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Former Chair of NYC Landmarks and Board of Standards and Appeals Meenakshi Srinivasan Joins Kramer Levin


is pleased to announce that Meenakshi Srinivasan is
joining the firm on August 27 as Senior Land Use and Zoning Advisor in
the Land Use Department. Srinivasan has nearly three decades of
experience working on New York City land use issues in positions that
include Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Chair of the
Board of Standards and Appeals, and Deputy Director of the Manhattan
Office of the Department of City Planning. She earned a bachelor's
degree at the School of Architecture and Planning in New Delhi, India,
and holds postgraduate degrees in architecture and planning from the
University of Pennsylvania.

"Meenakshi's unique background, which includes senior positions at the
three principal New York City land use agencies, has given her a deep
knowledge of New York land use and an unmatched understanding of both
land use policy and zoning laws that will be a great asset to the firm
and our clients," said Paul
, co-chair of Kramer Levin's Land Use group.

, also co-chair of the Land Use group, added, "Meenakshi is
a trained architect and talented administrator who has overseen reviews
of many of the city's most significant developments. We are excited to
have her join our practice."

At the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Srinivasan led an 80-person
mayoral agency that protects and preserves the city's historic resources
by designating buildings and districts, regulating designated
properties, and enforcing compliance with the Landmarks Law. Previously,
with the Board of Standards and Appeals, she oversaw a 20-person office
that decides zoning variance and special permit applications and appeals
from determinations by the city's Buildings and Fire Departments.
Srinivasan began her work for the city in 1990 at the Department of City
Planning, where she worked on several high profile city initiatives
including Theater Air Rights transfers and Hudson Yards Zoning Framework.

"In the close to 30 years that I have worked in New York City's land use
agencies, Kramer Levin's people have always stood out for the high
quality of their work, their integrity and their deep understanding and
respect for the land use processes," Srinivasan said. "They work on many
of the most significant land use and zoning projects in the city, and I
am thrilled to join them in that work."

About Kramer Levin's Land Use Practice

Levin's Land Use practice
is the largest and most experienced in New
York City and comprises many distinguished former city employees. With a
core group of partners that has practiced together for more than 30
years and support from a cadre of other lawyers, a veteran real estate
litigator, two condemnation lawyers, an engineer and three planners, the
firm offers unmatched technical knowledge, synergy, industry insight and

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