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Paul D. Selver


Co-chair, Land Use

Phone: 212.715.9199 Fax: 212.715.8231 New York

Paul D. Selver, Co-chair of the Land Use Department, counsels and represents both private and public-sector clients in all aspects of land use and development law, with a special emphasis on environmental, zoning and historic preservation. Mr. Selver represents clients in matters involving the public and environmental review of complex and large-scale projects, zoning interpretation critical to project approval, and transfers of development rights. He also oversees land use and environmental due diligence in connection with real estate purchases and financings, and has served as special counsel in litigation defending challenges to land use-related permits and approvals.

Over the past five years, Mr. Selver has coordinated the successful public approval of the reconstruction of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport; he has overseen the documentation of scores of development rights assemblages and transfers; he has secured key zoning interpretations and landmark approvals for the “super tall” building at 217 W. 57th St.; and he has represented developers and institutions in successful applications to the Landmarks Preservation Commission — for both alterations and new construction — in the Greenwich Village, Ladies Mile and Upper East Side historic districts, among other areas.

Mr. Selver is currently overseeing the acquisition of development rights and the preparation and processing of discretionary land use actions for the redevelopment of the former Long Island Hospital campus in Brooklyn, with a 1.1-million-square-foot development that includes residences, a new medical facility and a public school; the development of a new 500-unit apartment building and a 5,200-square-foot public open space bridging the Lincoln Tunnel approach in Manhattan’s Clinton neighborhood; and the development of a new 64-floor mixed-use building and public garden that utilizes development rights from two individual landmarks in Manhattan’s NoMad district. He is also counseling firm clients in numerous development rights assemblages and transfers and on the land use aspects of projects that do not require discretionary land use actions, including assemblages in the East 20s, the East 80s and the West 40s.

Mr. Selver has practiced land use law with the same core group of attorneys since 1995, and brought his practice group to Kramer Levin in 2005. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of New York City’s most respected and well-known land use attorneys. Chambers USA has ranked Mr. Selver in Band 1 (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use) since 2005, recognizing him as a lawyer who clients and commentators describe as "one of the preeminent land use attorneys in New York," "very experienced and a terrific negotiator," and "just very, very knowledgeable in the area" (Chambers USA 2016). Best Lawyers in America has ranked him as a leading practitioner since 2005 and named him “New York Area’s Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and 2017, and Legal 500 US has repeatedly named him a top lawyer in real estate and construction (land use/zoning).

In addition to his work on behalf of Kramer Levin’s clients, Mr. Selver also serves as Chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee with the Real Estate Board of New York.

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1972
B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1969
New York, 1972
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2005; 2007-2017)
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers, Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year in New York (2012; 2017)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2005-2017)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 US (2009; 2011-2017)
    -Lawdragon 3000, Leading Lawyers in America (2006)
    -The Real Deal, NYC Elite Land-Use Attorney (2011)
    -Real Estate Weekly, All Star (2008)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2006-2016); “Top 100 Lawyers in New York” (2009-2010)
    -Law Business Research Limited, Who's Who Legal, One of the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers (2016, 2017)
    -Real Estate Board of New York - Chairman, Zoning Committee; Member, Land Use and Environmental Committee
    -Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Planning Board
    -Member, Citizens Housing and Planning Council
    -Advisory Board, Cityland
    -Advisory Committee, New York University Schack School of Real Estate