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Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Lisa M. Cobb became Of Counsel to the firm in January 2015. With more than twenty years of experience, her practice at the Firm will concentrate in municipal law and litigation. Lisa will also handle the Firm’s appellate work. Lisa regularly counsels Planning and Zoning Boards on behalf of Dutchess County municipalities and represents those same municipalities in various litigation matters. She has participated in drafting local municipal zoning and building codes, and litigated the interplay between local zoning codes and the requirements of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law. She also has represented applicants in Article 78 and other proceedings against municipalities in Dutchess as well as surrounding counties.
Lisa’s name can be found on more than thirty reported decisions, including significant municipal and land use issues. In 315 Main Street Poughkeepsie, LLC v. WA 319 Main, LLC, for example, Lisa successfully argued that a neighbor did not have a prescriptive easement over the adjoining property. In Town of Wallkill v. Lachmann, Lisa successfully represented the Town in enforcing its right to enjoin a car dealership from operating.
Lisa also has numerous published articles on land use topics. Subjects have included an analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision concerning legislative prayer, “United States Supreme Court Upholds Tradition and Continues Controversy in Town of Greece v. Galloway,” published in the State Bar News and the Municipal Lawyer, and “Urban Chickens,” an overview of the zoning regulations concerning keeping poultry in residential areas, published in The Senior Lawyer and the Municipal Lawyer.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Cobb was a Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in its Antitrust Section. She received her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Dickinson Law Review and the Dickinson Environmental Law Review. She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a joint degree in English and Economics.
Lisa has volunteered extensively within the legal community. She presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Municipal Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. She organized and co-chaired the Fall 2011 Annual Meeting of the Section and will be a Co-Chair of the Section’s meeting in New York City in January 2016. Previously, she was a Committee Chair for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Trial Evidence Committee and its CLE and Teleconferences Committee. She has participated in numerous CLE programs throughout the country and moderated several national teleconferences on behalf of the ABA. She continues to be a regular presenter at various bar association programs, focusing on municipal law topics.