Our Office

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.