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Erik W. Snipas

Erik Snipas is an associate in the Firm’s Land Use & Zoning and Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Benefits & Government Incentives practice groups. Mr. Snipas concentrates his practice in the areas of land use, zoning, environmental, municipal, and real estate law. He has secured variances, special use permits, site plan approval, as well as minor and major subdivisions, and other zoning approvals on behalf of large corporations, real estate developers, restaurant owners, and residential property owners. Mr. Snipas represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including Article 78 proceedings challenging the determinations of boards and appears in district court on behalf of entities charged with code violations.

Mr. Snipas also currently serves as a coach at St. John’s University School of Law, where he teaches trial advocacy techniques to students of regional and national mock trial teams.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Snipas held several positions in the Queens County District Attorney’s office.  Most recently, he was an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County Supreme Court, where he prosecuted and investigated a wide array of felonies including attempted murder, burglary, robbery, illegal gun possession, assault, domestic violence, forgery, and identity theft.

During law school, he was a staff member of the New York International Law Review and St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law. He served as Director of External Competition of the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute and was the recipient of the 2013 Federal Bar Council Award.

Mr. Snipas was featured in Long Island Business News‘ Ones to Watch column.

Mr. Snipas has lectured at Nassau County Bar Association programs.


  • IDA
  • Land Use & Zoning


  • St. John’s University School of Law, 2014
  • St. John’s University, B.S., 2009


  • New York State Bar


  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Assistant District Attorney’s Association of Queens