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Phyllis Arnold

Counsel

, Bryan Cave LLP
New York

Tel

1 212 541 1205

Fax

1 212 541 1405
phyllis.arnold@bryancave.com
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Phyllis Arnold

Counsel


New York



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

Phone:

1 212 541 1205

Fax:

1 212 541 1405

email:

phyllis.arnold@bryancave.com

As a member of the firm’s Land Use Team, Phyllis Arnold focuses her practice on New York City zoning, building, green building, and energy code issues. She represents clients seeking permits and approvals before the city’s Department of Buildings; pursues appeals and applications for discretionary approvals before the Board of Standards and Appeals, and the City Planning and Landmarks Preservation Commissions; and counsels clients on compliance with local zoning and building codes. Ms. Arnold performs zoning due diligence reviews for lenders and prospective property purchasers and drafts and negotiates purchase and sale agreements and zoning lot development and easement agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Arnold was deputy commissioner for enforcement and legal affairs and general counsel at the New York City Department of Buildings for more than a decade. While there, she was primary legal counsel for the new building code enacted in 2008 and also played a key role in designing the department’s implementation strategy for energy efficiency legislation and related green building initiatives. Most recently, Ms. Arnold served as executive director at the Center for Code Reform, a non-profit helping governments adopt, implement, and assess the efficacy of green building and energy codes.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Administrative Law Committee (2012-Present); Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee (1994-1996); Environmental Law Committee (1996-1997)

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • St. John’s University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2011-2012
  • Recipient of Dorothy Marie Miner Award for Outstanding Service as Counsel to an Agency, 2008
  • Recipient of Municipal Affairs Committee Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for outstanding promise, ability, and achievement in public service law, 1984

 

As a member of the firm’s Land Use Team, Phyllis Arnold focuses her practice on New York City zoning, building, green building, and energy code issues. She represents clients seeking permits and approvals before the city’s Department of Buildings; pursues appeals and applications for discretionary approvals before the Board of Standards and Appeals, and the City Planning and Landmarks Preservation Commissions; and counsels clients on compliance with local zoning and building codes. Ms. Arnold performs zoning due diligence reviews for lenders and prospective property purchasers and drafts and negotiates purchase and sale agreements and zoning lot development and easement agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Arnold was deputy commissioner for enforcement and legal affairs and general counsel at the New York City Department of Buildings for more than a decade. While there, she was primary legal counsel for the new building code enacted in 2008 and also played a key role in designing the department’s implementation strategy for energy efficiency legislation and related green building initiatives. Most recently, Ms. Arnold served as executive director at the Center for Code Reform, a non-profit helping governments adopt, implement, and assess the efficacy of green building and energy codes.

Select Representations

  • Represented the owner of the building that has been home to Chumley’s, in a successful appeal to reinstate a building permit to allow for the completion of repairs required for the well-known establishment to reopen. Chumley’s is the West Village Prohibition-era speakeasy forced to close in 2007 due to the building’s structural failure.
  • South Bronx Clean Air Coalition v. NYS Department of Transportation, 218 A.D.2d 520 (1st Dep’t), appeal denied, 87 N.Y.2d 803 (1995) (sustaining State approvals for mixed use facility designed to modernize rail freight movement in NY metropolitan region).
  • Braschi v. Stahl Associates, Co, 74 N.Y.2d 201 (1989) (extending regulatory definition of “family” to cover, and thus to protect from eviction, the surviving gay life partner of a deceased tenant).
  • Guggenheim Neighbors v. Board of Estimate of City of New York, No.29290/87 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co., June 10, 1988), aff’d, 145 A.D.2d 998 (1st Dep’t 1988), appeal denied, 74 N.Y.2d 603 (1989) (dismissing proceeding contesting City’s approvals for expansion of Frank Lloyd Wright structure).
  • Parkview Associates v. City of New York, 71 N.Y.2d 274, cert. denied. 488 U.S. 814 (1988) (sustaining revocation of erroneously issued building permit for condominium built 12 stories too tall).
  • Coalition Against Lincoln West, Inc., v. City of New York, 94 A.D.2d 483 (1st Dep’t), aff’d, 60 N.Y.2d 805 (1983) (rejecting one of the first major challenges in the City to an environmental impact statement prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act).
  • America’s Best Family Showplace, Corp., v. City of New York, 536 F. Supp. 170 (E.D.N.Y. 1982) (holding video games unprotected by the First Amendment and thus subject to City’s regulation of their location).

Bar and Court Admissions

New York, 1982

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education

Columbia University, J.D., 1981

Sarah Lawrence College, A.B., 1976

Publications

  • "Department of Buildings - Long Awaited Changes Make Their Appearance," CITYLAW (Vol. 11, Number 5 September/October 2005)
  • With Stephen B. Land, "Payroll Tax Reform Can Have an Environmental Dividend," Corporate Legal Times (April 1996)
  • "Betwixt and Between:  Adolescents and HIV," AIDS Agenda: Emerging Issues in Civil Rights, 41-67 (Nan D. Hunter and William B. Rubenstein eds., 1992)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Administrative Law Committee (2012-Present); Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee (1994-1996); Environmental Law Committee (1996-1997)

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • St. John’s University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2011-2012
  • Recipient of Dorothy Marie Miner Award for Outstanding Service as Counsel to an Agency, 2008
  • Recipient of Municipal Affairs Committee Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for outstanding promise, ability, and achievement in public service law, 1984

Related Practices

Education

  • Columbia University, J.D., 1981
  • Sarah Lawrence College, A.B., 1976

Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York