Jacob Henry Zoghlin

Jacob Henry Zoghlin

Lawyer helping with environmental, land use, municipal, & development problems.
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  • New York
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Jacob is a Senior Associate Attorney with the Zoghlin Group and Chairs the firm’s Cannabis Law practice group. His practice focuses on environmental, zoning, land use, municipal, cannabis, energy, and administrative law. He counsels individuals, businesses, and municipalities, and helps them resolve their legal issues by advocating, educating, advising, and, if necessary, litigating on their behalf. His practice also focuses on ensuring government entities comply with the law, and has included litigation related to New York’s Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Law, and Open Meetings Law.

Jacob has prosecuted and argued Article 78 proceedings in New York State trial and appellate courts, advised public and private sector clients on the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and worked with clients on environmental and land use regulations. In his zoning and land use practice, Jacob works on matters involving site plan, incentive zoning, special local approvals/permits, variances, and other real estate development applications.

Before joining The Zoghlin Group, Jacob represented clients in a Human Rights Litigation Clinic, worked for the National Labor Relations Board, and interned for a Superior Court Judge in Washington, DC. He also previously worked with an employment litigation firm and a civil rights advocacy group in the Washington, DC area. Jacob was born and raised in the Rochester, NY area and enjoys soup-making, skiing, and traveling with his wife and family.

Practice Areas
    Environmental Law
    Municipal Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals
Video Conferencing
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 5480561
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Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services
ID Number: 0092698
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Associate Attorney
The Zoghlin Group, PLLC
- Current
Sr. Assoc. Attorney (2019-Present), Chair of Cannabis Law Practice (2021-Present), Assoc. Att. (2016-2019). Civil litigation with extensive motions practice in environmental, land-use, municipal, zoning, cannabis & energy law: • Advise individuals, businesses, citizens groups, & municipal boards in administrative proceedings & litigation. • Commence & prosecute/defend Article 78 proceedings, declaratory judgment actions, & hybrid proceedings. • Manage a wide variety of cases, prepare settlement demands, & attend mediation/dispute resolution meetings. • Negotiate mediated settlements of litigated cases & prepare settlement documents to resolve disputes. • Draft pleadings, conduct discovery, conduct/defend depositions, & brief/argue motions & appeals. • Guide municipalities in conducting environmental reviews & adopting local laws/resolutions. • Coordinate with environmental consultants & expert witnesses regarding affidavits & testimony. • Supervise associate attorney & staff.
Board of Directors, Flower City Arts Center
Flower City Arts Center is a community-based not-for-profit that educates, encourages, and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. FCAC offers educational programs in a variety of visual arts with an emphasis on three areas: Printmaking & Book Arts, Ceramics, and Photography & Digital Arts. We produce youth programs, classes, and workshops, provide facilities to our studio artists, and exhibit work in our galleries. We collaborate with community groups for the benefit of all. Our photography, ceramics and book arts programs are available to community members of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. The Flower City Arts Center is an Institutional Member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Staff Attorney
Bansbach Zoghlin, P.C.
• Drafted a variety of pleadings, petitions, motions, briefs, administrative applications, and administrative appeals. • Authored legal memoranda on federal and state environmental, administrative, and Constitutional law. • Organized voluminous document review projects, prepared affirmative discovery motions, and opposed same.
Law Clerk (Contract Position)
The Spiggle Law Firm
• Drafted disclosures, reviewed and indexed documents, and composed memoranda on diverse discovery issues. • Researched and drafted legal memoranda on specific questions of substantive employment law.
Student Attorney
UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic
• Researched and drafted legal memoranda, complaints, motions, and briefs on diverse legal issues including human rights, immigration, Constitutional law, and the Freedom Of Information Act. • Represented clients in administrative proceedings, helped develop litigation strategies, and interviewed clients. • Secured asylum for victim of gang-based violence, authored submissions, and represented clients in hearings.
Legal Intern
National Labor Relations Board
• Researched and drafted legal memoranda analyzing various labor law issues for agency attorneys. • Authored internal legal memorandum on tactics for obtaining consent judgments throughout the country. • Monitored labor law outcomes and tracked trends to help develop long-term litigation strategies.
Legal Intern
Honorable Laura A. Cordero, D.C., Superior Court
• Conducted legal research and drafted civil judicial orders on dispositive motions. • Drafted judicial opinions on appeals from administrative decisions. • Observed and assisted judge in courtroom proceedings, pretrial conferences, and hearing preparations.
Legislative Law Clerk
Anti-Defamation League
• Wrote advocacy memoranda on civil rights advancement, counterterrorism, and the First Amendment. • Monitored legislative developments, administrative regulations, judicial decisions, and executive branch nominations.
American University Washington College of Law
J.D. (2014) | Law
Honors: Graduated Cum Laude; 1L Merit Scholarship; Highest Grade in Election Law; and Pro Bono Honors
Activities: UNROW Litigation Clinic; Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law; Legislation and Policy Brief; Law and Government Society (Vice President); and Equal Justice Foundation (member and grant recipient).
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Haverford College in Pennsylvania
B.A. (2011) | Philosophy
Study Abroad at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Program in European Culture & Society, Fall-Winter 2009
Honors: Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium Conference Presenter (2011); Miller Fellow (2010-11)
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“Rising Star” Award in "Environmental Litigation" in Upstate New York from SuperLawyers
SuperLawyers uses a multiphase selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with independent research. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Upstate New York receive this distinction for excellence in legal practice.
"Up and Coming Attorney" Award and "Excellence in Law" Honoree
The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal
The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal bestowed the “Up and Coming Attorneys” award as part of their 2021 “Excellence in Law” program. The award honors attorneys who have demonstrated professional accomplishments, community service, and a strong commitment to the legal profession.
“Rising Star” Award in "Zoning and Land Use" Law in Upstate New York from SuperLawyers
SuperLawyers uses a multiphase selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with independent research. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Upstate New York receive this distinction for excellence in legal practice.
Professional Associations
New York State Bar Association
- Current
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Articles & Publications
License Types Available Under New York State’s Cannabis Law (the MRTA)
The Zoghlin Group
New York State Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis
The Zoghlin Group
Court Finds French Chateau was Illegally Constructed Ands Orders Owner to Demolish It
The Zoghlin Group
How New York’s Police Reform Legislation - Specifically, the Repeal of “Section 50-A” - Impacts the Freedom of Information Law
The Zoghlin Group
In Addressing Inequality, We Must Pay More Attention To “Environmental Justice” Issues
The Zoghlin Group
NYS Governor’s Executive Order Purports To Suspend the “In-Person” and “Quorum” Requirements of the Open Meetings Law in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Zoghlin Group
Over 40 States Could Allow Legal Marijuana By The End Of 2020
The Zoghlin Group
NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics Issues Opinion On Attorneys’ Advising Clients On Compliance With New York’s Cannabis Laws
The Zoghlin Group
New York’s “Congestion Charge” May Be Decided Behind Closed Doors
The Zoghlin Group
Municipalities Prepare For Cannabis Legalization In 2020
The Zoghlin Group
Municipal Law Issues Related To The Potential Legalization Of Cannabis For Adult Use In New York State
The Zoghlin Group
Cannabis/Marijuana Legalization May Be Coming To New York State In 2020. Is Your Local Government Ready?
The Zoghlin Group
Freedom Of Information Law Requests Must “Reasonably Describe” The Records Sought
The Zoghlin Group
DEC Proposes Regulatory Changes To Hearing Procedures
The Zoghlin Group
Governor Cuomo Announces Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Homeowner Recovery Program
The Zoghlin Group
Appellate Court Annuls Town Condemnation For Failure To Comply With SEQRA
The Zoghlin Group
Developer Purchases Former Tonawanda Coke Site
The Zoghlin Group
State Court Awards Attorneys Fees In Freedom Of Information Law Case Involving Police Body Camera Video
The Zoghlin Group
Local Sign Ordinance Sparks Lawsuit In Canandaigua, New York
The Zoghlin Group
Chautauqua County Planning Board Accused Of Open Meetings Law Violation
The Zoghlin Group
A Property Purchased Nine Years Ago For $1,200 Could Now Cost The Owner $2.4 Million
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One-Year Sentenced Imposed For Assault On Environmental Conservation Officer.
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Town of Westerlo Planning Board Issues Conditional Negative Declaration of Environmental Significance For Proposed Costanza Solar Project.
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Significant Contamination At The Tonawanda Coke Facility Could Take Years To Cleanup.
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Automobile Companies Face Criminal Inquiries or Fines Related To Violations of Emissions or Fuel-Efficiency Testing.
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DEC Investigation Of Niagara Sanitation Landfill Finds Contamination.
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Greene County, New York Seeks To Construct An 80-Bed Jail In Coxsackie, NY
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Cleanup Underway Along New York Shoreline After Fifteen-Inch Hole In Fuel Tank Found
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Hunter Whose Stray Bullet Struck A Nearby House Faces Heightened Charges For Allegedly Tampering With Evidence And Providing False Statements To Investigators
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Landfill Operator Fined By DEC For Alleged Permit Violations
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Town Investigated By DEC For Using Asphalt Millings As Fill
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Punishments In Penal Institutions: (Dis)-Proportionality in Isolation
Human Rights Brief
Speaking Engagements
Cannabis – Is Your Community Going to Opt in or Out?, 2021 Joint Fall Meeting of the New York State Bar Association's Environmental & Energy Law Section and Local & State Government Law Section, The Statler Hotel at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
Local governments will face many choices as the new Cannabis Law in NYS is implemented. The most immediate decision is whether to opt — thereby prohibiting retail sales and on-site consumption — through the adoption of a local law by December 31, 2021. Those not opting out will face decisions about whether to revise their zoning, as well as commenting on any license applications proposed for their jurisdiction. This panel will explore the pros and cons of opting in or out by December 31, 2021.
New York Adult Use Marijuana: What Local Municipalities Need To Know”, New York State
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Cannabis Law
Ensuring Local Governments Comply With The Law: An Overview of New York’s Open Meetings Law, Rochester, New York
National Business Institute
Navigating Open Meetings Law Compliance Issues, Rochester, New York
National Business Institute
Websites & Blogs
The Zoghlin Group Website - Jacob Zoghlin
Contact & Map
300 State St
Rochester, NY 14614
Telephone: (585) 434-0790
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