NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kramer Levin is pleased to announce that Meenakshi Srinivasan is joining the firm on August 27 as Senior Land Use and Zoning Advisor in the Land Use Department. Srinivasan has nearly three decades of experience working on New York City land use issues in positions that include Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Chair of the Board of Standards and Appeals, and Deputy Director of the Manhattan Office of the Department of City Planning. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the School of Architecture and Planning in New Delhi, India, and holds postgraduate degrees in architecture and planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
“Meenakshi’s unique background, which includes senior positions at the three principal New York City land use agencies, has given her a deep knowledge of New York land use and an unmatched understanding of both land use policy and zoning laws that will be a great asset to the firm and our clients,” said Paul Selver, co-chair of Kramer Levin’s Land Use group.
Michael Sillerman, also co-chair of the Land Use group, added, “Meenakshi is a trained architect and talented administrator who has overseen reviews of many of the city’s most significant developments. We are excited to have her join our practice.”
At the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Srinivasan led an 80-person mayoral agency that protects and preserves the city's historic resources by designating buildings and districts, regulating designated properties, and enforcing compliance with the Landmarks Law. Previously, with the Board of Standards and Appeals, she oversaw a 20-person office that decides zoning variance and special permit applications and appeals from determinations by the city’s Buildings and Fire Departments. Srinivasan began her work for the city in 1990 at the Department of City Planning, where she worked on several high profile city initiatives including Theater Air Rights transfers and Hudson Yards Zoning Framework.
“In the close to 30 years that I have worked in New York City’s land use agencies, Kramer Levin’s people have always stood out for the high quality of their work, their integrity and their deep understanding and respect for the land use processes,” Srinivasan said. “They work on many of the most significant land use and zoning projects in the city, and I am thrilled to join them in that work.”
About Kramer Levin’s Land Use Practice
Kramer Levin’s Land Use practice is the largest and most experienced in New York City and comprises many distinguished former city employees. With a core group of partners that has practiced together for more than 30 years and support from a cadre of other lawyers, a veteran real estate litigator, two condemnation lawyers, an engineer and three planners, the firm offers unmatched technical knowledge, synergy, industry insight and experience.
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