Laurence K. Rubin


Mr. Rubin is a Partner with the Firm. He concentrates in Public and Private Development, Real Property Law and Municipal Law, drawing upon a thirty year career in a wide range of public offices, including the unique experience of having been both the chief legal officer and the chief development and planning official for both the City of Buffalo and the County of Erie. Mr. Rubin has also served as special counsel to a variety of public entities in their development projects, including the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, the City of Tonawanda, and the City of Elmira.

Mr. Rubin was General Counsel to the City of Buffalo’s local development companies, the City’s Commissioner of Community Development, and Corporation Counsel. He has also served as the Commissioner of Environment and Planning for the County of Erie and as the Erie County Attorney. Between holding his City and his County offices, Mr. Rubin joined Kavinoky Cook LLP and rejoined the firm in November, 2007.

Many of the major projects in Buffalo or Erie County have included Mr. Rubin as either a key project manager or as counsel. AD Price Public Housing Redevelopment, Key Towers, Fountain Plaza, HSBC Arena, Ellicott Mall Housing Redevelopment, Frederick Douglas Housing Redevelopment, Dunn Tire Baseball Stadium, Lakeview Housing Redevelopment, the Root Building, New Buffalo Industrial Park, the Market Arcade Cinema and Complex, City Centre, GM Powertrain expansion, the Geico Office Development, and the Steuben Foods Plant development are some of the more well known of the projects he has helped bring to fruition.

Mr. Rubin frequently assists clients and projects in the use of, and in many instances the invention of, new and creative public tools to assist private development. He has authored more than a dozen State laws to promote economic development with unique tax and real property tools. Mr. Rubin is a 1977 graduate of the State University at Buffalo Law School and is active in a wide range of community activities

Academic Background

  • J.D. State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Contact Information

Phone: 716-845-6000 ext. 222
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