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GoldmanHarris LLC is a boutique law firm with practice limited to zoning, land use and landmark preservation law in New York City. The firm’s interdisciplinary approach utilizes attorneys and professionals with backgrounds in zoning, architecture and code consulting, and allows the firm to address many of the issues associated with development.  Our clients include owners, lessees, developers, lenders, public authorities, community and civic groups, law firms, and architectural firms.    
The firm offers a wide range of land use services, including zoning due diligence and analysis, transactional and litigation support, strategic advice, review of zoning calculations, memoranda and opinions, purchase and sale of development rights, and agency approvals.  We practice before the City Planning Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), Landmarks Preservation Commission, Department of Buildings, City Council, Community Boards, and other City and State agencies and authorities.

GoldmanHarris’ practice involves cutting-edge issues, such as transportation-oriented development; “supertall” buildings; the innovation economy; electric utility/energy storage; and supportive and affordable housing.    

The firm offers exceptional knowledge and experience.  Partners Goldman and Harris together have more than 75 years of experience in the private and public sectors, including the Department of City Planning, where Goldman was Deputy Counsel and Harris was Associate Counsel, and several major law firms.  The staff includes David Schnakenberg, Counsel, formerly General Counsel of the BSA; Giovanni Gioia, an architect with experience in zoning, project management and urban design; and Eric Vath, an architect and attorney with experience in zoning and code compliance.  The firm employs LGBTQ staff and a “sister” firm, Goldman Harris II LLC, is WBE certified.

The firm strives to maintain an excellent reputation in the real estate, government and legal communities.  Shortly after the firm was founded, Goldman and Harris were included in a list of the top seven land use attorneys in New York City.  See https://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/land-use-royalty-a-look-at-the-top-planning-and-zoning-lawyers-in-nyc/.  Recognition continued on national and local levels, with ranking as a Best Law Firm in 2020 in U.S. News and World Report’s national listing. See https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/goldman-harris-llc/overview/44757, “Affordable Housing in Harlem,” Affordable Housing News (Spring 2020) https://www.affordablehousingnews.com/issues/spring2020/, and a firm rating in Super Lawyers https://profiles.superlawyers.com/new-york-metro/new-york/lawfirm/goldmanharris-llc/713f5360-262c-468a-ac60-17df5cb8d359.html.

Goldman is currently ranked in Chambers (Band 3). Harris was recently profiled in CityLand (2019) https://www.citylandnyc.org/ci... and recognized in Crain’s New York Business as one of the Best Women Lawyers in NYC (2018) https://abovethelaw.com/2017/12/the-best-women-lawyers-in-new-york-city-2018/.  Goldman and Harris are frequently recognized as “best” or “leading” land use lawyers in the City (Best Lawyers: https://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/howard-j-goldman/81069,  https://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/caroline-g-harris/152503;  Super Lawyers: https://profiles.superlawyers.com/new-york-metro/new-york/lawyer/caroline-harris/8085e691-8218-4920-9ccf-8ad014041f4a.html; https://profiles.superlawyers.com/new-york-metro/new-york/lawyer/howard-j-goldman/9464befe-75c7-4b27-b180-2768721268dd.html).

Harris recently co-authored “Airspace and Development Rights,” a chapter in the New York State Bar Association’s treatise, Real Estate Titles: The Practice of Real Estate Law In New York (3d ed. 2019). She has published other articles and taught many CLE programs. Goldman has published numerous articles on land use, taught and live-broadcast CLE programs, and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. Harris established the Endowment for Leadership in the laws and policies for women and minorities at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and Goldman is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Zoning and Design Committee.