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Robert S. Davis

Partner

, Bryan Cave LLP
New York

Tel

1 212 541 2386

Fax

1 212 541 1386
rsdavis2@bryancave.com
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Robert S. Davis

Partner


New York



1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10104-3300

Phone:

1 212 541 2386

Fax:

1 212 541 1386

email:

rsdavis2@bryancave.com

Robert Davis has concentrated his practice in land use, historic preservation and environmental law for approximately 30 years, in both government and private practice.  He is responsible for matters involving regulations governing the use and development of real property, including environmental and land use permitting and transactional counseling, administrative proceedings, litigation and environmental impact review, with a particular emphasis in matters arising under the New York City Zoning Resolution and Landmarks Preservation Law.

Mr. Davis’ clients include major real estate developers, lenders, religious, health and educational institutions, and state and municipal agencies.  His clients have included: Boston Properties, Avalon Bay Communities, New York University, Tishman Hotels, Rockrose Development Corp., TF Cornerstone, Madison Equities, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Consolidated Edison Company, the Witkoff Group, the Tamarkin Co., Bertelsmann, Viacom Outdoor, Inc., the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Empire State Development Corporation, Rockefeller University and the towns of New Castle, Mamaroneck and East Hampton.  On behalf of these and other clients, Mr. Davis has successfully prosecuted applications for zoning changes, variances and special permits, applications to construct new buildings and alter existing buildings in historic districts, applications to alter individually designated landmark buildings, and he has participated in the conversion of non-residential buildings to residential use.  He has successfully represented a municipality in constitutional takings litigation and has represented a variety of clients in litigation defending land use permits and challenging the denial of such permits.

Mr. Davis has served as chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as a member of its Land Use Committee and as chair of its Property Management Committee.  He has also chaired the Association’s Project on the Homeless.  He served for more than 20 years as a trustee of Project Renewal (formerly the Manhattan Bowery Corporation), a non-profit organization that provides employment, job training, medical care, shelter and other social services to homeless persons who are mentally ill and substance abusers, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Van Alen Institute.  He also served as counsel to the Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and to the Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice. Following law school, Mr. Davis served as law clerk to the Hon. Jon O. Newman, then a judge of the United States District Court, District of Connecticut.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Special Committee on Commitment Procedures,1975-1981; Municipal Affairs Committee, 1982-1984; Environmental Law Committee, 1984-1990 (Chairman, 1987-1990); Project on the Homeless, Chairman, 1994-1996; Land Use Committee, 1997-1999; Property Management Committee, Chairman, 1998-2000

  • New York State Bar Association – Environmental Law and Municipal Law Sections

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Law Clerk to Hon. Jon O. Newman, U.S. District Judge, District of Connecticut, 1974-1975

  • Project Renewal (formerly the Manhattan Bowery Corporation) – Trustee

  • Van Alen Institute – Trustee

  • New York City Planning Commission – Counsel to Chairman, 1980-1981

  • Counsel to Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice, New York City, 1978-1980

  • The Best Lawyers in America – 2006-2015
  • Super Lawyers – 2006-2013

Robert Davis has concentrated his practice in land use, historic preservation and environmental law for approximately 30 years, in both government and private practice.  He is responsible for matters involving regulations governing the use and development of real property, including environmental and land use permitting and transactional counseling, administrative proceedings, litigation and environmental impact review, with a particular emphasis in matters arising under the New York City Zoning Resolution and Landmarks Preservation Law.

Mr. Davis’ clients include major real estate developers, lenders, religious, health and educational institutions, and state and municipal agencies.  His clients have included: Boston Properties, Avalon Bay Communities, New York University, Tishman Hotels, Rockrose Development Corp., TF Cornerstone, Madison Equities, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Consolidated Edison Company, the Witkoff Group, the Tamarkin Co., Bertelsmann, Viacom Outdoor, Inc., the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Empire State Development Corporation, Rockefeller University and the towns of New Castle, Mamaroneck and East Hampton.  On behalf of these and other clients, Mr. Davis has successfully prosecuted applications for zoning changes, variances and special permits, applications to construct new buildings and alter existing buildings in historic districts, applications to alter individually designated landmark buildings, and he has participated in the conversion of non-residential buildings to residential use.  He has successfully represented a municipality in constitutional takings litigation and has represented a variety of clients in litigation defending land use permits and challenging the denial of such permits.

Mr. Davis has served as chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as a member of its Land Use Committee and as chair of its Property Management Committee.  He has also chaired the Association’s Project on the Homeless.  He served for more than 20 years as a trustee of Project Renewal (formerly the Manhattan Bowery Corporation), a non-profit organization that provides employment, job training, medical care, shelter and other social services to homeless persons who are mentally ill and substance abusers, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Van Alen Institute.  He also served as counsel to the Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and to the Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice. Following law school, Mr. Davis served as law clerk to the Hon. Jon O. Newman, then a judge of the United States District Court, District of Connecticut.

Bar and Court Admissions

New York, 1975

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut and Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York

Education

Yale University, J.D., 1974

Wesleyan University, B.A., cum laude, 1969

Professional Affiliations

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Special Committee on Commitment Procedures,1975-1981; Municipal Affairs Committee, 1982-1984; Environmental Law Committee, 1984-1990 (Chairman, 1987-1990); Project on the Homeless, Chairman, 1994-1996; Land Use Committee, 1997-1999; Property Management Committee, Chairman, 1998-2000
  • New York State Bar Association – Environmental Law and Municipal Law Sections

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Law Clerk to Hon. Jon O. Newman, U.S. District Judge, District of Connecticut, 1974-1975
  • Project Renewal (formerly the Manhattan Bowery Corporation) – Trustee
  • Van Alen Institute – Trustee
  • New York City Planning Commission – Counsel to Chairman, 1980-1981
  • Counsel to Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice, New York City, 1978-1980
  • The Best Lawyers in America – 2006-2015
  • Super Lawyers – 2006-2013

Education

  • Yale University, J.D., 1974
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., cum laude, 1969

Admissions

  • New York, 1975
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut and Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York