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Judy Gallent, leader of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s U.S. Planning and Zoning Practice Group, counsels both private and public sector clients on all aspects of land use and development law in New York City. Following law school, Judy served as a law clerk to the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., first on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Honest, thorough, and straightforward, Judy brings her litigation background to bear in developing strategies and clear, concise presentations for the numerous agencies with whom she interacts on behalf of her clients. Her many years of successfully navigating the network of agencies and their protocols has given her a thorough understanding of the discretionary land use review process, allowing her to efficiently secure approvals for development projects.

In addition to developers, both large and small, Judy also represents public transportation agencies, schools, not-for-profit institutions and municipalities.

The bottom line - There is no better guide to the mind-boggling maze of land use and development law in New York City than Judy Gallent.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018-Present
    • The Legal 500 US, Real Estate – Land Use/Zoning, 2017-Present
    • Recipient, City & State Reports’ 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Award
    • New York City Urban Fellow, 1985-1986
    • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1989
    • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990
    • Recipient, City & State Reports’ 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Award
    • New York City Urban Fellow, 1985-1986
    • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1989
    • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990
    • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1989
    • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990
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Professional Affiliations

    • Real Estate Board of New York - Zoning Committee
    • New York State Bar Association – Municipal Law Section
    • American Bar Association
    • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Special Committee on Land Use, Planning and Zoning, Secretary, 1992-1994; Member, 1994-1997; Municipal Affairs Committee, 1997-1998
    • American Bar Association
    • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Special Committee on Land Use, Planning and Zoning, Secretary, 1992-1994; Member, 1994-1997; Municipal Affairs Committee, 1997-1998
    • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Special Committee on Land Use, Planning and Zoning, Secretary, 1992-1994; Member, 1994-1997; Municipal Affairs Committee, 1997-1998
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Representative Experience

  • Represented building owner before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and New York City Planning Commission in obtaining a special permit to modify applicable use regulations to permit ground floor retail in a portion of a building located in a residential zoning district in the Upper East Side Historic District.
  • Representing building owner before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and New York City Planning Commission in obtaining a special permit to modify applicable use and bulk regulations to permit second story retail in a building located in the Greenwich Village Historic District.
  • Represented Flushing Commons LLC, a joint venture of The Rockefeller Group Development Corporation and TDC Development and Construction Corporation, as developer in obtaining land use approvals in connection with the Flushing Commons project in Queens, an $850 million project consisting of the redevelopment of a 5.5-acre, city-owned municipal parking lot into a 1.6 million-square-foot mixed-use development, including residential, commercial and community facility uses, as well as below-grade public parking.
  • Represented the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the sale of several hundred thousand square feet of excess development rights appurtenant to MTA-owned land to the owner of an adjacent property in Queens, New York.
  • Represented a developer in obtaining variances to facilitate the development of four townhouses and a 16-story, mixed-use residential property, as well as a retail building containing 29 dwelling units and 10 parking spaces in a manufacturing district.
  • Represented a developer before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals in obtaining zoning use and bulk variances related to the construction of a residential building in a zoning district in which residential use is not permitted in New York City.
  • Represented a property owner in the rezoning of a large lot in the Bronx, New York.
  • Represented the developer of a large assemblage in Manhattan in connection with the rezoning of the site and negotiations with the Landmarks Preservation Commission resulting in the decalendaring of the property.
  • Represented a private school in obtaining variances to facilitate the development of a new building.
  • Represented a developer in obtaining a certification for a FRESH food zoning bonus in connection with a new residential building in Manhattan.
  • Represented owners of property located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the rezoning of the site to increase the allowable floor area. 

Publications

  • “New York’s High Court Creates Another Obstacle for Property Owners Asserting Regulatory Taking Claims,” Environmental Law In New York, No. 5, May 2000 (co-author with Robert S. Davis) 
  • “Court of Appeals Rejects Heightened Scrutiny In Determining Whether Rezoning Effects A Taking,” Municipal Lawyer, No. 1, January/February 2000 (co-author with Robert S. Davis)
  • “ADEC Reexamining Hazardous Waste Regulations,” Environmental Law in New York, No. 1, January 1993
  • “Indoor Air Pollution,” Environmental Law in New York, No. 6, July 1991

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Zoning Rules! Legal Permissibility - The Threshold of Highest and Best Use, New York Metro Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, Oct. 20, 2015