Maximillian Mahalek - Land Use Attorney Westchester NY - SEQRA Review Process Lawyer

Maximillian R. Mahalek 914-761-1300

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” – Daniel Burnham (Architect and City Planner)

Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Community Service
Max is an Associate in the Firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development Telecommunications, and Cannabis groups. He counsels clients in a wide range of local and state permitting matters and regularly represents applicants before administrative and legislative bodies. He also guides clients through the SEQRA review process and provides counsel in relation to development agreements, easements, and deed restrictions.

While at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Max received the Distinguished Service Award from the highly regarded Land Use Law Center. Max also served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, Chief Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and interned for the Village of Ossining, NY Corporation Counsel, as well as for Johnson, Haslun & Hogeman, a boutique land use law firm in Greenwich, CT.


  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2019
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of the Arts in Urban Planning, 2014
  • Master of Urban Planning, 2015


  • New York
  • Connecticut

Awards + Recognitions

  • Distinguished Service Award, Land Use Law Center, Elisabeth Haub School of Law (2019)
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (2008)

Professional Associations

  • American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division; Chair-Elect (Vice President) (2023-Present); Secretary and Treasurer, 2020-2022
  • White Plains, NY Bar Association; Board Member, 2023-Present

Presentations + Publications

“From Euclid to Darwin: The Unavoidable Evolution of Zoning in the Post-COVID-19 World”
New York State Bar Association Journal (2020)

Community Service

  • Advisory Board Member; Urban Land Institute, Westchester/Fairfield Chapter (2021-Present)
  • Fellow, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress (2019-2020)

Growing up in and around Chicago, I gained a strong interest in urban development trends, which led me to study urban planning in college and graduate school. While in these programs, I came to greatly appreciate the work of zoning attorneys, including their crafting of strong legal and policy arguments in favor of land use proposals, negotiation compromises with municipalities where feasible, and developing productive relationships with public officials. I now relish the opportunity to do the same on behalf of my clients. –Maximillian


445 Hamilton Avenue
14th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
T 914.761.1300
F 914.761.5372

New York City

270 Madison Avenue
Suite 1801
New York, NY 10016
T 914.761.1300
F 914.761.5372

Hudson Valley

300 Westage
Business Center
Suite 380

Fishkill, NY 12524
T 845.896.2229
F 845.896.3672