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Bob Burgdorf’s practice concentrates on general real estate law, zoning, and legal services to higher education institutions. Representative clients include private developers, public utilities, college and universities, energy companies, and commercial landlords and tenants.
I have concentrated much of my practice in representing companies in contested land use and zoning projects, including securing permitting for more than 2,000 cell tower sites over the last 30 years for the nation’s largest cellular telephone provider. Related experience involves litigation arising out of the permitting for these types of projects as well as real estate litigation generally, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, and other general real estate and development matters.
My practice also includes providing the broad range of legal services necessary for the day-to-day operations of higher education institutions.
Land use and zoning matters have become increasingly complex as municipalities seek to regulate more rigorously what are often scarcely remaining developable areas in Upstate New York’s metropolitan areas. Prudent developers will be thoughtful about carefully considering all available permitting tools and will need to place additional emphasis on producing a proper record before boards.
Government regulation has been, and will continue, reaching deeper into higher education operations, presenting additional burdens at a time when demographics provide new enrollment challenges.
Cornell Law School, J.D., cum laude
St. John Fisher College, B.A., magna cum laude
Bob was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 in the field of Real Estate Law. Bob has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2018.
Bob has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.
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