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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.


  • 475 Park Avenue South, Suite 2803
    New York, NY 10016


  • French
  • Hebrew


  • University of Maryland , JD, graduated 1979
  • Trinity College, BA, graduated 1975

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1983
  • Texas, 1980

Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Texas

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law


  • Top Land Use/Zoning Attorney in "NY Metro-Top Women 2019" Super Lawyers magazine
  • NY Metro 2019 Super Lawyers
  • 100 New Yorkers named to the inaugural list of Leading Women Lawyers in New York City in Crain's 2018
  • The Real Deal, "Land-Use Royalty, A Look at the Top Planning and Zoning Lawyers in NYC"

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