Focusing on land use, municipal, and regulatory legal matters, founding member Christian DiPalermo brings solutions-driven strategy and sharp business acumen to each case. His clients frequently turn to him for guidance on economic development and infrastructure projects, including the construction of natural gas pipelines, affordable housing developments, and mixed-use commercial and residential real estate projects.
At the root of Christian’s legal knowledge is a keen understanding of the intersection of politics, policy, and law. He has successfully utilized this 3-pronged approach to provide a “One-Stop-Shop” to handle all aspects of his clients’ needs. As Principal and Founder of CDD Strategies, LLC, a government affairs and strategic planning firm specializing in energy, transportation, and recreational land use, Christian has advised Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit clients alike on government and community affairs. When government entities or developers require assistance with pre-development activities like zoning analysis, feasibility studies, market analysis, architecture, land use, and policy experience to get the most out one’s property assets, they can turn to Siwanoy Group, LLC, a real-estate advisory firm that Christian co-founded. And when the legal arm is needed to represent developers, homeowners, landlords, and tenants or to advise on real estate developments, policy and legislation, they have the expertise of Marks DiPalermo Wilson.
Prior to the launch of Marks DiPalermo Wilson in 2017, Christian served as a vice president at TLM Associates, LLC., a government affairs and strategic planning firm in Manhattan; executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, a non-profit organization that advocates for public open spaces in New York City; and regional vice president for external affairs at SBC Telecom. Christian’s passion for government affairs was sparked more than 25 years ago when he served as a legislative aide in the New York State Legislature and as district representative for Congresswoman Nita Lowey in Westchester County.
Today, Christian’s legal experience, paired with his acute understanding of the political landscape throughout the New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley areas, informs the guidance and advocacy he provides to clients.
- New York (1996)
- New England School of Law, J.D., 1995
- New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, M.P.A, 1992
- SUNY Binghamton, B.A., Political Science, 1989
Awards & Community Engagement
- Board Member, Long Island Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters
- Business Council of Westchester
- Long Island Association
- City & State’s Westchester Power 100 “Movers and Shakers” (2019 & 2020)