J. Michael Naughton


phone (518) 438-9907 (Ext. 244)
fax (518) 438-9914


Representative Matters

J. Michael Naughton

J. Michael Naughton is a partner in the firm, and has practiced as a litigator for over 25 years. He began his career in New York City and moved to Albany in 1987. Mr. Naughton was a partner at the law firm of Shanley, Sweeney Reilly & Allen, P.C. before joining Young/Sommer LLC in 2005. Mr. Naughton’s practice includes commercial litigation, real estate development, and land use and permitting for a variety of projects. His landlord-tenant practice focuses on representing shopping center owners across the State in litigated disputes, lease negotiations and work outs. Mr. Naughton’s recent accomplishments include obtaining approvals for the largest real estate development project (the Whiteface Lodge) to be constructed in the Lake Placid area in decades. Mr. Naughton also represents developers of residential projects, including planned development districts. He has successfully defended Article 78 proceedings challenging approvals for regional shopping centers, telecommunication (cell towers) facilities and other projects in state and federal courts.

Mr. Naughton is a cum laude graduate of Pace University School of Law. He holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont.

Bar Admissions

New York, 1985
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1985
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1985
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990

Prior to joining Young/Sommer Mr. Naughton was involved in cases of note:

Masterpage Communications, Inc. v. Town of Olive, 418 F.Supp.2d 66 (N.D.N.Y. 2005)

This case involved a town’s refusal to permit a telecommunications and cell tower facility. J. Michael Naughton represented the landowner and succeeded in persuading a federal court to issue a permanent injunction directing the Town to issue building permits for the tower facility. The case is widely cited in the area of cell tower litigation.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Planning Bd. of Town of North Elba, 238 A.D.2d 93 (3d Dept. 1998)

This is a landmark case in which a municipality’s right to control large scale development was recognized. J. Michael Naughton represented the Town of North Elba (Lake Placid). Mr. Naughton, in this case and related cases commenced by Wal-Mart, defended the Town’s decision to deny Wal-Mart’s application to build a store at the entrance of Lake Placid. The case is recognized as an important development in the area of aesthetic impacts, and provides a legal basis for the protection of “main street” America. The case was the subject of law review articles and SEQRA seminars.


Legal Assistant Information

Lori A. Schrom, 518-438-9907 x. 254

Crystal Run Newco, LLC v. United Pet Supply, Inc., 70 AD3d 1418 (4th Dept 2010)

This a commercial landlord-tenant case in which the appellate court reversed the trial court, and granted the landlord summary judgment with respect to its claim… Read More

Dever v. DeVito, 84 AD3d 1539 (3d Dept 2011)

The firm represented the defendants in this residential property dispute involving private covenants and restrictions in a homeowner’s association. In this case, a neighbor attempted… Read More

Eklecco Newco, LLC v. Café Tu Tu Tango of Palisades, LLC, 18 Misc 3d 1126(A) (NY Sup Ct, 2008)

In this landlord-tenant case arising out of a shopping center lease, the Court awarded the landlord judgment on all claims, dismissed the tenant’s counterclaim and… Read More

G&K Iron Works, LLC v. Pyramid Management Group, Inc., et al., Sup Ct, Rockland County, 2013, Index No. 036415/2013

The firm successfully obtained an order dismissing a Lien Law foreclosure action instituted against a corporate client and obtained clarification of an often puzzling provision… Read More

Island Park, LLC v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 2007 WL 1851784 (ND NY 2007), reversed, 559 F3d 96 (2d Cir 2009)

As the State moves to set the stage for high speed rail service, the rights of property owners whose access rights are affected by the… Read More

Pyramid Walden Co. v. The Buffalo Unit, LLC, 48 AD3d 1089 (4th Dept 2008), affirming 2007 WL 7034890 (NY Sup 2007)

In this landlord-tenant case involving a shopping center lease, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s award of summary judgment in the landlord’s favor. The… Read More

The Fort Ticonderoga Association v. The Assessor of the Town of Ticonderoga, et al., Sup Ct, Essex County, 2013, Index No. 410-2013

The firm successfully restored tax exemptions and obtained tax refunds for The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a not-for-profit corporation. This groundbreaking decision has important implications for… Read More