Jessica A. Leis
Jessica A. Leis
Jessica A. Leis is an Associate in the firm’s land use & zoning, IDA and litigation practice groups. She appears regularly before various municipal boards for public hearings on both residential and commercial applications and is skilled in the application process pertaining to variances, conditional/special use permits, subdivisions and IDA financial assistance. She also appears in Nassau and Suffolk County District Courts on behalf of individuals and entities charged with code violations. Additionally, she drafts petitions/answers and memoranda of law on Article 78 proceedings relating to the appeal of municipal boards’ determinations, as well as appears in Supreme Court for oral arguments.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Leis was an Assistant County Attorney in the Tort Division of the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office where she defended the County on all State Court claims. She was also previously a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County where she represented indigent clients at all stages of the criminal proceedings.
In addition to her legal work, Ms. Leis also volunteers her time to law students at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, through the University’s Mentorship Program.
- Hofstra University School of Law, 2011
- Binghamton University, State University of New York, B.S., 2007
- New York State Bar
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- Nassau County Bar Association
- 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
- June 2, 2020
New York Real Estate Journal, A Cautionary Tale in Zoning: Historical Use of a Property Does Not Guarantee Continued Future Use
- November 21, 2019
Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Award recipient (Associate)
- September 17, 2019
New York Real Estate Journal‘s 2019 Women in Real Estate (WIRE)
- September 12, 2019
2019 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars list (Land Use & Zoning)
- February 1, 2019
What Developers and Land Use Practitioners Need to Know About the New SEQRA Amendments
- December 5, 2018
Firm Zoning Attorneys Present at the Nassau County Bar Association
- September 13, 2018
Leis Named to the 2018 New York SuperLawyers Rising Stars®List
- September 2018
Selling Tobacco: Avoiding the Pitfalls that Lead to License Revocation
- July 23, 2018
Leis Quoted in Newsday for Town of North Hempstead Housing Authority Project.