Hilary G. Atzrott

Associate
Atzrott Hilary

Hilary Atzrott works with clients in the drafting and negotiation of agreements related to the development, acquisition, and disposition of properties. Hilary is especially well versed in the intricacies of New York City's discretionary land use and zoning approvals process and advises on land use issues related to the purchase of mixed-use buildings, navigates complex zoning approvals, and guides environmental reviews. She provides creative solutions to development issues, regularly appearing before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, City Planning Commission, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

She also advises on and drafts agreements to facilitate the transfer of development rights throughout New York City. She conducts due diligence for residential, commercial, and land purchases, counsels outdoor advertising companies on complying with New York City's various sign and advertising regulations, and provides input on compliance with New York City's local laws regarding building emissions compliance.

Hilary's experience includes advising 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. She has assisted in the negotiation of a license agreement and consents for a pipeline facility serving a major transportation hub, advised a development team on the rezoning of a full-block site in Brooklyn, counseled a major Syracuse, New York stakeholder on an environmental review related to a major infrastructure project, represented an educational institution in obtaining a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to expand campus facilities, and obtained zoning approvals and a ground lease for a Manhattan museum.

Hilary also works on transactional matters, including drafting purchase and sale agreements for community facilities in Harlem, the Hudson Valley, and Queens; facilitating the sale of development rights between private developers in Brooklyn; and assisting in the acquisition of a full-block office complex in Delaware.

Hilary is a member of the New York City Bar Association's Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy and Building Emissions, and the Urban Land Institute.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Served as zoning counsel in arbitration over disputed consent rights between two large developers
  • Assisted in the preparation of a master lease agreement for an insurance company
  • Assisted a New York City hospital system in a review of development options and discretionary approvals for its real estate holdings
  • Represented gym companies in obtaining Board of Standards and Appeals "physical culture establishment" special permits
  • Represented a REIT in obtaining a variance for an irregularly shaped parcel in Queens
  • Represented a Manhattan-based educational institution in obtaining a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to expand campus facilities
  • Represented the purchaser in the acquisition of a full-block office complex in Delaware
  • Represented an educational facility in the lease of an underutilized building to a third party

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Credentials
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Education

  • 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 cum laude 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 

Recognition
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  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America's Ones to Watch, 2021
  • Named a "Rising Star" in New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2018 - 2020