Irving Like, founding partner of Reilly, Like & Tenety (RLT), has been recognized in Newsday as one of the “100 Most Influential Long Islanders of the 20th Century”. RLT specializes in advising Long Island citizens on how to protect their health, property and natural resources from injury and waste caused by hazardous wastes generated by toxic sites.
Like served as Special Counsel to the County of Suffolk on environmental, nuclear power, (preventing the operation of the Shoreham and Jamesport Nuclear Plants,) off shore oil, utility rate and energy matters, and was a member of Suffolk County Charter Review Commission. Like was Chairman of the Law Committee of Agent Orange Law Firms representing Vietnam War Veterans, resulting in a $180 million settlement. He served as Co-Counsel challenging Nassau County tax assessment structure resulting in a settlement providing for countywide reassessment, and as Counsel to the Fire Island Association.
As Partner of Reilly & Like, he acted as General Counsel to the Suffolk County Federal Savings and Loan Association and the Bank of Long Island. He is a past member of the Long Island Power Authority and a variety of professional, non-profit and charitable organizations. Like served as Counsel to the Citizens Committee for a Fire Island National Seashore, Citizens Committee to Replace LILCO and Lloyd Harbor Study Group. He has written various articles on environmental and Tax Certiorari issues. He engages primarily in complex litigation specifically in the environmental, land use, zoning, commercial, condemnation, tax certiorari and real estate areas.
Like was admitted to the NYS Bar in 1950. He graduated from City College of New York, University of Wisconsin, and Columbia Law School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.