Jennifer Van Tuyl - Dutchess County Attorney – Land Use Lawyer Hudson Valley

Jennifer L. Van Tuyl 845 896 2229
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Community Service
Jennifer is a Partner at the firm and one of the firm’s three LEED ® AP attorneys. Jennifer has practiced land use law in the Mid-Hudson Valley for more than 25 years and manages the firm’s Hudson Valley office. Her clients include a broad range of mixed-use, commercial and industrial developers, utilities and non-profits, both as applicants for land use and environmental permits and in matters relating to municipal law enforcement and contracts with governmental agencies. She regularly appears before Planning Boards, Town/City/Village Boards, Zoning Boards and other permitting boards and agencies. She has worked on a number of projects involving adaptive reuse of historic buildings, Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) and other mixed-use and transportation-oriented projects, which often include zoning amendments, comprehensive plan amendments, and Coastal Zone and LWRP consistency determinations, as well as SEQRA compliance issues and green building and other sustainability issues. Jennifer has a background in municipal law and has served as a Town and Village Attorney and as special counsel for numerous municipal corporations, school district/library agencies and Planning and Zoning Boards, undertaking special projects as direct actions or reviewing controversial projects.

Jennifer has also handled land use, SEQRA and municipal litigation and has argued cases in the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals. She served on the New York State Advisory Committee on Land Use Statutes during the major revision of those statutes in the state and served on the Governor’s Commission on Coastal Resources as Chair of the Committee on Growth Management.

She lectures widely on land development and environmental issues and frequently participates as an instructor in training programs for local legislative, zoning and planning board members.


  • University of Virginia Law School, J.D.; 1971
  • Vassar College, A.B.; 1968


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Awards + Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers® Upstate New York; 2010, 2012-2022
    • Top 25: Women Upstate New York Super Lawyers
    • Top 25: Hudson Valley Super Lawyers
  • “AV” Preeminent rating (the highest available) from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Designated by Martindale-Hubbell as “2013 Top-Rated lawyer in Land use and Zoning”
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional; 2009

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Municipal and Environmental Sections
  • US Green Building Council, New York Upstate Chapter
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee Chair, 1991-1992; President, 1987-1988

Presentations + Publications

“SEQRA Reform – Changes to SEQRA Regulations and to SEQRA Forms”
NYS Bar Association, Annual Fall Meeting (Environmental/Municipal Law Sections), October 25, 2013

“SEQRA Reform”
Alliance for Balance Growth SEQRA Summit, November 1, 2012 and September 24, 2013

“SEQR: Getting Ready for the new EAF”
NYS Bar Association, Environmental and Municipal Law Section, October 2011

“Avoiding Surprises During the Planning Process”
NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors Annual Conference, January 2010, January 2011

 “New SEQRA Regulations and Forms”
NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors Annual Conference, January 2013

“Beyond the Stimulus Package–Funding Public Improvements in Hard Times,”
New York State Association of Towns Annual Meeting presentation to Town Attorneys, February 17, 2009

“New SEQRA Forms”
New York State Association of Towns Annual Meeting presentation to Town Attorneys, February 18, 2013

Orange County Planning Federation Training Program for Planning and Zoning Board members
2006 to 2013

Affordable Housing and Smart Growth, Dutchess County Bar Association Training Program
September 2007

Comprehensive Planning and Smart Growth: Comprehensive Plan Compliance, Incentive Zoning, Transfer of Development Rights
October 2006

Transfer of Development Rights, Dutchess County Planning Federation, Vassar College
October 2004

Community Service

  • Legislative Action Committee, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2012-present
  • Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Council workgroup on Industry Clusters (Professional and Financial Services) Fall, 2011
  • American Heart Association, Dutchess Ulster “Go Red for Women” Executive Leadership Team, 2009-2010
  • Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors; 2004-2010


  • Jennifer and her husband John reside in the foothills of the Catskills.
  • They are members of the Order of Malta (, American Association, and active in the Order’s Prison Ministry.
  • Jennifer appreciates coffees from small-batch roasters and enjoys exploring the latest brewing methods.
  • She generally carts significant amounts of coffee-brewing paraphernalia even on vacations.
  • Her other hobby is reading history and literature.
  • In pursuing law, she set aside an initial inclination to pursue a graduate degree in history, so she enjoys reading history and biography from different historical periods, whether World War II in the Pacific or the last days of the Russian Czars.
  • She also enjoys reading different translations of books like Dante’s Divine Comedy—the translator has a dramatic effect on the experience of the work.

Jennifer L. Van Tuyl

Rated by Super Lawyers

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I like being part of development projects that create real places for people to live and work, and that become vital parts of local communities. I also appreciate the spirit and tenacity of my clients, who can see beyond the controversies of the permitting process to the future community their vision will create.  –Jennifer

Cuddy & Feder LLP is pleased to announce that 18 of its attorneys have been selected to the 2022 Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Located in the Town of Wawarsing in southern Ulster County, the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing has now opened its doors in Cragsmoor, New York, to provide a place of retreat, wellbeing and learning focused on the Buddhist teachings of the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition.