John C. Armentano focuses his commercial litigation practice in land use and municipal law matters, including the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and environmental rules and regulations. He represents clients before municipal boards, including town boards, planning boards and zoning boards. He also provides counsel to various municipalities in Nassau and Suffolk County.
What are the biggest challenges your clients face in the land use realm?
The approval process for development can be difficult to manage; and if that process doesn’t go well, there’s the preparation for, and anticipation of, litigation. To mitigate potential problems, we meet routinely with local civic organizations to discuss local projects. I’ve worked on projects ranging from development of Suffolk County waterfront to deciphering the nuances of Nassau County building standards for subdivisions on behalf of developers. I’ve also represented local municipalities – towns and villages – in defending their decisions and interpreting municipal law regarding property and its use.
“Success is developing and building close relationships.”
How do you maintain good client relationships?
The key is to always be accessible to my clients. I proactively reach out to the client frequently, whether or not I have new developments, just to touch base. Sometimes, I just check in with a simple phone call.
What sets Farrell Fritz apart from other area firms?
Farrell Fritz has significant roots in Nassau and Suffolk County. We are an all-encompassing, full-service firm. Our attorneys can take on nearly every type of case, from the most complex commercial transaction to the simplest wills and trusts. We stand among Long Island’s premier law firms. We are well-respected in the courtroom and in the business community.
How do you give back to the community, and why is it so important?
I serve as counsel for the Captain James Corrigan Memorial Foundation, which is a foundation related to September 11. I also serve as counsel to the Peconic River Sportsman’s Club. I have also volunteered by representing indigent tenants in Nassau County.