Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications

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Case Studies

Conor has been an Associate with the firm’s Litigation Group since 2014. His practice concentrates on matters involving environmental, land use, zoning, and real estate litigation, federal and state labor and employment law, and commercial contract disputes.

While in law school, Conor interned with Hon. Judge Richard J. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, served on Pace Environmental Law Review, and was a research assistant for Professor John R. Nolon of the Land Use Law Center. Conor’s student comment, Executive Power and Regional Climate Change Agreements, was published in the Summer 2014 edition of Pace Environmental Law Review. In his third year of law school, Conor successfully argued a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a group of environmental plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Certificate in Environmental Law; 2014
  • University of Utah, M.S., Philosophy; 2011
  • Westminster College, B.A., Philosophy & Sociology, summa cum laude; 2008


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Awards + Recognitions

  • Law School Faculty and Valedictorian Award, Pace University School of Law; 2014
  • Full Tuition Law Trustee’s Scholarship, Pace University School of Law; 2012-2014
  • Distinguished Service Award, Land Use Law Center; 2014

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Presentations + Publications

“Executive Power and Regional Climate Change Agreements”
Pace Environmental Law Review, Vol. 31, No.3, Summer 2014



  • Successfully represented the Sponsors of a 74-lot luxury home development in Rockland County in a dispute with the HOA regarding the parties’ compliance with the HOA’s Declaration and other governing documents and with a Settlement Agreement, which the parties had entered into in 2011.  In an initial Decision from April 2016, the Arbitrator ruled that the HOA had breached multiple provisions of the relevant agreements, particularly relating to the HOA’s interference with the Sponsors’ ability to market and sell lots, and reserved a determination on the amount of damages following further hearings on that issue.  The damages hearings took place last summer and in a decision, dated December 31, 2016, the Arbitrator awarded our clients over $1.8 million in damages and directed that the HOA fund a $300,000 shortfall in its reserve funds.  (the Arbitrator also ruled that we owed the HOA approximately $350,000 too.)  All told, when combined with the first decision, which ordered the HOA to forfeit $470,000 in escrow funds that it had previously received, the Sponsors were awarded a net of approximately $2.1 million.
  • Successfully represented a former tenant’s claim against our client, the landlord, for over $4 million for breach of lease and negligence. In response to the tenant’s complaint, we counterclaimed for rent and possession of the premises, the latter of which was granted to us in 2015. Thereafter, in October 2016 we moved for summary judgment dismissing all of the tenant’s claims against our client on the basis of certain provisions in the lease. In January of this year, the Court agreed with our reasoning in its entirety and dismissed all of the tenant’s claims against our client and ordered the parties to appear for a settlement conference at which Josh and I secured a settlement of $100,000.00 for our client on our counterclaims for unpaid rent.


  • Conor lives in Manhattan with his wife, Maria, and enjoys brewing beer, exploring the Hudson River Valley, and partaking in the many social and cultural opportunities offered in New York.


Creative problem-solving has always been a passion of mine, and a career in law has provided me the opportunity to do something I love and have an impact on real people in the process.
On February 23-25, our very own Conor J. Walline and Daniel M. Laub will serve as judges in the upcoming Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.
Smith owns Greenacre, a large parcel of land that she subdivides and then sells piecemeal. Jones, looking for somewhere nice to build his home, purchases one of the lots, which just happens to be landlocked and inaccessible from the local roads.