Stuart Shamberg founded the firm now named Shamberg Marwell Hocherman Davis & Hollis in 1970, after having been a partner in a Wall Street law firm for many yeas. Mr. Shamberg is widely acknowledged for his work in the field of zoning law and as an advocate of affordable housing. He is frequently called upon to lecture at Bar Association meetings and law schools and has been the recipient of many awards for his work in these areas.
Mr. Shamberg is a recipient of the New York Chapter of the American Planning Association's Meritorious Service Award for Community Planning and Implementation. Pace Law School created a land development scholarship in his honor. He has lectured on Zoning Law at New York University, Pace Law School, the New York Land Institute, and the New York State Land Development Institute. He was guest lecturer at the 30th anniversary conference of Golden v. Ramapo. Mr. Shamberg successfully litigated the landmark case of Berenson v. The Town of New Castle, which established the duty of municipalities to meet their fair share of the local and regional housing needs, and the subsequent case of Continental Building Co., v. The Town of North Salem, which expanded that municipal duty to include affordable housing.
Mr. Shamberg and the firm have for many years been litigation counsel to the Builder's Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, and continue to represent developers in real estate projects and in major land-use, environmental and zoning litigation. Mr. Shamberg and the firm have defended a number of municipalities in litigated matters involving real estate and real estate related matters. Mr. Shamberg specializes in bringing Article 78 Proceedings and Declaratory Judgment actions challenging and environmental, zoning and planning ordinances and decisions when those ordinances or decisions impair or diminish legally protected property rights. He has argued eight major zoning cases in the New York Court of Appeals, the State's highest court, and been involved in forty appeals in the various Appellate Divisions throughout the State. He is a Director of the Legal Aid Society for Westchester County, and recently participated as a member of the Governors' Committee on Watershed Regulations for the Westchester and Hudson region. Mr. Shamberg regularly counsels, and is a prominent speaker to, the building and development industry as to legal issues that affect their development rights.