Hilary G. Atzrott Hamburg

Atzrott Hilary

Hilary Atzrott Hamburg advises clients on complex development projects requiring discretionary land use approvals, as well as acquisitions and dispositions of real property and development rights. Hilary is especially well versed in the intricacies of New York City’s discretionary land use and zoning approval mechanisms and environmental review processes. Her land use background, coupled with her transactional experience, allows her to create holistic real estate solutions for clients that extend from project planning through completion.

Hilary provides creative solutions to development problems, including the conversion of buildings to alternative uses, redevelopment of parcels, and expansion of existing facilities. She is experienced in navigating land use applications before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), City Planning Commission, and Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), as well as ancillary applications at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and Department of Buildings (DOB).

Hilary began her career focused on land use matters. She soon realized clients need well-rounded real estate solutions that consider not only an immediate discretionary approval, but the associated transactions that may be required, such as acquiring an adjacent parcel, obtaining financing, negotiating an easement, or leasing a building.

Her practice encompasses diligence and zoning analysis prior to acquisition, strategizing on community outreach for land use applications, drafting purchase and sale agreements for the transfer of development rights, and counseling clients on leases.


Representative Matters

  • Advised one of New York City's largest not-for-profit employers on the review of development options and discretionary land use approvals for its real estate holdings, including the development of a ground-up medical facility, serving as lead associate on a BSA application
  • Represented a national not-for-profit in the sale of development rights in order to support its long-term mission. Obtained required government approvals needed to execute the transaction because affordable housing units were included in the development
  • Counseled a charter school on the expansion of a program within an existing building, including review of discretionary land use approval options
  • Negotiated a license agreement and consents for a pipeline facility serving a major transportation hub
  • Filed a successful Zoning Resolution Determination (ZRD1) request at the New York City DOB to allow a client continued use of a residential property based on zoning and multiple dwelling law interpretations
  • Advised a motion picture studio on Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) applications required to open an experimental retail store in New York City
  • Counseled a major Syracuse, New York stakeholder on an environmental review related to a major infrastructure project
  • Represented a multi-family residential developer in arbitration against a neighboring parcel, where the neighboring parcel attempted to develop a more than 1,000,000 sq. ft. mixed-use development in violation of a long-standing development agreement. Prevailed at arbitration in all respects, halting the development and protecting client's asset
  • Advised a major national transit company on the purchase of a 500,000 sq. ft. full-block office building
  • Counseled an educational institution on the implementation of New York City Local Law 97 energy projects
  • Represented a secured lender in the disposition of collateral in a multi-million-dollar Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) sale pursuant to UCC Article 9
  • Facilitated the sale of a parking garage in Harlem
  • Led a diligence team in the evaluation of a property acquisition for a spaceflight program




  • J.D. Environmental Certificate cum laude Pace University School of Law 2014
    • Senior associate (2013) and junior associate (2012), Pace Environmental Law Review
  • B.S. Finance and Marketing Saint Joseph's University 2011

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee; Subcommittee on Land Use Legislation, New York City Bar Association 


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021 – 2022
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, New York Metro, 2018 – 2021


Pro Bono

  • Drafted an Article 78 proceeding on behalf of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, to provide ADA-compliant access at polling places in Dutchess County, New York
  • Represents Mount St. Michael Academy, a Catholic high school, on leasing and not-for-profit compliance matters
  • Advises National Alliance on Mental Illness New York State (NAMI-NYS) on lobbying compliance

Personal Activities

  • Member, Hiring Committee, Venable
  • Co-chair, Summer Associate Work Coordinator – New York Office, Venable
  • Co-chair, Lateral Associate Committee – New York Office, Venable