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David Karnovsky

Adjunct Professor

David Karnovsky is an Adjunct Professor in the Urban Planning Program teaching planning law. He is a partner in the Real Estate Department at Fried Frank in New York.

His practice focuses on land use, zoning and real estate development. Prior to joining the firm, he served as general counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning from 1999 to 2014. Before that, he was special counsel and policy advisor to New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Operations and chief of the Legal Counsel Division of the Office of the Corporation Counsel.

As general counsel to the Department of City Planning, he worked on a number of large-scale projects sponsored by the City and private entities involving residential, commercial and institutional-community facility development. He also advised City agencies and the private sector on zoning and other land use matters.

He received his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA from Wesleyan University. He is a member of the Bar of the City of New York and currently serves as Chair of the Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee of the Bar. He is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, DC. In 2015, he was a visiting professor at Harvard GSD, where he taught the planning law course.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6052‑1 Spring 2020
Planning Law
David Karnovsky
TH 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3 Points
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