City of Long Beach
One West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561 Office:email@example.com
Simone Freeman is an experienced land use and zoning attorney, with an extensive background in public sector/municipal law. Ms. Freeman’s expertise lies in executing public and private development, risk/site analysis, and litigation for public and private corporations. Through her practice in both the public and private sectors, she has become adept in overseeing a wide variety of legal, operational, and fiscal responsibilities relating to various types of public and private projects.
Ms. Freeman is Corporation Counsel for the City of Long Beach. As Corporation Counsel, Ms. Freeman serves as the chief legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager, and all City boards, commissions, and officers. She prosecutes and defends all actions and proceedings by and against the City and every department thereof; prepares all ordinances, resolutions, legal papers, contracts, and other instruments for the City; and performs such other legal services as the City Manager or the City Council may direct.
Prior to joining the City of Long Beach Corporation Counsel’s office, Ms. Freeman was a senior attorney for seven years at Garden City-based Amato Law Group, PLLC, a private law firm ranked by Long Island Business News’ Law Firms of Long Island as one of the top law firms for real estate. While there, she represented clients in all aspects of the zoning process, including site analysis, applications, public hearings, permit procurement, project development and governmental and municipal compliance. During this time Ms. Freeman successfully handled and argued, Matter of Colin Realty Co., LLC v. Town of North Hempstead, 966 N.Y.S.2d 501(2d Dept. 2013), aff’d 24 N.Y.3d 96 (2014) before the New York State Court of Appeals.
Ms. Freeman was previously a Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of North Hempstead where she served as co-counsel to the Town’s Board of Zoning and Appeals; counsel to the Department of Public Works; and Record’s Access Officer (2007 to 2013). Prior to that, Ms. Freeman held a position with the Department of Planning and Environmental Protection at the Town of North Hempstead.
Ms. Freeman is Treasurer of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, and Past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Freeman had been selected as Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars (2015-2019), and is the recipient of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Families and the Law Long Island Outstanding Woman in Law award (2016); and Nassau County Women’s Bar Association Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award for Outstanding Newly Admitted Attorney (2011).
Ms. Freeman received her J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she was a member of the Family Court Review and Moot Court Association, and received Hofstra Law School’s Pro Bono Certificate, Bronze Level Award for her work in the public sector during law school.