Zachary Murdock

Zachary Murdock (Melville, New York)

Zachary Murdock

Attorney in Melville, NY
Zachary Murdock is a partner in and co-chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice group, and is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. Mr. Murdock’s practice is wide ranging, emphasizing commercial and complex litigation, and land use and environmental cases.

Mr. Murdock has served as litigation counsel in some of the region’s most significant land use disputes including, with Hon. Leon D. Lazer, the successful “Pine Barrens” appeal, arguably the most important New York State environmental appeal in modern history. Other notable matters include a complex computer software arbitration resulting in a multi-million dollar award for the client, a mortgage foreclosure action and surplus money proceeding involving claimants including the estate of George Harrison, and representing plaintiffs in two pending “town taxpayer” statutory actions addressing uses of major properties in Southampton, New York. Mr. Murdock has been a finals judge at the annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl for four consecutive years.

Mr. Murdock is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook (B.A., 1975), and Fordham Law School (J.D., 1984) where he was research assistant for Prof. Michael Martin’s “Evidence” Column in the New York Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in New York, the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association. He has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.

He is an operatic tenor soloist, a multi-instrumentalist, and a recorded songwriter (ASCAP).


Apr 20 2016

“Sand Land Appellate Victory Receives Region-Wide Media Attention

The impacts of the March 30, 2016 appellate victory by Firm attorneys Zachary Murdock and David Lazer, which rejected nonconforming use status for the mulch operations at the 50-acre “Sand Land” mine in Southampton’s Aquifer Protection Overlay District (see March 31 “Latest News” item), were the subjects of a News 12 Long Island feature segment...

Mar 31 2016

Obtained Appellate Victories Rejecting Nonconforming Use Status for Mulch Operations at Southampton Sand Land Mine

Zachary Murdock and David Lazer of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group successfully represented three individuals with homes proximate to a 50-acre sand mine on two appeals involving determinations concerning the mine’s commercial mulch and topsoil processing and sales operations prohibited in the zoning district under the Town of Southampton zoning code. While not disputing that...

Mar 17 2016

Performed Danny Boy and Lead the Bench and Bar in Singing America The Beautiful at the St. Patrick's Day Ceremonies at the Suffolk County Supreme Courthouse

Zachary Murdock of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group performed “Danny Boy” and lead the bench and bar in singing “America The Beautiful” at the St. Patrick’s Day ceremonies at the Suffolk County Supreme Courthouse, marking his second appearance at the annual event.

Feb 06 2016

Serves as Finals Judge at Long Island High School Ethics Bowl ” “2016

Zachary Murdock of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group served as a finals judge for the seventh consecutive year at the Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Squire Family Foundation. The 2016 competition held on February 6 at Hofstra University featured participants from schools throughout the region, with the winning team advancing to...

Nov 17 2015

Served as a Championship Rounds Judge for the 2015 Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl

Zachary Murdock, a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups, served as a championship rounds judge for the 2015 Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl, held this year at St. Joseph’s College on November 14. More than twenty teams representing colleges, universities, and military academies from Maryland to New England competed in the event organized...

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Zoning and Land Use

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1985, New York and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
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Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available
Law School Attended
Fordham Law School
Class of 1984
University Attended
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Class of 1975
Birth Information
Born in 1953
Houston, Texas, March 19, 1953

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Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C.
Melville Law Center, 225 Old Country Road,
Melville, NY 11747-2712
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Zachary Murdock
Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C.
Melville Law Center, 225 Old Country Road,
Melville, NY 11747-2712

Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. (Melville, New York)