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Richard Lobel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in New York, NY

Sheldon Lobel, P.C.
18 East 41st Street, 5th Fl
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-725-2727
Fax: 212-725-3910
Email: Richard Lobel
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Land Use/Zoning
Attorney Profile

Mr. Lobel's practice focuses on land use and zoning in the five boroughs of New York City. He represents clients before the Board of Standards and Appeals, the City Planning Commission, the Department of Buildings and other City agencies regarding real estate matters. Mr. Lobel also represents clients in court and administrative hearings in matters relating to real estate and land use, and in transactional matters related to zoning and development rights. He works closely with owners, developers and architects to both maximize development potential and to solve difficult land use and zoning problems.

Mr. Lobel is the managing partner of the firm.

About Richard Lobel

First Admitted: 1999, New York

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Educational Background

  • B.A. in International Relations, with Departmental Honors, Stanford University, 1992
  • J.D., New York University, 1998


  • After receiving a grant of a zoning variance, Mr. Lobel represented a non-profit developer in a lawsuit brought by an opposition group.  The referenced NY1 video discusses the developer's plans to move forward after the opposition group's petition was denied in the lower court., Judge Paves Way For Residential Conversion on UWS, 2009


  • GRA V, LLC v. Board of Standards and Appeals, et al. - Decided by the Court of Appeals on June 2, 2009, this matter allowed a developer to proceed with a vested rights case, which would allow him to build a 7-story, 63-unit apartment building after a downzoning which disallowed such buildings.  The case had initially been denied by the zoning board, and a subsequent Article 78 action was denied by the lower court and Appellate Division before a favorable determination was obtained in the Court of Appeals., 2009
  • 161 East 94th Street, Manhattan - After being denied the opportunity to proceed on an application for a curb cut for a private garage in a residential townhouse, Mr. Lobel brought an Article 78 action against the City for the right to proceed with the application.  After a victory in the lower court and a failed appeal by the City, the curb cut application was granted by the City Planning Commission in February 2010.  The case was discussed in an article on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Real Estate section (August 1, 2010)., 2010


  • Mr. Lobel was awarded NYSA's Distinguished Service Award "in recognition of the significant contribution made to the architectural profession through his achievements in matters of zoning at the Board of Standards & Appeals and the City Planning Commission."  , Distinguished Service Award, New York Society of Architects, 2011

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Office Location for Richard Lobel

18 East 41st Street
5th Fl
New York, NY 10017

Last Updated: 6/30/2022

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