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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

Phyllis Arnold’s practice focuses on New York City zoning, building, green building, and energy code issues within the firm’s Land Use Team. 

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 – 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 - present
  • 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
  • Kolot Chayeinu – Board of Directors

Phyllis Arnold’s practice focuses on New York City zoning, building, green building, and energy code issues within the firm’s Land Use Team. 

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

  • Sustaining State approvals for mixed use facility designed to modernize rail freight movement in NY metropolitan region, 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).
  • Extending regulatory definition of “family” to cover, and thus to protect from eviction, the surviving gay life partner of a deceased tenant, Braschi v. Stahl Associates, Co, 74 N.Y.2d 201 (1989).
  • Dismissing proceeding contesting City’s approvals for expansion of Frank Lloyd Wright structure, 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).
  • Sustaining revocation of erroneously issued building permit for condominium built 12 stories too tall, Parkview Associates v. City of New York, 71 N.Y>2d 274, cert. denied. 488 U.S. 814 (1988).
  • Rejecting one of the first major challenges in the City to an environmental impact statement prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act, 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).
  • Holding video games unprotected by the First Amendment and thus subject to City’s regulation of their location, America’s Best Family showplace, Corp., v. City of New York, 536 F. Supp. 170 (E.D.N.Y. 1982).

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 – 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 - present
  • 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
  • Kolot Chayeinu – Board of Directors

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