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Henry A. Zomerfeld

Senior Associate

Henry concentrates his practice in environmental, energy, land use, and municipal law. His broader practice includes representing businesses and municipalities in a variety of commercial and contract-based litigation, tax assessment litigation under the Real Property Tax Law, and special proceedings under Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.

As part of his municipal practice, Henry represents and counsels municipalities in a variety of matters, including those related to zoning, land use, code enforcement, takings, the State Environmental Quality Review Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Open Meetings Law. In addition, he represents municipalities and school districts in defending tax assessment challenge litigation.

Henry draws on his experience in the property tax arena to advise developers of renewable energy projects across New York State on real property tax implications, including the interplay of Real Property Tax Law Section 487 exemptions and payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements. Through his efforts, developers are able to better evaluate and prepare for real estate tax liabilities before and during the life of their projects. He represents developers and other clients before boards of assessment review and in Supreme Court litigating property tax exemptions and valuation issues. As part of his property tax practice, Henry also counsels clients on real property exemptions and incentives, including Real Property Tax Law Section 420-a for non-profit entities and Real Property Tax Law 485-b for commercial and industrial facilities.

In connection with his practice, Henry counsels both municipalities and private clients on land use and real estate development issues, including area and use variances, and project approvals, and has represented these clients in litigation over zoning matters.  

As part of his broader practice, Henry also serves as outside general counsel for a public university student government. In this capacity, he advises on policy matters, regulatory and legal compliance, risk management, and contract review and negotiation.  


State University College at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.


  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch (Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Municipal Law), 2021 - 2024
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Environmental Litigation), 2017 – 2023
  • Rising Champion For Justice, Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer's Project, 2023
  • Robert J. Connelly Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award, 2013
  • Associate Editor, Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law & Social Policy, 2013 - 2014
  • Competitor, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition (advanced to the 2014 international rounds; 7th Best Oralist in the World/3rd Best Oralist in the U.S. out of approximately 600 oralists)

News & Insights


  • Director, Board of Directors, Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust, March 2024-present
  • NYSBA Empire Counsel Award, 50 or more hours of pro bono work
  • President Elect, Director, and Former Secretary, University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association and Graduates of the Last Decade ("GOLD") Group 2016- Present 
  • President, Volunteer Lawyers Project Rising Champions for Justice, 2022
  • Community Council Member, Buffalo State Newman Center , 2022
  • Assistant Coach, Buffalo State Mock Trial, 2011-2015
  • Member, Order of Barristers Honor Society, 2014
  • Bar Association of Erie County: Volunteer Lawyers Project


  • Treasurer, New York State Bar Association Local and State Government Law Section
  • Chairperson, Bar Association of Erie County, Environmental Law Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Condemnation, Certiorari and Real Estate Taxation; Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
  • Member, Bar Association of Erie County, Committee on Eminent Domain and Tax Certiorari

  • Associate member, New York State Assessors Association
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