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 Municipal Law, Land Use and Environmental Compliance practice and the Professional Responsibility practice. 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 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, Lawrence North Hills, Rockville Centre, Thomaston and Woodsburgh. Former Village Attorney for the villages of Hewlett Neck, Kensington, Oyster Bay Cove and Saddle Rock
Present or former special counsel to numerous municipalities and school districts, including Nassau County, City of Long Beach, the 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, 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 and Williston Park; 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 as a member of the NYSBA Executive Committee, as Vice President, At Large Member, and Secretary, 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, and has 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.
He also served on the New York State Independent Judicial Qualification Commission for the Tenth Judicial District and as Chair of the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders.
He served as a Trustee of the New York State Bar Foundation and is a Sustaining Fellow of that organization and the American Bar Foundation, and as 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 of the Bar Association of Nassau County Fund, Inc., 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, member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, member of the Brown University Alumni Association Board of Governors, and President of the Brown University Club of Long Island, Inc. He is a Trustee of, and Counsel to, the Nassau Land Trust and also served as Secretary of this organization. Mr. Levin is also a Trustee of, and Counsel to, the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York.
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 a member 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 County, Inc. and the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center for over thirty-five 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 2012, he was recognized as a New York Super Lawyer. He also received the Long Island Business News 2011 Leadership in Law Award. Mr. Levin is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence, and was recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2010 and 2011 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, recognizing 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.