Gathman & Bennett LLP handles all aspects of public sector municipal law, representing municipalities themselves as well as private party applications to municipal boards. As a result of representing municipalities we have the unique ability to advise clients of their rights and remedies when appearing before municipal boards.


Gathman & Bennett LLP currently represent several municipalities both as a planning board attorney and also in land use litigation.

The Firm’s principals currently represent several municipalities, including Towns and Villages on Long Island. Ed Gathman has been a planning board attorney and has represented municipalities both as a planning board attorney and also in land use litigation.

On behalf of municipalities, we provide:

  • Day-to-day counseling
  • Preparation of contracts for services and inter-municipal agreements
  • Code revisions
  • Oversight of project bidding, zoning and development, review and approval
  • Representation at administrative hearings
  • Complex court litigation.

Gathman & Bennett has assisted clients in appearing before Zoning Boards, Planning Boards and in working with clients in obtaining financial relief from Industrial Development Agencies and other government incentive programs.

We represent private sector clients before municipal boards on matters including:

  • Zoning changes, variances, and site plans
  • Special permit approvals and other land use applications
  • Organization of municipal and private sewer and water districts
  • Real estate acquisitions and open space preservation by out right purchases and purchase of development rights.

We strive to positively influence our community and provide fair and reasonable legal services. We believe that by using technology to create efficiency in our practice we are able to maintain competitive rates and increase access to high quality legal services for business owners.


Whether you’re starting a company, or looking to sell a company you’ve built, we serve as your legal counsel each step of the way. No project is too small or trivial, and our continuous and accessible support allows you to focus on what’s important to you.