Real estate attorney Dan Baker has joined Greenberg Traurig, a global law firm with offices on Long Island.
Baker is a shareholder at the firm, serving in its Garden City location. Along with David “Rooney” Gilmartin, Jr., who works out of Greenberg Traurig ‘s Bridgehampton’s office, Baker will co-chair the firm’s Long Island Land Use practice.
Previously a partner at Certilman Balin, Baker brings expertise in land use and zoning, general real estate transactions, industrial development agency and municipal benefits, environmental matters, tax certiorari and condemnation, corporate law, and civil litigation.
To Greenberg Traurig Executive Chairman Richard Rosenbaum, bringing Baker to the firm serves as “the latest step in building on the dominance” of the team’s land use and real estate practices in the New York metropolitan area and “around the world.”
Rosenbaum went on to say that the firm “continue[s] to leverage the synergies among the Long Island, New York City, and South Florida markets and are focused on continued growth in the region. I know Bob Traurig would be more than proud of how the practice he founded in Miami has grown on the global stage, and the character and excellence of our team.”
Baker said in the statement that the region “is increasingly attracting real estate clients from around the United States in businesses that include last mile delivery, storage, retail, residential, restaurants, and shopping centers.”
He said he is “thrilled to join Greenberg Traurig with its outstanding national and global reputation in land use, zoning, and development. In addition, the firm’s collaborative culture and extensive platform will provide a breadth of resources needed to better serve our growing list of clients and their needs as we expand our practice on Long Island.”
In a joint statement, said Brian Doyle and John McEntee, co-managing shareholders of Greenberg Traurig’s Long Island offices, said that having “extensive knowledge of local laws and municipal processes is key to providing clients with the best service and value in land use matters.”
Gilmartin said he looks forward “to working with Dan, who brings comprehensive local knowledge and expertise that is invaluable in this industry.”
Baker serves as the Tenth Judicial District representative to, and a member of the executive committee of, the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a co-vice chair of the executive board of Touro Law Center’s Institute of Land Use and Sustainable Development Law and a member of the WE CARE advisory board (the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association). He is is an appointed member of the State of New York Commission on Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled Surrogate Decision Making Committee Program.
Baker received his J.D. from The Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center of Touro College.
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