
New York State Bar Association
The Florida Bar
United States Virgin Islands Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Association Admissions
New York State
State of Florida
U.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Martindale-Hubbell Rating
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