Robert J. Brenner

Robert Brenner works with owners, developers and public utilities on a variety of real estate transactions, focusing primarily on real property taxation and real estate development and construction matters for complex development projects.

What do you focus on?

Land Use and Zoning and Alcohol/Beverage Regulatory

I assist commercial owners, developers, investors, and other stakeholders with planning and zoning matters to ensure compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act and other applicable land use regulations. I often work with municipalities and appear before municipal boards to receive the approvals and permits necessary to move projects forward. I also represent breweries, wineries, hotels, tasting rooms, distilleries, and other regulated enterprises pursuing alcohol and beverage licenses and permits from the New York State Liquor Authority.

Commercial Real Estate and Lending

I work with owners, developers and investors in acquiring, selling and developing commercial real estate. I frequently work with clients on complex commercial real estate transactions—from negotiating the purchase and sale agreement through closing—and related lending/financing matters.

Real Property Tax

I advise owners on tax certiorari and other real property tax matters, including the negotiation of payment-in-lieu of tax agreements.


In the construction side of my practice, I draft and negotiate EPC, design/build and other construction contracts for complex projects throughout the United States in a variety of asset classes.

What do you see on the horizon?

We have reached a pivotal turning point in the United States, where thoughtful planning and continued investment by private developers, public utilities and colleges and universities will help shape the way our economic future unfolds.


  • “High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing and Home Rule: The Struggle for Control,” 76 Alb. L. Rev. 161 (2013) (co-authored with G. Nearpass)
  • “Institutional Conservatism and Its Impact on Appellate Decision-Making: An Empirical Study of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,” 75 Alb. L. Rev. 1145 (2012)
  • 2 Patricia E. Salkin, American Law of Zoning § 11 (5th ed. 2008) and 5 Patricia E. Salkin, American Law of Zoning § 48 (5th ed. 2008) (contributing author)

Zoning board tables cell tower variance request, again

The Post-Journal | November 01, 2017

This article about a proposed installation of a cellphone tower in a residential neighborhood mentions Rochester real estate associate Rob Brenner for representing Verizon in the matter.


Robert J. Brenner



Phone: 585-263-1035

New York

Phone: 212-940-3091

Fax: 855-612-8087

Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., summa cum laude, Executive Editor for Lead Articles, Albany Law Review

Siena College, B.S., Finance, magna cum laude

New York


Robert Brenner is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. He is also a member of Albany Law School’s honorary scholarship group, the Justinian Society.

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