After graduating summa cum laude from Albany Law School and spending a year as a confidential law clerk to the NYS Appellate Division, Third Department, Rosemary returned to her home town of Syracuse, NY to begin a 30-year practice in land use, zoning and environmental law. In 1986, she joined the Environmental Department of a well-known law firm in Syracuse as an associate and her work was rewarded when she became the first woman partner of the firm and was given a managing role in the Firm’s Environmental Department. In 1993, Ms. Stack became convinced that larger law firms were too costly to be affordable to smaller companies and individuals. So, in February 1993, Ms. Stack left the security of an established law firm to start her own practice to service these types of clients. Her goal was and still is to provide experienced, personalized legal services at a rate that was commiserate with her client’s income levels.
The Stack Law Office has thrived over the past two decades and Ms. Stack has remained committed to her original mission—to provide quality legal services based on her 30 years of experience in land use, zoning, and environmental law. Ms. Stack has successfully obtained zoning approvals spanning a multitude of land uses—from individual homeowner variances and special use permits for small business to all zoning permits and approvals needed for a multi-use industrial facility.
Ms. Stack is also experienced in permitting with the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers, having consistently been successful in obtaining mining permits for both sand and gravel pits and hard rock quarries, operating permits for hot-mix asphalt plants and wetlands and stream disturbance permits. A key component of Ms. Stack’s permitting philosophy is negotiating permit conditions that work for her client’s business.
Ms. Stack’s experience does not end with the permitting process. She successfully defends those permits in state court litigation. She has obtained decisions granting numerous clients grandfathering rights under both local zoning laws and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), covering thousands of acres allowing her clients to continue their business operations in the community.
Since joining Stack Law Office as of counsel, Josh Stack has provided in depth research on a variety of issues affecting our clients, prepared written opposition to local zoning measures, persuasive appellate briefs and memoranda of law. He has extensive experience in zoning and land use matters and brings his construction background and up-to-date knowledge of environmental issues to the firm. He works tirelessly to achieve the best results of our clients.