Christopher E. Kent’s experience in real estate, land use, zoning and municipal law spans more than three decades and includes industrial development agency (IDA) and municipal approvals to assist commercial and economic growth in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Before joining Farrell Fritz in 2011, Chris served as the Chief Deputy County Executive and the Director of Real Property Acquisition and Management for Suffolk County.
How does your background help clients?
I have been involved with development applications from all sides of the transaction; as a private attorney, government representative, community advocate and an elected official. From that experience, I know what the decision makers are looking for when bringing a project to a municipality or regulatory or government agency for approval. This helps streamline the process and definitely benefits the client. The most important thing I can do for my client is listen to their needs and concerns. From that discussion, I determine the most efficient and practical approach to achieving their goals. Throughout the process, I am responsive and show the client that their matter is my concern and has my attention. That’s what clients want most: someone who’s listening and responding.
“At Farrell Fritz, our clients’ desired result becomes our shared goal. Our attorneys’ willingness to work together is what makes our efforts to achieve those results successful.”
What differentiates Farrell Fritz from other law firms?
There is a willingness by everyone at Farrell Fritz, from partners to all attorneys and support staff, to work together as a team for the success of each client. Results are important; when you have a shared effort to reach a shared objective, that’s the easiest path to success.
What are some of the ways you give back to the community?
I am on the Long Island YMCA Board of Directors, which allows me to help with their policymaking and fundraising for health, recreation and child care facilities that benefit people of all ages on Long Island. On the business side, I serve on the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s infrastructure workgroup. We are making important decisions on where to invest public monies to best serve the residents of Long Island and hopefully attract private investment to help the region grow economically. I am also a member of the Long Island Association’s (LIA) energy and environment committee and the LIA’s economic development and infrastructure committee. In addition, I serve on the Hauppauge Industrial Association’s (HIA-LI) board of directors.