Taylor Palmer - Land Use Lawyer & Zoning Lawyer White Plains NY

Taylor M. Palmer

tpalmer@cuddyfeder.com 914 761 1300

“Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.” – Learned Hand

Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Taylor is a partner in the Firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development and Telecommunications groups. His practice areas include all facets of land use, real estate development, zoning and environmental law, as well as wireless telecommunications siting and related matters.

Prior to joining the Firm, Taylor was a District Representative & Grants/Appropriations Coordinator for U.S. Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey. Taylor was also an Associate Attorney at an Orange County, NY, law firm where he regularly represented developers in matters including a proposed casino development, organic and natural food manufacturing and distribution, and in the development of a cidery. Taylor also represented retailers, religious institutions, individuals and non-profit entities before municipal and state land use, zoning and environmental agencies in Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Rockland Counties.

While in law school, Taylor was an intern with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region III. Taylor was also an intern with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Environmental Protection Bureau, and he was the Research Assistant to Professor John R. Nolon of the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School.


  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Certificate in Environmental Law; 2012
  • Wheaton College (MA), B.A., Political Science & International Relations, magna cum laude; 2007


  • New York

Awards + Recognitions

  • Recipient of the Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Star: 40 Under 40 Award honoring young professionals in Westchester County demonstrating leadership, foresight and excellence in their profession; 2021
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch; 2021-2023
  • SuperLawyers® New York Metro Edition Rising Stars; 2017-2022
  • New Lawyers Leadership Award, Westchester County Bar Association; 2016
  • Leadership Orange; Class of 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award, Land Use Law Center; 2012
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Finalist; 2012
  • Pace Law School 1L Moot Court Competition, Champion; 2010

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • The Business Council of Westchester
  • Westchester County Association

Presentations + Publications

“SEQR 2.0: Effective Date Delayed for the New Full and Short Environmental Assessment Forms,”
The New York Municipal Lawyer
Vol. 27, No. 1, 2013

“Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods: How to Use the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System to Evaluate and Amend Local Plans, Codes, and Policies,”
U.S. Green Building Council, Land Use Law Center (Pace Law School)
December 7, 2012

“New York State Wind Energy Toolkit – Updated Chapter 14: Permitting,” New York State Energy Research Development Authority, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Land Use Law Center

“Sow What You Reap? Using Predator and Reaper Drones to Carry Out Assassinations or Targeted Killings of Suspected Islamic Terrorists,”
Thomas M. McDonnell
44 Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 243 (2012)
Contributor, Research Assistant

“Gloves Off, No Holds Barred: Best Practices for Finding a Job in the 21st Century Workplace,”
Pace Law School


  • Taylor is a lifelong resident of Westchester County.
  • He is a self-proclaimed foodie and craft beer enthusiast who enjoys culinary adventures, as well as fishing, hiking, golf and all things associated with New England Patriots football.

Taylor M. Palmer

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“From straightforward zoning issues to full-scale development projects, my goal is to streamline the legal process and provide comprehensive counseling and guidance to help developers maximize their return on investment through a return on influence.”–Taylor

Cuddy & Feder is pleased to announce that the Land Use Law Center will honor Taylor Palmer – a partner in the Firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development and Energy & Environmental practice groups – with the Distinguished Young Attorney award at its Founder’s Award Reception on Wednesday, December 7th.
This blog is the first in a series that will explore the ins-and-outs of Article 25-AA of the AML while largely focusing on the local land use entitlement process and the many ways agricultural and farm-related businesses are protected from unreasonably restrictive local regulation.