Janis M. Gomez Anderson is of counsel to the firm. Ms. Gomez Anderson has practiced municipal law in the Mid-Hudson Valley for more than 18 years. She has represented town boards, zoning boards and planning boards in Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam Counties, advising clients on zoning, planning and land use matters, compliance with New York State law, constitutional questions and other matters.
Ms. Gomez Anderson has drafted numerous local laws including zoning laws for several municipalities regulating signage.
A former prosecutor, Ms. Gomez Anderson has worked extensively with town zoning enforcement officers to better develop evidence in enforcement cases leading to compliance by citizens and, when necessary, successful prosecutions in town courts.
Ms. Gomez Anderson has also successfully defended numerous Article 78 proceedings in both the Supreme Court and Appellate Division, including representing the Town of Kent Zoning Board of Appeals in Matter of BBJ Associates LLC v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Town of Kent, 65 AD3d 154 (2009), which was cited as a “Decision of the Day” in the New York Law Journal (https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/almID/1202431937863/).
In addition to her work as a municipal lawyer, Ms. Gomez Anderson has experience litigating private land use and zoning matters at the Supreme Court and appellate levels as well as experience representing not-for-profit organizations and fire districts. She has also counseled corporate and not-for-profit clients on complying with federal, state and local statutes and regulations including federal employment statutes and the New York Human Rights Law.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Gomez Anderson served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan where she tried multiple cases and argued numerous hearings. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert G. Doumar, in the United States District Court, E.D. of Virginia (Norfolk Division).
Ms. Gomez Anderson is a member of the Dutchess County Bar Association, Mid-Hudson Women's Bar Association (of which she was president from 2004-2006) and the New York Bar Association. Her note, The Potential Double Jeopardy Implications of Administrative License Revocation was published in the Emory Law Journal, 46 Emory L.J. 331, in 1997.
New York, 1998
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
J.D. (Order of the Coif) - 1983
Robert W. Woodruff Fellow
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
B.A. (Cum Laude) - 1990