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Caroline Harris

Goldman Harris LLC

New York, NY, USA

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”). 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 Stadtmauer Bailkin (now Akerman Senterfitt) and then Stroock, Stroock & Lavan. She also was Of Counsel at Troutman Sanders LLP. In 2000, she joined with Howard Goldman as his partner to form GoldmanHarris LLC.


  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1979 (Asper Fellow)
  • B.A., Trinity College, 1975
    • Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974
    • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1974


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


  • New York State Bar, 1983
  • Texas Bar, 1980

Current Memberships and Activities

  • 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)
  • Urban Land Institute, New York Housing Council
  • American Arbitration Association approved Neutral on Commercial Panel (2000-Present)
  • Frequent CLE lecturer

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer (2007-2015)
  • Top Attorney: New York Metro Area (2007, 2008, 2013)
  • Top Women Attorneys (2014, 2015)
  • Best Law Firm in America, US News & World Report, (2013, 2015)
  • "NYC's Elite Land Use Attorneys", The Real Deal, December 2011
  • Trailblazer Award, Sustainable South Bronx (2008) 


  • 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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