Benjamin is Counsel at Slater & Beckerman, P.C. He joined the firm in the fall of 2014, and was previously an associate at another leading New York City law firm specializing in land use and zoning.
Benjamin regularly counsels and represents clients before New York City agencies governing land use issues, including appearances before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals. At the Board of Standards and Appeals he has obtained variances of the Zoning Resolution, including variances to permit residential use in manufacturing zoning districts. Benjamin also has experience representing applicants before the New York City Planning Commission and City Council for zoning text and map changes, as well as special permits, authorizations, certifications, and other discretionary land use approvals.
In addition to his work before public agencies, Benjamin also has significant transactional zoning experience. He regularly represents both buyers and sellers of transferable development rights. Notably, he has extensive recent experience representing not-for-profit organizations in the divestiture of real assets and development rights, including complex joint venture and ground lease transactions involving both as-of-right development and development requiring discretionary public approvals.
Benjamin holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2014.