Michael H. Sahn is the Managing Member of Sahn Ward PLLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use planning, real estate law and transactions, corporate, municipal and environmental law.
He also represents the firm’s clients in civil litigation and appeals.
Mr. Sahn is a member of the board of advisors of the Northwell Health System. He also serves as chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Incorporated Village of Flower Hill.
He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, and previously served as the co-chair of the Real Property Law Committee and as chairman of the Administrative Agencies Committee.
Mr. Sahn is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. He is frequently invited to lecture before professional groups in his areas of expertise. He also is a regular contributor of editorial and opinion articles to Innovate Long Island and articles on legal issues for Nassau Lawyer, the Journal for the Nassau County Bar Association.
Mr. Sahn began his career at the Town of North Hempstead, serving as a deputy town attorney, counsel to the Board of Zoning Appeals, and as commissioner of Planning and Research Development. He also served as associate counsel to state Senators Michael J. Tully Jr. and Michael Balboni.
For every year from 2010 through 2022, Mr. Sahn has been selected to the list of New York Metro Super Lawyers, being recognized in the practice area of Land Use/Zoning. In 2011, he received the Leadership in Law Award from Long Island Business News.
In 2022, Mr. Sahn was also named a Top Lawyer by the Long Island Herald in the category of Land Use and Zoning. Mr. Sahn holds an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named to the 2022 AV Preeminent Attorney-Judicial Edition.
He is peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence. His most recent articles for Innovate Long Island were entitled, “Hochul Comes Out Swinging in Rekindled Housing Fight” and “As AI Evolves, The Battle for Control Begins in Court.”
His recent article, for the Nassau Lawyer was entitled, “Uncertainty of the Administrative State After West Virgina v. EPA”.
How do you see your business evolving due to the changing times?
Our firm will continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of our clients, and to provide the highest quality legal representation and advice. Our vision is to continue our strategic development as a regional law firm at the forefront of legal thinking.
We use the diverse knowledge, expertise and experience of our lawyers and staff in a team approach to achieve our clients’ goals. We have always embraced challenging and changing times as opportunities to grow and improve our practice.
The legal industry has changed markedly in the last few years with the consolidation of law firms, reliance on technology, and remote work environments. We have invested in our technology infrastructure, expanded our new Suffolk County office that has full-time lawyers and staff, added new practice groups and established a presence in New York City.
Most importantly, we have recruited and retained talented and dedicated people, including many younger lawyers who will form the basis of our next generation of leadership. We plan to continue on these paths as they have served as the foundation of our practice throughout the years.
What advice would you give other business owners?
Set your business plan, stick with it and take bold initiatives based on strategic, long-range planning. Adapt as necessary to new circumstances, but never compromise your core goals, business culture and values.