Tim Dunphy, Senior Counsel
Land Use and Zoning Attorney/Architect
641 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 319-4000
Fax: (212) 753-4530
Tim brings a unique perspective to the arena of land use, zoning and real estate law. During the past three decades, holding positions in both the public and private sectors, Tim has developed a rare expertise in identifying the critical positions of all stake holders, and promoting the interests of his clients.
He is a native of New York City; born in Manhattan and raised in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. This background instilled a commitment to the values of community and neighborhood. Henry David Thoreau’s quote, “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” inscribed on a wall of the New York Museum of Natural History, has also been a guidepost since childhood. Tim also cites the writings of Louis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and Frederick Law Olmsted as inspirational to his values.
A five-year tenure as the Town Planner for the Town of Yorktown, New York, gave Tim a thorough command of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). In addition, from 2013 until his return to Manhattan in 2018, Tim served as a Commissioner on the Planning Board of Ridgefield, Connecticut. In the private sector, Tim has represented clients before various approval boards in New York City, New York State, and the State of Connecticut. He has also negotiated and drafted numerous commercial and residential leases and contracts of sale.
Sensitive and responsible urban growth is necessary and desirable. However, given the current political climate in New York City and State, the scales often tip in favor of reckless and expedited development. The preservation of our parks, cultural legacy and architectural landmarks in the face of the developer’s wrecking ball requires vigilance. Tim’s passion, vast experience and knowledge provide our clients with the security that they are in the hands of a seasoned expert dedicated to championing their interests. Whether representing a grass root coalition in its fight to protect a neighborhood, guiding a community through a bureaucratic labyrinth in their effort to protect a park, or negotiating a commercial lease on behalf of a tenant, Tim’s tenacity and dedication are evident. We at Hiller, PC are proud that Tim is on our team, as we continue to take on the mammoth law firms that champion the juggernaut of corporate over development.
New York State – First Department, 2001
State of Connecticut, 2001
Fordham Law School – JD 2000
Columbia University – MS Real Estate – 1993
New York Institute of Technology – BArch – 1988
New York State Licensed Architect – 1989