John M. Spellman


Partner John M. Spellman has over thirty-five years experience in municipal law, zoning and land use, SEQRA, real estate law and inter-governmental law.

Mr. Spellman began the practice of law as an assistant to Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Bernard F. McCaffrey, and in 1978, Mr. Spellman began a private practice which has since evolved into the current partnership.


Over the course of his career, Mr. Spellman has served as point person for a number of high profile projects, including the $180 million Mineola LIRR Grade Crossing Elimination Project and the $40 million Mineola Intermodal Center. Although his principal practice area involves municipal work, Mr. Spellman also has significant experience in adoption law, and has also been sent on special assignment to Scotland and England by the Surrogate’s Court to participate in estate proceedings overseas.

Court Admissions:

  • All Courts in New York State
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Appointments to Public Office:

  • Village Attorney, Incorporated Village of Mineola (1985 – 2015)
  • Village Attorney, Incorporated Village of Roslyn (1995 – 2009)
  • Village Attorney, Incorporated Village of New Hyde Park (2001 – 2013)
  • Deputy Village Attorney, Incorporated Village of Mineola (2015 – Present)
  • Deputy Village Attorney, Incorporated Village of Roslyn (2009 – Present)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild (Past-President)
  • Garden City Chamber of Commerce
  • Mineola Chamber of Commerce
  • Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Corpus Christi Council, Knights of Columbus
  • Catholic Education Foundation (Director)
  • Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (Director)
  • Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Long Island
  • Alumni Association, University of Dayton
  • Alumni Association, St. John’s University Law School
  • New York State Restaurant Association
  • New York Conference of Mayors
  • Nassau County Village Officials Association


  • University of Dayton, B.A.
  • University of Dayton, B.S., Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M

Additional Studies:

  • University of Notre Dame
  • St. Louis University

Community Involvement:

  • Garden City Community Fund: Former Director, Former President
  • St. Joseph’s Parish, Garden City: Former Member of School Board
  • Birthright of Brooklyn & Queens: Former Director
  • Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America; Former Member, Executive Board
  • Dominican Village, Amityville, New York: Former Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Harvest House, Syosset, New York: Former Director
  • Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: Member, National Board of Directors

Awards and Honors:

  • Sisters of St. Dominic John XXIII Humanitarian Award,
  • Birthright of Brooklyn and Queens Marjorie Donoghue Humanitarian Award
  • Boy Scouts of America Community Service Award
  • United New Yorkers for Choice in Education Service Recognition Award
  • Mineola Volunteer Fire Department Community Service Award
  • University of Dayton Christian Service Award
  • New York State Senate Liberty Award
  • Village of Garden City 2004 Citizen of the Year
  • Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Long Island 2004 Irishman of the Year and 2013 Favorite Son
  • Garden City Community Fund Bellinger Award
  • 2005 Mineola Community-Business Person of the Year
  • National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education on Long Island Humanitarian Award