Top-ranked law firm opens White Plains office

Harris Beach, a law firm with offices all over New York state, is opening a second Westchester office in White Plains. They already have an office in Yonkers.

I’ll let them tell you about it in their own words:

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“The law firm Harris Beach PLLC has expanded its state-wide practice with the opening of a White Plains office and the addition of attorneys Darius P. Chafizadeh as partner and Kristen Kelley Wilson as senior counsel to that office at 445 Hamilton Avenue. They will provide clients in the area with access to the full-service resources of Harris Beach, which now has 10 offices in New York state and one in Newark, New Jersey.

“James A. Spitz, Jr., Harris Beach CEO, said: “The White Plains office meets our strategic initiative to provide clients in this geographic area with efficient access to the state-wide resources of Harris Beach. It also meets our objective to expand our New York State municipal law, public finance, and commercial litigation practices in the region. We welcome our new colleagues Darius Chafizadeh and Kristen Kelley Wilson. They are well-respected in Westchester and surrounding counties.”

“Darius Chafizadeh represents both private and public sector clients, has tried numerous civil and criminal cases to verdict in both state and federal courts and has argued countless cases before state and federal appellate courts. He represents municipalities in administrative proceedings, SEQRA proceedings, Article 78 proceedings, civil rights matters, tort matters, and other civil litigation matters. He also represents municipalities in claims brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 by religious property owners and the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Chafizadeh also serves as counsel to public utilities. Mr. Chafizadeh began his legal career in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he served for three years as an assistant district attorney in the Felony Trial Bureau. He received his JD from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and degrees from Fordham University and Providence College.

“Kristen Kelley Wilson represents municipal clients in state and federal litigation focusing on Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, land use, environmental, and civil rights matters. She also represents corporate clients on contractual, property, and business litigation matters. Ms. Wilson received her JD and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law and undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

“Harris Beach has 200 lawyers and is one of the country’s Top 250 law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal and has offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, and Yonkers, as well as Newark, New Jersey. The White Plains office at 445 Hamilton Avenue complements the Yonkers Harris Beach presence in Westchester County and gives the firm a platform to expand services throughout the tri-state region.

“Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its affiliates provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state as well as nationally. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, health care providers, privately-held companies, emerging technology businesses, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, state and local governments and authorities, and individuals.”

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.