John T. Refermat Named Partner at Lacy Katzen LLP

New Partner named at Lacy Katzen LLP

Online PR News – 16-March-2010 – – Lacy Katzen is pleased to announce that John T. Refermat has been named a partner of the firm. He is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice includes complex civil and commercial litigation, real property tax certiorari/eminent domain, zoning and municipal/land use litigation, and environmental matters. Mr. Refermat also handles securities arbitration and construction litigation. An experienced appellate advocate, he has successfully prepared and argued appeals before New York’s Appellate Division and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Managing Partner Peter T. Rodgers stated that “John’s depth of experience and litigation skills significantly enhance Lacy Katzen’s ability to serve our clients’ diverse needs. We are excited to have John on our team.”

John said “I have long been impressed by Lacy Katzen. We are a full service law firm with the resources and experience to handle a wide variety of litigation and other matters effectively and economically for our clients. I am proud of the firm’s history and look forward to the future.”
John represents property owners, school districts and municipalities in real property tax proceedings and advises both public and private clients on the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). On behalf of municipalities and other entities, he has successfully defended a variety of proceedings, including those involving SEQRA, landmark designation, and zoning/land use issues.
John is a McQuaid Jesuit Graduate who received his BA in Economics from Hamilton College and his Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School. He has served as General Counsel to the Binghamton Housing Authority, Counsel to the Broome County Republican Committee, Special Counsel to New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous, and Treasurer of the Monroe County Republican Committee.

His admissions to practice include the New York State Bar, United States District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Bankruptcy Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Supreme Court.
John is involved with Lacy Katzen’s Marketing and Litigation Committees, and volunteers his time on behalf of various professional and community activities. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Penfield Little League, the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, Birthright of Rochester, and as a member of the George Eastman Legacy Committee and the Eastman House Council. He is also a member of the Town of Penfield Republican Committee, and formerly served on the Rochester Childfirst Network Board of Directors, and the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Board.
In their spare time, John and his wife Stacy enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes, and keeping up with their three children, Stan, Reilly and Joe.

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