About Zachary Murdock
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 invol...
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...