Karl S. Essler - Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

Karl S. Essler

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015
Phone: 585-362-4711

Karl is a real property attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of land use and zoning, real property litigation and real property transactions. He has appeared before municipal boards for all aspects of zoning and land use and zoning approvals, and handles legal challenges to these approvals. Karl also handles real property litigation such as title, boundary and easement disputes, lease litigation, condemnation, tax certiorari and environmental matters, and has completed extensive training sponsored by the New York State Bar Association to serve as a mediator in a variety of civil matters.

Land Use & Zoning: In the area of land use and zoning, Karl has represented some of the most significant real estate developers in Upstate New York and has obtained approvals for major residential development projects, significant commercial real estate developments, hotels, supermarkets, educational institutions and major telecommunications facilities. This includes numerous Article 78 challenges to such determinations.

Karl is a past Co-Chair of the Land Use and Development Subcommittee of the New York State Bar Association Real Property Section. He has spoken at numerous seminars on land use and zoning. Karl has also participated as an assistant faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology Civil Engineering Program on land use and development procedures and professional ethics.

Real Property Litigation: Karl also has significant experience in real property litigation. He is the primary litigator in Upstate New York for one of the largest real estate development/property management firms in Rochester. Karl's experience includes successful litigation in, as examples, leasing and property contracts, options to purchase and rights of first refusal and adverse possession and boundary line claims.

Real Property Transactions: In addition to the foregoing, Karl has negotiated numerous leases and real estate purchase contracts, and has closed on real estate purchases and financings in excess of $30 million for a single transaction.

Tax Certiorari and Condemnation: Karl has also, primarily on behalf of property owners, achieved significant tax assessment reductions on commercial and industrial properties through assessor negotiations, the grievance process and litigation.

Environmental: In the area of environmental practice, Karl has negotiated and litigated numerous reductions to environmental liability on behalf of property owners, and has assisted municipalities in enforcing environmental regulations against property owners.

Mediation: Karl has participated in numerous mediation proceedings and has recently concluded extensive training sponsored by the New York State Bar Association to serve as a mediator in a wide variety of mediation disputes.

Allegheny College BS 1976Cornell Law SchoolJ.D. 1979
Appellate Division, 4th Department, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the 7th Judicial DistrictNew York State Bar Association

Office Location

350 Linden Oaks, Third Floor
Rochester, NY 14625-2825
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Rochester-NY Metro Area
Karl S. Essler has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Litigation - Real Estate