Simone M. Freeman is an experienced land use and zoning attorney, with an extensive background in public sector/municipal law. Simone’s expertise lies in executing public and private development, risk/site analysis, and litigation for public/municipal and private corporations. Through her practice in both the public and private sectors, she has become adept in overseeing a wide variety of legal, operational, and fiscal responsibilities relating to various types of public/municipal and private projects.
Prior to joining the firm, Simone was Corporation Counsel for the City of Long Beach where she served as chief legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager, and City Commissioners and Officers, as well as counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals. As Corporation Counsel, Simone oversaw the prosecution and defense of all actions and proceedings by and against the City, as well as the administration and management of all other legal matters.
Before that Simone was a senior attorney for seven years at another prominent real estate, land use and zoning firm, where she represented telecommunication companies and national retail franchises in all aspects of the zoning process, including site analysis, applications, public hearings, permit procurement, project development and governmental and municipal compliance. During this time Simone successfully handled and argued, Matter of Colin Realty Co., LLC v. Town of North Hempstead, 966 N.Y.S.2d 501(2d Dept. 2013), aff’d 24 N.Y.3d 96 (2014) before the New York State Court of Appeals.
Simone began her career in the Office of the Town Attorney at the Town of North Hempstead where she served as co-counsel to the Town’s Board of Zoning and Appeals; counsel to the Department of Public Works; and Record’s Access Officer from 2007 to 2013. While serving first as an Assistant Town Attorney, and then as a Deputy Town Attorney, Simone regularly advised the Town Board on issues relating to applications for special permits, site plan approvals, changes of zone, and creation and extension of special improvement districts. She also gained extensive experience in all aspects of public bidding and procurement, as well as project development.
Simone is Vice President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, she recently served as Treasurer (2020-2022) and was Past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. She had been selected as Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars (2015-2019), and is the recipient of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Families and the Law Long Island Outstanding Woman in Law award (2016); and Nassau County Women’s Bar Association Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award for Outstanding Newly Admitted Attorney (2011).
She received her J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she was a member of the Family Court Review and Moot Court Association, and received Hofstra Law School’s Pro Bono Certificate, Bronze Level Award for her work in the public sector during law school.
Contributor, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Chapter 147 Land Use Litigation (Thomson Reuters, Fifth Edition), edited by Robert L. Haig
Effectively Consolidating Two or More Special Improvement Districts Nassau Lawyer, March 2009, at 7
Focus Editor, Nassau Lawyer, Municipal Law edition (March 2009)
Upholding Students’ Due Process Rights: Why Students are in Need of Better Representation at, and Alternatives to, School Suspension Hearings Family Court Review, Volume 45, No. 4, 638-56 (2007)
Staff Editor, Family Court Review (2006-2007)
Stony Brook University Introduction to the Business of Real Estate Lecture on Land Use and Zoning & Environmental Law, Presented by Simone M. Freeman, Director, Real Estate Institute at Stony Brook University (March 2, 2022)