Jeffrey D. Forchelli
Chairman of the Firm and Co-Managing Partner
Jeffrey D. Forchelli
Jeffrey D. Forchelli founded the law firm, which is now known as Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, in 1976. He serves as Chairman of the Firm and Co-Managing Partner. Mr. Forchelli’s extensive practice concentrates on complex real estate and land use matters, including litigation and tax certiorari for major real estate developers and national corporations.
He is a Trustee of Brooklyn Law School and formerly served as a Trustee of Wagner College, where he also served as the Vice Chairman of the Board. He served as a Counsel to the New York State Assembly, as a Director of Security Title and Guaranty Company, and as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
In 2021, Mr. Forchelli was selected for inclusion in Long Island Business News’ Power 25 Law list, which recognizes the region’s top lawyers.
Mr. Forchelli was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law (8th Edition) and is consistently included in the “Who’s Who in Law” listing by Long Island Business News. He has been selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers lists (Land Use & Zoning). Annually since 2018, Mr. Forchelli has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© list (Land Use & Zoning Law).
In 2003, Mr. Forchelli endowed his first chair at Brooklyn Law School. He later endowed a second chair in 2004 in honor of his father, Don Forchelli, who was also a lawyer. In 2005, Brooklyn Law School celebrated the opening of the Jeffrey D. Forchelli Conference Center, named in his honor. He also received the National Alumni Association Award for “Excellence in Business” from Wagner College.
In 2009, Mr. Forchelli and his wife, Sadie, were honored by St. Francis Hospital at its annual Challenge Ball. Under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn, he was the recipient of the 2011 Frederic Ozanam Award. He has been honored by Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College, The Center for Developmental Disabilities, the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Annual Golf and Tennis Classic, and The INN—Interfaith Nutrition Network.
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1969
- Wagner College, B.S., 1966
- New York State Bar
- United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
- Brooklyn Law School (Trustee)
- Wagner College (Trustee and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees)
- Member, St. Francis Hospital Foundation Board
- Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District (former Trustee and President of the Board of Trustees)
- Nassau Community College (former Trustee)
- Nassau County Republican Executive Committee (Vice Chairman and Executive Committeeman)
- March 26, 2021
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP Congratulates Jeffrey D. Forchelli, one of the 25 Most Powerful People in Long Island Law
- November 20, 2020
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University: Partners in Education
October 28, 2020
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP has a Combined Total of 34 Attorneys Selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
- October 8, 2020
New Leadership Roles for Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP Partners
- September 1, 2020
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP’s Managing Partner, Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Appointed a Trustee of Undergraduate Alma Mater
- August 20, 2020
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 & Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Lists
- June 30, 2020
New York Real Estate Journal, “Extinguishing Restrictive Covenants Imposed as a Condition of Zoning Approvals” (published in the August 4, 2020 issue of the paper)
- September 12, 2019
2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list (Land Use & Zoning)
- August 15, 2019
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP’s Managing Partner Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
- September 13, 2018
Thirteen Partners from Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP Named 2018 New York Super Lawyers®
- August 16, 2018
Forchelli Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.
- September 21, 2017
Sixteen Partners from Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP Named 2017 New York Super Lawyers®
- September 20, 2017
Jeffrey D. Forchelli Receives ICON Award from Long Island Business News
- September 7, 2017
Jeffrey D. Forchelli Recognized By The Best Lawyers in America©
- October 14, 2016
Managing Partner Jeffrey D. Forchelli Honored by The Dante Foundation
- July 27, 2015
Jeffrey D. Forchelli and Stephen E. Pegalis Honored by the Nassau County Bar Association at the WE CARE Fund’s Annual Golf and Tennis Classic
- May 14, 2015
Jeffrey D. Forchelli Honored by The Long Island Business News with the Outstanding CEO Award
- February 3, 2014
Jeffrey D. Forchelli and Robert B. Moy Interviewed for Newsday article, “Raising the Bar – As Long Island Firms Expand, They Are Grabbing NYC Attorneys”
- November 8, 2012
Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Managing Partner, Honored by The Center for Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
- April 24th, 2012
Long Island Business News Honors Jeffrey D. Forchelli with a 2012 Real Estate & Development Award
- March 28th, 2012
LI Pulse Magazine Honors Jeffrey D. Forchelli as 2012 Legal Eagle
- April 4, 2011
Jeffrey D. Forchelli Orchestrates Public/Private Land Deal to Help NCC Expand
- May 16, 2011
Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Managing Partner of the Forchelli Law Firm, Honored as the Recipient of the 2011 Frederic Ozanam Award