Kenneth K. Fisher

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New York

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Recent Publication:

New Legal Requirements for NY Real Estate Company Data Security and Privacy [Brooklyn Barrister]

Ken Fisher discusses the need for New York real estate companies to update their data security and privacy practices and procedures in the Brooklyn Barrister.

Ken’s practice concentrates on the public realm of the metropolitan area. His experience includes real estate development, zoning and land use, administrative and regulatory law, government contracting, litigation, and investigations.

Ken advocates for clients with government decision makers at the local, state, and federal levels. The Observer named him one of "The Lawyers You Call" and City Hall News as one of "10 People Who Can Help Get a Project Built-Or Help Stop One." The Real Deal notes that Ken "has emerged as a go-to guy for real estate clients embroiled in contentious projects..." He has been named a "New York Super Lawyer," "Legal Elite" by Avenue magazine, and the Legal Power 100, Real Estate Power 100, and Brooklyn Power 50  by City & State. He was a recipient of the 2020 New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ken served as a Member of the New York City Council from 1991-2001 (D-Brooklyn). He was founding chair of the New York City Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters and founding chair of the board of directors of the Governors Island Alliance. Ken is a fellow of the Urban Design Forum and is a member of the board of directors of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Ken is chair of the Brooklyn Bar Association Committee on Government and Public Sector. He previously served as a member and chair of the New York City Bar Association Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee and Insurance Law Committee and was a member of the Judiciary Committee. He served two terms in the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates and co-chaired its Special Committee on Medical Information. He was previously secretary and law committee chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and served as a delegate to the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

Ken earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific and his law degree from Syracuse University.

Experience

News

Eric Adams’ Top Challenges as New York Mayor Include Real Estate

November 04, 2021

Ken Fisher discusses plans that Eric Adams, the new mayor of New York City has to increase the housing, zoning, and quality of life issues confronting the city in Commercial Observer.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

October 04, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Eric Adams Raises $2 Million for Law-and-Order Mandate During Mayoral Race

August 29, 2021

Ken Fisher discusses in the New York Post recent funds raised by Democratic Party nominee Eric Adams, who raised over $2 million in 43 days.

Cuomo’s Empire State Complex, LaGuardia AirTrain Plans Aren’t Quite Dead

August 18, 2021

Ken Fisher was quoted in an article in the Commercial Observer discussing the fate of New York's unfinished transit projects following Governor Andrew Cuomo's resignation.

The 2021 Brooklyn Power 100

August 08, 2021

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, was named to City & State New York’s 2021 Brooklyn Power 100.

This Major Pandemic Protection for Commercial Tenants is Coming to an End

June 29, 2021

Ken Fisher discusses what the end of the pandemic-related tenant protection means for landlords of commercial properties in Crain’s New York Business.

The NYC Mayoral Race - A Deep Bench of Candidates Vie for the City's Top Job

June 16, 2021

Ken Fisher discusses the race to elect a new mayor who will lead the city forward in Cooperator News New York.

How will New York Convert Unused Buildings Into Housing?

April 20, 2021

Ken Fisher discusses a plan lawmakers are considering to convert distressed office buildings and hotels into housing in City & State New York.

Judge Lifts Restraining Order on Gowanus Rezoning

April 19, 2021

Ken Fisher discusses the likelihood of the Gowanus rezoning project proceeding in Crain’s New York Business.

Ken Fisher and Stuart Shorenstein Recognized Among City & State New York’s Law Power 100

March 22, 2021

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, and Stuart A. Shorenstein, a member of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies and chair of the New York City and state practice, were named to City & State New York’s Law Power 100.

Ken Fisher Recognized Among City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 100

March 22, 2021

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, was named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 100.

Kiss the Ring: City Pols Weigh Heavy on Development in These Major Markets

November 09, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses the influence local officials have in changing the skylines of major real estate cities, such as New York, in The Real Deal.

Andy King’s Expulsion a Sign of Stricter Enforcement

October 05, 2020

Kenneth Fisher was quoted in an article in City & State New York addressing New York City Council’s unprecedented expulsion of Council Member Andy King following accusations that he harassed staff, took a $2,000 kickback from an aide, and ignored punishments doled out by the council after previous ethics violations.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 29, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Ken Fisher Named to Brooklyn Power 50

September 21, 2020

New York – September 21, 2020 – Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, was named to City & State New York’s 2020 Brooklyn Power 50.

Underutilized sports venues like Citi Field and Yankee Stadium should be used for school classrooms

August 31, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses alternative classroom solutions for New York City public schools as the system continues to struggle with how to safely bring students back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Industry City Rezoning is Failing

August 05, 2020

Kenneth Fisher was quoted in an article in City & State New York about the Industry City rezoning application in Brooklyn.

Ken Fisher Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by New York Law Journal

July 01, 2020

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, has been selected by the New York Law Journal to receive its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

What a toothless de Blasio means for real estate

June 10, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses the impact New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's loss of influence has on the real estate industry in The Real Deal.

Councilman: Resume land-use reviews – but just for Rikers

May 15, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides’ request for the city to restart its land use review process for the Rikers Island Public Place Mapping amid the COVID-19 pandemic in The Real Deal.

Kenneth Fisher Named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 100

March 30, 2020

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, was named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 100.

Kenneth Fisher and Stuart Shorenstein Named to City & State New York’s Law Power 100

March 11, 2020

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, and Stuart A. Shorenstein, a member of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies and chair of the New York City and state practice, were named to City & State New York’s 2020 Law Power 100.

De Blasio Unlikely to Hit Rezoning Goals

January 15, 2020

Ken Fisher discusses the likelihood of the de Blasio administration reaching its rezoning goals before the term ends in a Crain’s New York Business article.

Developer Paid de Blasio-linked Lobbyist, Lawyers for East Village Petition

January 14, 2020

Ken Fisher was quoted in an article the New York Post discussing claims that a developer paid a New York City Hall lobbyist and a law firm with ties to Mayor DeBlasio to win approval of the expansion of a 10-story office tower in the East Village.

Developers Call Inwood Ruling Another Blow in War Against Them

December 23, 2019

Ken Fisher is quoted in The Real Deal on developers’ reactions to the New York Supreme Court’s decision to nullify the Inwood neighborhood rezoning regulations.

Big Real Estate Facing New Limits on NY State Campaign Contributions

December 05, 2019

Ken Fisher quoted in The Real Deal on New York’s decision to reduce the amounts that real estate donors and other large contributors can give to candidates for governor and other statewide offices.

Real Estate Thought It Was Invincible in New York. It Wasn’t.

November 29, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on significate changes to New York’s political climate for the real estate industry in a New York Times article.

Housing Court Could Get a lot More Political Under Reform Plan

November 19, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on proposed changes to the structure of the New York City Housing Court in an article in The Real Deal.

Unprecedented suspension from New York City Council likely for Andy King

October 22, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on New York City Council’s decision to suspend Councilman Andy King in City & State New York.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Why The Four Jails to Replace Rikers Island are Likely to Get Done

September 06, 2019

Ken Fisher provides his perspective on whether a plan to close Rikers Island, one of the largest jails in the country, and build four new borough-based jails in New York City will succeed in City & State New York.

Suite and Sour on DeB Order

August 27, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order to the Department of City Planning to study implementing a special permit for developing hotels in New York City in the New York Post.

De Blasio Pushes Plan to Restrict Hotel Development

August 26, 2019

Ken Fisher is quoted in Crain’s New York Business on Mayor de Blasio’s plans to implement a special permit for hotel development, following a hotel union’s (Hotel Trades Council) support of de Blasio’s presidential campaign.

Kenneth K. Fisher Named to City & State New York’s Brooklyn Power 100

August 19, 2019

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, was named to City & State New York’s 2019 Brooklyn Power 100.

"It gives me comfort": Real estate reacts to Katz's "miraculous" Queens DA Victory [The Real Deal]

August 07, 2019

Ken Fisher discusses Queens District Attorney Democratic candidate Melinda Katz's narrow victory over Tiffany Cabán in the primary that was announced only after a lengthy manual recount and threats of affidavit ballot challenges.

Courtyard Battle Heats Up at Apartment Complex in Brooklyn

July 27, 2019

Ken Fisher was featured on a WPIX 11 New York news segment discussing the plan to build a parking garage below the Riverside Apartment complex courtyard in Brooklyn.

What the Industry is Saying About the Federal Rent Law Challenge

July 17, 2019

Ken Fisher notes the makeup of the Supreme Court could impact New York's Rent Stabilization Association's and Community Housing Improvement Program's lawsuit, challenging the New York State rent stabilization law, in an article in The Real Deal.

What the Death of the Vacancy Bonus means for Landlords

June 17, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on the impact just-enacted changes to New York’s rent laws will have on New York City landlords, including a provision eliminating the ability to raise rents by 20% when a rent-regulated tenant moved out.

REBNY is donating more than ever. But so are its independent-minded constituents

June 05, 2019

Ken Fisher shares his thoughts on the increase in political contributions from landlords above what their trade association, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), as the State Legislature prepares for its most significant overhaul in decades.

Affordable Housing Landlords Among City’s Most Active Evictors

May 22, 2019

Ken Fisher explains why the narrative of aggressive evictions in New York is unfair to landlords in a PincusCo article.

Inside the fight to revamp Right to Counsel

May 13, 2019

Ken Fisher discusses New York City's Right to Counsel law in The Real Deal. The article explains that New York passed the law in 2017, guaranteeing a lawyer to all low-income tenants facing eviction, and while it has received support from both tenants and landlords some issues still remain.

Kenneth K. Fisher Named to City & State New York’s Real Estate Power 50

March 31, 2019

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of the law firm of Cozen O'Connor was named to City & State New York’s inaugural Real Estate Power 50.

New York is Closer to “Universal Rent Control” Than You Think

March 05, 2019

Ken Fisher is quoted in City & State New York on efforts to reform existing rent stabilization laws. According to the article, Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, a coalition of activist groups, is advocating for tenant protections and has laid out a universal rent platform consisting of several pieces of legislation.

Fact Checking the NYC Public Advocate Debate

February 07, 2019

Ken Fisher discusses the accuracy of statements made by candidates during the first debate for New York City Public Advocate special election in City & State New York.

Charles J. Hynes, Brooklyn D.A. in a Tumultuous Era, Dies at 83

January 30, 2019

Ken Fisher comments on former Brooklyn district attorney Charles J. Hynes’ career milestones.

What is Kirsten Gillibrand’s path to victory?

January 22, 2019

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies, discussed with City & State New York about the New York senator’s chances in the 2020 presidential race.

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies New York Post 2018 Midterm Election Debrief

November 07, 2018

Stuart Shorenstein, Katie Schwab, Ken Fisher, and Rose Christ from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies New York host a special conference call to debrief on the New York general election results and the implications of the results in terms of policy for the next term.

Ken Fisher Elected to Board of Directors of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

November 05, 2018

Kenneth Fisher, a member of the Business Law Department at Cozen O’Connor, has been elected to the board of directors of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Fisher will serve a two-year term on the board, effective October 25, 2018.

Did the Trump Family Cut Corners?

October 03, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, discussed allegations by the New York Times that the Trump family may have illegally moved money between generations and under paid taxes without being caught by the government, in City & State New York.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

Evicted Tenants of 85 Bowery in New York Are Going Home

August 31, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the return of displaced tenants to a renovated New York apartment building in the Daily News, CBS New York, and AsAmNews.com.

Can NYC increase local input without endangering real estate projects?

July 23, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the review of the New York City charter by two commissions and the potential impact to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.

Rent Guidelines Board leaves affordable-housing developers in a pinch

June 27, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the NYC Rent Guidelines Board’s vote to allow a 1.5 percent increase on one-year leases and a 2.5 percent increase on two-year leases to rent-regulated apartments in New York City.

The Race Begins for a Still-Occupied Public Advocate's Seat

May 30, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, is quoted in Politico on New York politicians’ eagerness to run for Public Advocate should current Public Advocate Tish James be elected New York State Attorney General.

Can Brooklyn MLS Keep it Going Alone?

February 01, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses Brooklyn Multiple Listing Service’s (MLS) increase in memberships in the recent years despite losing the benefits from the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) membership in The Real Deal.

Kenneth Fisher Recognized by City & State New York’s Annual 50 Over Fifty Awards: The Age Disruptors

January 16, 2018

Cozen O’Connor member Kenneth Fisher has been selected by City & State New York as a 2018 recipient of the publication’s annual 50 Over Fifty Awards: The Age Disruptors.

Why the Bronx and Queens Once Again Are Selecting NYC's Next Council Speaker

January 02, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the anticipated election of Corey Johnson as New York City Council Speaker in City&State New York.

Why The Bronx and Queens Once Again are Selecting NYC’s Next Council Speaker

January 02, 2018

Ken Fisher, a member of the firm's Public Strategies Group, was quoted in City and State New York's article, "Why The Bronx and Queens Once are Once Again Selecting NYC’s Next Council Speaker."

Infrastructure Priorities in the Eye of the Beholder [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 05, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies group, discussed the varying infrastructure priorities of New Yorkers Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio in New York Real Estate Journal.

Mr. Right Now: Mayor de Blasio Continues Wooing Real Estate Developers

November 07, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Practice Group, discusses Bill de Blasio’s predicted second-term win as New York City’s Mayor, in the Commercial Observer.

Speaker Candidates Unleashed

November 01, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discussed the importance of choosing a strong Speaker of New York City Council, after the contenders made their cases at a Crain’s forum.

Midtown East Rezoning: Not for the Faint-Hearted

August 17, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the new zoning plan in Manhattan’s Great East Midtown district in a Q&A in the Commercial Property Executive.

Why a law degree could make you a better policymaker

July 31, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the advantages of obtaining a law degree for policymakers and others in public service in City & State New York.

New York Eyes Outsized Share of $1 Trillion Prize

March 01, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses the estimated $1 trillion worth of infrastructure that is a Trump administration priority in The Real Deal.

East Village Community Battles Over Fate of Old School

January 16, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses his client’s efforts to develop a former elementary school in New York City’s East Village into private dorms in a WCBS TV interview.

Amid Tense Politics, Developer Pushes De Blasio for Village Dorms

January 11, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses his client’s plan to develop a former New York City elementary school into private Adelphi University dorms in Crain’s New York Business.

Even in Tony Brownstone Brooklyn Infrastructure Lags Behind

January 01, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses the slow growth of infrastructure in emerging New York City neighborhoods in The Real Deal.

Mayor de Blasio Says Criticism of the Video His Taxpayer-Funded Team Created is ‘Ludicrous’

December 30, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses a taxpayer-funded video released by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office in New York Daily News.

19 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 05, 2016

The 2016 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

21 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 05, 2015

The 2015 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Publications

New Legal Requirements for NY Real Estate Company Data Security and Privacy [Brooklyn Barrister]

November 29, 2021

Ken Fisher discusses the need for New York real estate companies to update their data security and privacy practices and procedures in the Brooklyn Barrister.

Cozen O’Connor’s Ken Fisher Recaps His Week

May 20, 2021

Ken Fisher (New York), shares a brief recap of his involvement with the Gowanus rezoning project where Mayor de Blasio proposes to upzone approximately 80 acres along the canal to make it available for residential buildings for the Commercial Observer.

Mayor de Blasio Presses Forward with Citywide Zoning Agenda [Alert]

March 18, 2021

Alyssa Baldassini, Vivien Krieger, and Ken Fisher discuss a series of new proposed citywide zoning text amendments that are intended to improve transit station accessibility, incentivize the creation of local grocery stores, and alleviate regulatory burdens for gyms and restaurants.

ACEC New York: The need to build a new consensus to build [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 03, 2019

Ken Fisher authored this article on the political changes and challenges facing New York City’s real estate industry and the importance of industry activism in support of new construction and growth in the city.

Maintaining: Public Works in the Next New York

July 09, 2019

Ken Fisher co-authored a chapter titled, “Turn Development Rights into Landmarks Revenue” in Maintaining: Public Works in the Next New York, published by the Urban Design Forum.

Momentum Builds for Infrastructure Improvements

December 05, 2018

Ken Fisher authored an article in the New York Real Estate Journal the impact the 2018 midterm election results could have on shaping infrastructure funding decisions.

Public Strategies New York Post-Primary Client Call

September 14, 2018

On today’s New York Client Call, Stuart Shorenstein, Katie Schwab, Rose Christ and Ken Fisher of our New York City team debrief on last night’s New York primary election results and analyze the results of several heavily contested New York State Senate races that could potentially impact control of the chamber.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Special New York Politics Edition

August 15, 2018

On this special edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections call, Howard Schweitzer, CPS’s Managing Partner, interviews Katie Schwab, Rose Christ and Ken Fisher of our New York City office about the current political climate in New York, the recent activism we’ve been seeing by the City Council and Mayor’s Office – particularly as it relates to the “disruptors” like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb – and the team’s thoughts on the closely-watched Governor and State Attorneys General races in New York.

Infrastructure Priorities in the Eye of the Beholder [New York Real Estate Journal]

December 05, 2017

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Law Department, discusses the varying infrastructure priorities of New Yorkers Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio, in New York Real Estate Journal.

What De Blasio’s Land Use Agenda Means for Brooklyn Real Estate Development [Real Estate Alert]

June 01, 2017

Ken Fisher discusses key current proposals that could set the stage for the next wave of growth in Brooklyn.

Take The Trump Organization Public

December 14, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses methods for Donald Trump’s business organization to avoid conflicts of interest in Crain’s New York Business.

Builder In The White House: What’s Ahead for Built Environment?

December 06, 2016

Ken Fisher discusses the potential impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on New York’s design professionals in the New York Real Estate Journal.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Brooklyn New

November 14, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY

Public Strategies New York Post-Election Client Call

November 07, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Public Strategies New York Post-Primary Client Call

September 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

NPC18 Program 2018 National Planning Conference

April 23, 2018 - New Orleans, LA

Hot Air

December 13, 2017 - New York, NY

Education

  • Syracuse University, J.D.
  • University of the Pacific, B.A.

Awards & Honors

City & State New York’s 2021 Law Power 100

City & State New York's Real Estate Power 100

City & State Brooklyn Power 50  

New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020

"A Preeminent Lawyer in New York," American Lawyer Media

New York Metro Super Lawyer 2007-2008, 2010-2012, 2014-2020

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Board of the New York League of Conservation Voters
  • Member, Advisory Committee ULI New York