Firm History

stuart r. shamberg founding attorney hollis laidlaw & simon westchester mount kisco new york law city firm

An Attorney for the People

1971

Stuart R. Shamberg (April 4, 1926 – January 1, 2017) founded his Northern Westchester law practice in 1971. With a background in construction, Mr. Shamberg represented builders at a time when Westchester County was rapidly growing and developing, and he soon became known as a respected land use attorney. In the mid-1970’s, Mr. Shamberg partnered with Martin Bender to become Shamberg & Bender. The firm was instrumental in effecting progressive changes to land use law in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley.

1977

Mr. Shamberg served as lead counsel in the 1977 landmark case, Berenson v. Town of New Castle, which allowed the development of 3,500 multifamily housing units in New Castle and eliminated exclusionary zoning in the State of New York. Both The New York Times and The Patent Trader ran editorials celebrating this decision. At the time, Mr. Shamberg was quoted as saying, “I don’t think Northern Westchester should be a private country club based on zoning.”

john s. marwell partner emeritus hollis laidlaw simon litigation land use & zoning attorney westchester county mount kisco new york city

The Firm Evolves

1979

In the late 1970’s, with the addition of John Marwell, the firm became Shamberg, Bender & Marwell, and their reputation as the law firm to commercial developers continued to grow. The partners handled many large scale zoning projects and litigations that brought prominence to the firm. Mr. Marwell, who today serves as Partner Emeritus, was on the forefront of issues surrounding land use and zoning and advocated strongly for the development of affordable housing in the region.
p. daniel hollis III hollis laidlaw simon litigation land use & zoning guardianship trusts estates attorney westchester county mount kisco new york city

1990

The firm evolved over the years, and in 1990, Dan Hollis joined the team. A skilled litigator, Mr. Hollis not only enhanced the land use and zoning practice, but also brought a deep knowledge of complex corporation and real estate operations, as well as estate and guardianship matters.
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2014

In 2014, Moira Laidlaw merged her successful Laidlaw Firm, which she founded in 2002, with Shamberg Marwell, broadening the firm’s range with her distinguished trusts and estates practice. Ms. Laidlaw, who holds the rare distinction of being a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), now serves as Managing Partner.
david simon attorney land-use & zoning, litigation, employment law corporate law westchester mount kisco new york city law firm

2018

David Simon joined in 2018, bringing a practice that serves clients in Westchester and Putnam counties, New York City and abroad. His corporate and employment law experience, in addition to his foundation in litigation and background as an analyst with Lehman Brothers, rounded out the team’s capabilities.

Today

david simon moira laidlaw dan hollis leadership team hollis laidlaw & simon westchester mount kisco new york law city firm litigation real estate trusts & estates employment law corporate law land use & zoning
Hollis Laidlaw & Simon is now 15 attorneys strong, and while we have expanded beyond our origins as a prominent land use firm, we are still as committed to excellence and the highest ethical standards as our original firm partners once were. As Mr. Shamberg used to say, “Buy brains,” and we are extremely proud of the intelligence and outstanding abilities of each of our attorneys and support staff.
david simon moira laidlaw dan hollis leadership team hollis laidlaw & simon westchester mount kisco new york law city firm litigation real estate trusts & estates employment law corporate law land use & zoning

Today

Hollis Laidlaw & Simon P.C. is now 15 attorneys strong, and while we have expanded beyond our origins as a prominent land use firm, we are still as committed to excellence and the highest ethical standards as our original firm partners once were. As Mr. Shamberg used to say, “Buy brains,” and we are proud of the intelligence and outstanding abilities of our attorneys.

An Attorney for the People

stuart r. shamberg founding attorney hollis laidlaw & simon westchester mount kisco new york law city firm

1971

Hollis Laidlaw & Simon P.C. was founded in 1971 by Stuart R. Shamberg (April 4, 1926 – January 1, 2017) as a Northern Westchester practice with an emphasis on land use and litigation. With a background in construction, Mr. Shamberg represented builders at a time when Westchester County was rapidly growing and developing, and he soon became known as a respected land use attorney. In the mid-1970’s, Mr. Shamberg partnered with Martin Bender to become Shamberg & Bender. The firm was instrumental in effecting progressive changes to land use law in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley.

1977

Mr. Shamberg served as lead counsel in the 1977 landmark case, Berenson v. Town of New Castle, which allowed the development of 3,500 multifamily housing units in New Castle and eliminated exclusionary zoning in the State of New York. Both The New York Times and The Patent Trader ran editorials celebrating this decision. At the time, Mr. Shamberg was quoted as saying, “I don’t think Northern Westchester should be a private country club based on zoning.”

The Firm Evolves

john s. marwell partner emeritus hollis laidlaw simon litigation land use & zoning attorney westchester county mount kisco new york city

1979

In the late 1970’s, with the addition of John Marwell, the firm became Shamberg, Bender & Marwell, and their reputation as the law firm to commercial developers continued to grow. The partners handled many large scale zoning projects and litigations that brought prominence to the firm. Mr. Marwell, who today serves as Partner Emeritus, was on the forefront of issues surrounding land use and zoning and advocated strongly for the development of affordable housing in the region.
p. daniel hollis III hollis laidlaw simon litigation land use & zoning guardianship trusts estates attorney westchester county mount kisco new york city

1990

The firm evolved over the years, and in 1990, Dan Hollis joined the team. A skilled litigator, Mr. Hollis not only enhanced the land use and zoning practice, but also brought a deep knowledge of complex corporation and real estate operations, as well as estate and guardianship matters.
moira s. laidlaw attorney trusts & estates elder law medicaid planning special needs planning attorney hollis laidlaw & simon westchester mount kisco new york city law firm

2014

In 2014, Moira Laidlaw merged her successful Laidlaw Firm, which she founded in 2002, with Shamberg Marwell, broadening the firm’s range with her distinguished trusts and estates practice. Ms. Laidlaw, who holds the rare distinction of being a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), now serves as Managing Partner.
david simon attorney land-use & zoning, litigation, employment law corporate law westchester mount kisco new york city law firm

2018

David Simon joined in 2018, bringing a practice that serves clients in Westchester and Putnam counties, New York City and abroad. His corporate and employment law experience, in addition to his foundation in litigation and background as an analyst with Lehman Brothers, rounded out the team’s capabilities.
david simon moira laidlaw dan hollis leadership team hollis laidlaw & simon westchester mount kisco new york law city firm litigation real estate trusts & estates employment law corporate law land use & zoning

Today

Hollis Laidlaw & Simon is now 15 attorneys strong, and while we have expanded beyond our origins as a prominent land use firm, we are still as committed to excellence and the highest ethical standards as our original firm partners once were. As Mr. Shamberg used to say, “Buy brains,” and we are extremely proud of the intelligence and outstanding abilities of each of our attorneys and support staff.