Jacob Henry Zoghlin

Jacob Henry Zoghlin

Lawyer helping with environmental, land use, municipal, & development problems.
  • Environmental Law, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • New York
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Jacob is a Senior Associate Attorney with the Zoghlin Group and Chairs the firm’s Cannabis Law practice group. His practice focuses on environmental, zoning, land use, municipal, cannabis, energy, and administrative law. He counsels individuals, businesses, and municipalities, and helps them resolve their legal issues by advocating, educating, advising, and, if necessary, litigating on their behalf. His practice also focuses on ensuring government entities comply with the law, and has included litigation related to New York’s Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Law, and Open Meetings Law.

Jacob has prosecuted and argued Article 78 proceedings in New York State trial and appellate courts, advised public and private sector clients on the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and worked with clients on environmental and land use regulations. In his zoning and land use practice, Jacob works on matters involving site plan, incentive zoning, special local approvals/permits, variances, and other real estate development applications.

Before joining The Zoghlin Group, Jacob represented clients in a Human Rights Litigation Clinic, worked for the National Labor Relations Board, and interned for a Superior Court Judge in Washington, DC. He also previously worked with an employment litigation firm and a civil rights advocacy group in the Washington, DC area. Jacob was born and raised in the Rochester, NY area and enjoys soup-making, skiing, and traveling with his wife and family.

American University Washington College of Law
J.D. (2014) | Law
Honors: Graduated Cum Laude; 1L Merit Scholarship; Highest Grade in Election Law; and Pro Bono Honors
Activities: UNROW Litigation Clinic; Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law; Legislation and Policy Brief; Law and Government Society (Vice President); and Equal Justice Foundation (member and grant recipient).
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Haverford College in Pennsylvania
B.A. (2011) | Philosophy
Study Abroad at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Program in European Culture & Society, Fall-Winter 2009
Honors: Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium Conference Presenter (2011); Miller Fellow (2010-11)
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Professional Experience
Senior Associate Attorney
The Zoghlin Group, PLLC
- Current
Sr. Assoc. Attorney (2019-Present), Chair of Cannabis Law Practice (2021-Present), Assoc. Att. (2016-2019). Civil litigation with extensive motions practice in environmental, land-use, municipal, zoning, cannabis & energy law: • Advise individuals, businesses, citizens groups, & municipal boards in administrative proceedings & litigation. • Commence & prosecute/defend Article 78 proceedings, declaratory judgment actions, & hybrid proceedings. • Manage a wide variety of cases, prepare settlement demands, & attend mediation/dispute resolution meetings. • Negotiate mediated settlements of litigated cases & prepare settlement documents to resolve disputes. • Draft pleadings, conduct discovery, conduct/defend depositions, & brief/argue motions & appeals. • Guide municipalities in conducting environmental reviews & adopting local laws/resolutions. • Coordinate with environmental consultants & expert witnesses regarding affidavits & testimony. • Supervise associate attorney & staff.
Board of Directors, Flower City Arts Center
Flower City Arts Center is a community-based not-for-profit that educates, encourages, and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. FCAC offers educational programs in a variety of visual arts with an emphasis on three areas: Printmaking & Book Arts, Ceramics, and Photography & Digital Arts. We produce youth programs, classes, and workshops, provide facilities to our studio artists, and exhibit work in our galleries. We collaborate with community groups for the benefit of all. Our photography, ceramics and book arts programs are available to community members of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. The Flower City Arts Center is an Institutional Member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Staff Attorney
Bansbach Zoghlin, P.C.
• Drafted a variety of pleadings, petitions, motions, briefs, administrative applications, and administrative appeals. • Authored legal memoranda on federal and state environmental, administrative, and Constitutional law. • Organized voluminous document review projects, prepared affirmative discovery motions, and opposed same.
Law Clerk (Contract Position)
The Spiggle Law Firm
• Drafted disclosures, reviewed and indexed documents, and composed memoranda on diverse discovery issues. • Researched and drafted legal memoranda on specific questions of substantive employment law.
Student Attorney
UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic
• Researched and drafted legal memoranda, complaints, motions, and briefs on diverse legal issues including human rights, immigration, Constitutional law, and the Freedom Of Information Act. • Represented clients in administrative proceedings, helped develop litigation strategies, and interviewed clients. • Secured asylum for victim of gang-based violence, authored submissions, and represented clients in hearings.
Legal Intern
National Labor Relations Board
• Researched and drafted legal memoranda analyzing various labor law issues for agency attorneys. • Authored internal legal memorandum on tactics for obtaining consent judgments throughout the country. • Monitored labor law outcomes and tracked trends to help develop long-term litigation strategies.
Legal Intern
Honorable Laura A. Cordero, D.C., Superior Court
• Conducted legal research and drafted civil judicial orders on dispositive motions. • Drafted judicial opinions on appeals from administrative decisions. • Observed and assisted judge in courtroom proceedings, pretrial conferences, and hearing preparations.
Legislative Law Clerk
Anti-Defamation League
• Wrote advocacy memoranda on civil rights advancement, counterterrorism, and the First Amendment. • Monitored legislative developments, administrative regulations, judicial decisions, and executive branch nominations.
Articles & Publications
Punishments In Penal Institutions: (Dis)-Proportionality in Isolation
Human Rights Brief
Speaking Engagements
New York Adult Use Marijuana: What Local Municipalities Need To Know”, New York State
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Cannabis Law
Ensuring Local Governments Comply With The Law: An Overview of New York’s Open Meetings Law, Rochester, New York
National Business Institute
Navigating Open Meetings Law Compliance Issues, Rochester, New York
National Business Institute
“Rising Star” Award in "Environmental Litigation" in Upstate New York from SuperLawyers
SuperLawyers uses a multiphase selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with independent research. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Upstate New York receive this distinction for excellence in legal practice.
"Up and Coming Attorney" Award and "Excellence in Law" Honoree
The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal
The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal bestowed the “Up and Coming Attorneys” award as part of their 2021 “Excellence in Law” program. The award honors attorneys who have demonstrated professional accomplishments, community service, and a strong commitment to the legal profession.
“Rising Star” Award in "Zoning and Land Use" Law in Upstate New York from SuperLawyers
SuperLawyers uses a multiphase selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with independent research. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Upstate New York receive this distinction for excellence in legal practice.
Professional Associations
New York State Bar Association
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 5480561
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Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services
ID Number: 0092698
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Environmental Law
    Municipal Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
The Zoghlin Group Website - Jacob Zoghlin
Contact & Map
300 State St
Rochester, NY 14614
Telephone: (585) 434-0790