Howard Goldman has been practicing land use law in New York City since 1980, when he was appointed Deputy Counsel to the Department of City Planning/City Planning Commission. Prior to that, he had been an environmental and land use attorney in Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska, where, among other things, he represented the North Slope Borough in adopting a Coastal Management Plan to regulate the siting of onshore facilities in connection with oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea.

At City Planning, Goldman was involved in the review of applications under the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, attended weekly staff meetings to prepare the City Planning Commission’s agenda, and attended Commission meetings and hearings. He was part of the team that promulgated the Midtown Rezoning, which encouraged development in Times Square and West Midtown, and was responsible for the environmental impact statement that accompanied the rezoning. He was also responsible for reviews under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, handled a variety of assignments from Commission Chairman Herbert Sturz and Department Counsel Norman Marcus, and supervised other attorneys in the Counsel’s Office.

In 1983, Goldman joined the firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler as a senior associate and became a land use partner one year later. In the late 1980’s, the Patterson land use group moved to Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, where he continued as a land use partner. Among the many projects Goldman worked on in private practice were Riverside South, where he met weekly with Donald Trump.

Goldman left Winthrop to start his own firm, Law Offices of Howard Goldman, PLLC, in 1999. In 2008, he was joined by partner Caroline Harris and the firm of Goldman Harris LLC was created.


  • J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, summa cum laude, 1972.  Ad hoc major in Environmental Studies/Pre-Law


  • New York State Bar, 1976
  • Alaska Bar, 1978

Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • CLE lecturer