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LizHolmes

Counsel

"The multidisciplinary nature of my practice gives me a unique skill set and allows me to apply complex litigation strategies to better serve my clients."

Overview

Biography

Liz primarily concentrates her practice on litigation, zoning, and real property tax and condemnation. She routinely represents clients before municipal boards in zoning and land-use matters, including use and area variances, special-use permits, rezoning, and site-plan and subdivision approval.

Liz’s civil and criminal defense practice includes the successful management of several newsworthy cases that involved media interviews and televised courtroom appearances.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented a Fortune 500 company looking to expand its nationwide car dealership into Upstate New York, handling all aspects from rezoning through site-plan approval at the municipal level.
  • Achieved various zoning approvals for a nationwide student-housing management and development company, resulting in a $50 million local investment in private student housing.
  • Represented and advised multi-million companies on nationwide expansion and operation in accordance with municipal zoning laws and regulations.
  • Successfully defended and prosecuted various Article 78 matters in supreme courts throughout New York State.
  • Represented and advised various sovereign nations within the Western District of New York on issues such as sovereignty and compliance with state and federal tax laws.
  • Successfully defended both felony and misdemeanor DWI prosecutions in state and local courts in Erie and surrounding counties.
  • Successfully represented a 9-year-old female in a gender-discrimination action against a private football league.

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Associate
  • Lipsitz Green Scime & Cambria, Associate

Selected Honors

  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Inc., Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award, 2019
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Commercial Litigation and Land Use & Zoning, 2017-2018

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