Hilary Atzrott Hamburg works with clients in the drafting and negotiation of agreements related to the acquisition, development, and disposition of properties. Drawing on her prior experience in government relations and finance, Hilary understands the perspective of a variety of stakeholders to a transaction, allowing her to formulate practical, collaborative solutions to complex problems.
Hilary's practice encompasses the full spectrum of real estate services. She conducts zoning review for site acquisitions, drafts development agreements for the construction of projects, and drafts purchase and sale agreements for the acquisition or disposition of commercial properties. She represents landlords and tenants in leasing matters, negotiates easements and license agreements for major infrastructure projects, and creates declarations and by-laws for commercial condominiums.
Hilary is especially well versed in the intricacies of New York City's discretionary land use and zoning approvals processes. She navigates multi-agency zoning approvals for some of the city's largest not-for-profits and works with environmental consultants to create and preserve robust administrative records for City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) environmental processes. She regularly appears before city agencies, including the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, the City Planning Commission (for both Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and non-ULRUP applications), and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. She works with clients in obtaining approvals from the Public Design Commission and the Department of Transportation. Hilary additionally advises on and drafts agreements to facilitate the transfer of development rights and submits Zoning Resolution Determinations (ZRD1s) to the Department of Buildings.
Hilary has been a member of the New York City Bar Association Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee since 2008, and has served as secretary of the Committee since 2022. She also serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Building Emissions, and the Urban Land Institute. On top of her day-to-day responsibilities, Hilary is a co-chair of the New York Women Attorneys at Venable (WAVe) Committee. She also sits on the firm's hiring committee. Outside of Venable, Hilary volunteers with Rising Ground, a youth mentorship program, through the New York Junior League. She previously served as a co-chair of the organization's LIFT (Lead, Inspire, Focus, Thrive) Committee.