Caroline Harris's practice is focused on land use law, emphasizing New York City zoning and historic preservation. She is an expert on development rights deals (“air rights”) and discretionary approvals. She also has substantial transactional experience and serves as a Neutral Arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Harris began her zoning career in the public sector as Associate Counsel for the New York City Department of City Planning. As Associate Counsel, she was responsible for all legal matters relating to applications for re-zonings, urban renewal plan approvals, special permits, certifications, and authorizations. She also handled legal issues associated with complex special projects involving multiple city and state agencies, such as the 42nd Street Development Project. She regularly appears before the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals, City Planning Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission.

After City Planning, Ms. Harris was associated with well-respected mid-size and large firms as an associate and as counsel. In 2008, she joined with Howard Goldman as his partner to form GoldmanHarris LLC.



  • Law clerk to the Honorable John V. Singleton, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas


Current Memberships and Activities

  • Urban Design Forum, Member (2018 – present)
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in the Law, Member (2019-Present; Board of Directors 2019)
  • Women in Housing and Finance, President (2009-2014); Board of Directors (2006-Present)
  • City Lore: The Center for Urban Culture, Board of Directors (1999-Present); Vice President (2013-Present)
  • American Arbitration Association approved Neutral on Commercial Panel (2000-Present)

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers for 2020, New York City Land Use and Zoning Law
  • CityLaw New York Law School Center for New York City Law Profile, Volume 25, Issue 3, 2019, p. 75
  • Top Land Use/Zoning Attorney in “NY Metro – Top Women 2019” Super Lawyers magazine, included as a special advertising supplement to The New York Times edition of March 24, 2019
  • “NY Metro 2019 Super Lawyers” in Super Lawyers magazine
  • “NY Metro 2018 Super Lawyers” in Super Lawyers magazine
  • “100 New Yorkers named to the inaugural list of Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” in Crain’s 2018 Legal List – Leading Women Lawyers in NYC, a supplement to Crain’s New York Business, December, 2017
  • International Advisory Experts Award:  Land Use Law Award (2018)
  • U.S. News and World Report, Best Law Firms in the United States (2012; 2014; 2016; 2017; 2018);
  • Top Women Attorneys: New York Metro Area
  • Super Lawyers (2007-2010; 2013-2019)
  • The Real Deal, 'Land-Use Royalty, A Look at the Top Planning and Zoning Lawyers in NYC' (2011);
  • Trailblazer Award, Sustainable South Bronx (2008)


  • Michael J. Berey and Caroline G. Harris §22 Airspace and Development Rights, Real Estate Titles, 3d Edition (2019), New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Land Use, Planning and Zoning, Subcommittee on Sustainability, “Further Utilizing the Zoning Resolution to Create a More Sustainable New York City, Better Prepared to Adapt to Climate Change (September 2011)
  • “Climate Change Regulation: Fostering Progress Through Law and Regulation,” 18 N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal 55 (2010) contributor, zoning section
  • “Adaptation: Fostering Progress Through Law and Regulation,” Report of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (December 2009) contributor, zoning section
  • “Discretionary Land Use Approvals in a Down Market” (with Howard Goldman), New York Law Journal (December 18, 2008)
  • “Green Zoning,” Torchlight, Sallan Foundation Newsletter (October 1, 2008)
  • “The Basics of Development Rights Deals,” New York Real Estate Law Reporter (March 2007)
  • “Higher and Higher: Acquiring Development Rights Through Zoning Lot Mergers,” New York Law Journal (January 16, 2007)
  • “Not In My Domain,” (interviewed) Commercial Property News (December 1, 2004)
  • “The Zen of Cities: Meditative Spaces in Urban Environments,” 3 AIA/J The AIA Journal of Architecture 11 (December 2003)
  • “(Landmarks) Coming of Age in New York,” New York Law Journal (April 19, 1997)
  • Other publications prior to 1997


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