Daniel J. Baker

Daniel J. Baker - Long Island Zoning Lawyer - Certilman Balin

Daniel J. Baker is a Partner in our Real Estate and Land Use and Zoning Practice Groups. He  represents clients on real estate transaction matters, land use and zoning issues, and industrial development agency (IDA) benefits.

His roster of clients runs the gamut from “mom and pop” operations and local developers to national and international shopping center owners and retailers. He also advises clients on local laws and customs, which help facilitate the navigation through the real estate and municipal processes.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baker was a Partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC, where he practiced in the areas of real estate, land use and zoning, environmental, tax certiorari and condemnation, corporate law, civil litigation and criminal defense.

He began his career at a Mineola law firm, and practiced in the areas of real estate tax certiorari and condemnation, real property law and general real estate law. From 1997 until 2001, Mr. Baker was an associate at Certilman Balin where he concentrated on real estate transactions, public and private sector labor law, employment and discrimination law, municipal law, civil litigation and criminal defense.

Active with his alma mater and in his community, Mr. Baker is a member of the Touro Law Center Alumni Association, a member of the Touro Law Center Dean’s Advisory Council, and Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Touro Law Center’s Institute of Land Use and Sustainable Development Law. In 2017 Mr. Baker was honored with the Law School Service Award and in 2019 with the Paul S. Miller Award. Long Island Business News recognized him in 2017 with a Leadership in Law Award and, again in 2020, with a “Who’s Who” in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law.

He serves as the Tenth Judicial District Representative to, and a member of the Executive Committee of, the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Chicago Title Insurance Company, and as an appointed member of the State of New York Commission on Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC) Program.  He was Chairman of the Real Property Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association from 2010-2012.

Mr. Baker served, for 15 years, as a Trustee of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Long Island Chapter. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the Nassau County Bar Association Real Property Law Committee.

Mr. Baker graduated from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College, after earning his  Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.   As a member of The Engergeia Partnership at Molloy College of the Class of 2019, Mr. Baker is one of Long Island’s leaders committed to improving the region’s most complex issues.

Admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, he has achieved the highest professional rating by Martindale Hubbell.  He is a member of the American, New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations.

Education
The Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center of Touro College, 1992
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1989 

Bar Admission
New York 

Court Admission
U.S District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York 

Bar Associations
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Association 

Recognitions
Paul S. Miller Award, Touro Law Center, 2019
Law School Service Award, Touro Law Center, 2017
Leadership in Law Award, Long Island Business News, 2017
Public Interest Attorney of the Year, Touro Law Center, 2011
Highest Professional Rating by Martindale Hubbell 

Appointments
Tenth Judicial District Representative to the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
Chicago Title Insurance Company, Advisory Board Member
State of New York Commission on Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled’s Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC)         Program, Appointed member
Nassau County Bar Association Real Property Law Committee, Co-Chair 

Speaking Engagements
Redevelopment Through Tax Incentives, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, 2015 Tax Symposium in Austin, Texas 

Community Involvement
Touro Law Center Alumni Association, Member
Touro Law Center Dean’s Advisory Council, Member
Touro Law Center Institute of Land Use and Sustainable Development Law, Co-Vice Chair of the Board  
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Long Island Chapter, Trustee 

 

 

 

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