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Thomas C. Greiner, Jr.

Thomas Greiner is a retired partner of the firm who currently serves as Of Counsel. He has many years of experience representing universities, energy companies and other large retail and industrial enterprises on the ground, in the office and in court regarding all aspects of real estate.

What do you focus on?

At present, my practice is concentrated in two distinct areas.

Land use development

Specifically securing zoning and land use approvals for large and complex developments. This involves an analysis of all permits and approvals required, quarterbacking a team of professionals in all disciplines related to the project and securing the approvals. When necessary, I assist in and/or conduct any court proceeding needed to defend such approvals. One long-term project that I have worked on over many years is the deployment of a wireless telecommunications network comprising more than 1,500 wireless tower and/or base station sites.

Traditional conveyancing

Purchases and sales, leasing, easements, etc. Large companies and institutions convey or acquire land and buildings in one form or another. For decades, I have assisted them in complex transactions to advance and balance their holdings. Often, the traditional conveyancing is combined with land use and zoning in the context of a large development. Recently, I assisted a university in a multi-use $100 million signature development.

What do you see on the horizon?

Smart development. As our energy industries are evolving, environmental concerns are coming into the foreground and there are evermore competing uses for land, I am seeing an increasing focus on large-scale developments that weave these and other threads together into “smart development” that addresses the concerns of multiple stakeholders. This puts a premium on the assembly of a team of experts in the diverse disciplines and a quarterback who can manage the team effectively.

Pittsford Planning Board votes 'yes' to Verizon cell tower

The Democrat & Chronicle | April 09, 2018

This article about the planning board vote to approve the site plan for a Verizon cell tower in Pittsford, New York, mentions Rochester real estate senior counsel Tom Greiner for representing Verizon.

Cell tower woes: Pittsford public skeptical of proposal

Democrat & Chronicle | June 11, 2017

Rochester real estate senior counsel Tom Greiner is quoted in this article about a proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower in a residential neighborhood.


Thomas C. Greiner, Jr.

Senior Counsel


Phone: 585-263-1456

Fax: 866-947-1451

George Washington University National Law Center, J.D., with honors

Princeton University, A.B.

New York





Tom was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Land Use and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law. Thomas has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2008, and was its Rochester “Lawyer of the Year” in Land Use and Zoning Law in 2018, 2016 and 2011.

Tom has also been recognized as a “Senior Statesman” for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Real Estate (New York (Upstate)). He has been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

Since 2007, Super Lawyers magazine has listed Tom as a top attorney in the state, and he has earned Martindale Hubbell’s AV 5 Preeminent Peer Rating, the highest rating attainable.

Thomas is a member of the New York State (International Law and Practice and Real Property Law Sections; Subcommittee on Planning and Zoning) and Monroe County (Real Property Law Section) bar associations.

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