Daniel F. Leary

Daniel F. Leary


Dan is a Partner of the firm. He has over 20 years of experience getting projects approved and built for clients, with a focus on commercial, residential, mixed use, adaptive reuse, telecommunications, energy, zoning and related environmental law. Dan represents a diverse clientele including real estate developers, corporations, wireless carriers, public utilities, independent power producers, schools, non-profit organizations, municipalities and industrial development agencies. He achieves results for clients on a number of levels, including local land use review/approvals, State and Federal permitting and project compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, or “SEQRA”. He also has extensive experience with New York City DEP watershed regulatory and enforcement matters, including permitting under the NYC DEP’s Upgrade Program.Over the course of his career, Dan has secured permits and approvals for a wide variety of projects, including telecommunication facilities, professional offices, small to large retail, hotels, banks, restaurants, single family, multi-family, townhomes, condominiums, conventional and cluster subdivisions, medical, laboratories and other scientific/research facilities, manufacturing, warehouses, educational, industrial, institutional, mixed use, traditional neighborhood development (TND”), resort communities, golf courses, energy projects, affordable housing and senior housing. When necessary, he has successfully challenged and defended the decisions of local land use boards and other public agencies, including procedural and substantive challenges by way of CPLR Article 78 proceedings.

Dan has also been a First Deputy County Attorney, Town Attorney and Special Counsel to a number of municipalities. He has represented public and private clients in a wide array of municipal matters, including sewer, water, wastewater and other infrastructural projects, governmental economic development/incentive programs, public contracts, public finance (including IDA projects), procurement and real property taxation and assessment.

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Speaker/Panelist: “Economic Development in Your Community and How it Relates to Land Use and Zoning”, Dutchess County Planning Federation, 2014;
  • “Special Use Permits”, Municipal Lawyer, Vol. 12, No. 3;
  • Co-Author Orange County Planning Federation Training Program, Lecturer, 2008

Community Service

  • Member, Economic and Community Affairs Committee of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation; 2012-Present
  • Kennedy Catholic High School, Somers, NY, Board of Trustees; 2010 – Present
  • Great Hollow Wilderness School, Regional Y of Western Connecticut and Eastern Putnam, Board of Directors; 2004-2008
  • Naromi Land Trust, Board of Directors; 2006-2012
  • Sherman Historical Society, Board of Directors; 2000-2006
  • Sherman Library, Building Committee; 2001-2004


  • State of New York
  • State of Connecticut
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • New York State Bar Association (Environmental Law Section, Committee on the  Catskills and Adirondacks)
  • Dutchess County Bar Association