For Immediate Release

Debra Scala Giokas
Director of Marketing

Certilman Balin Expands Environmental Practice Group: Wagner Joins as Partner

June 12, East Meadow, NY – Certilman Balin has announced that John M. Wagner has joined the Environmental Practice Group as a Partner. He will be based in the Hauppauge, NY office.

Mr. Wagner brings 20 years of real property law to the firm. He represents private and municipal clients from individual landowners to multi-state development companies in zoning, land use, environmental law matters, and in particular, cases involving environmental review of zoning and land use actions pursuant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) and related constitutional issues. His practice also encompasses such matters as subdivision, variance, special permit, water supply/sewerage, highway work permit, wetlands and zoning change applications.

Well-versed in Long Island real estate and environmental issues, his practice spans the five “East End” towns of Suffolk County, the Towns of Hempstead, Brookhaven and Islip, and several villages in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Additionally, Mr. Wagner has served as special counsel to the Village of Greenport Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals and as counsel to the Planning Board of the Town of Shelter Island.

Mr. Wagner has been involved in several cutting-edge cases involving real property and environmental issues, including, for example, the Long Island Pine Barrens Society litigation that preceded adoption of the New York State “Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act.”

He earned his undergraduate degree in English (with distinction) from Vassar College and his Juris Doctor from The American University, Washington College of Law. A member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Mr. Wagner is admitted to practice in the states of New York and New Jersey; U.S. District Court/District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court/Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a resident of Wading River.

For more information call, Bernard Hyman at (516) 296-7073.

Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP has grown into Long Island’s second largest full-service law firm with more than 75 attorneys. With offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, its 14 practice areas include: real estate, real property tax certiorari and condemnation, cooperative and condominium, environmental law, land use/zoning, corporate/securities, litigation, commercial lending, labor relations/employment law, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights, trusts and estates, elder law, municipal law/government relations, and criminal law.