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Martin Gold

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Adjunct Professor

Martin E. Gold is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, teaching courses at Columbia GSAPP on real estate development law and commercial leasing since 1988. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches a popular law course on Real Estate Development. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University (where he was graduating class president and class marshal). He received Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in a joint degree program and then spent two years as a Ford Foundation Fellow. He was an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. He subsequently became the founder, and the head, of the Economic Development Division of the NYC Law Department and then served as Director of Corporate Law for New York City (1978 to 1985). As the City’s chief corporate and real estate attorney, he supervised City lawyers doing contracts, public finance and various development projects, starting with South Street Seaport and Theater Row and ending with the 42nd Street-Times Square Project. While in government, Mr. Gold was the recipient of grant awards from the Rockefeller Bros. Foundation and The Fund for the City of New York.

In 1985, Mr. Gold joined Sidley Austin LLP, one of the largest and most respected law firms in the world. He has served as a partner and a senior counsel for more than three decades. His practice has focused on all types of real estate (especially complex development) and infrastructure. His clients have included U.S. and foreign governments, developers, large corporations, not-for-profits, financial institutions and various colleges, including Columbia University.

Mr. Gold is the author of approximately twenty articles, most of them in law or economic journals (including law reviews at Columbia, Harvard, Fordham, Virginia and Stanford), and the book Law and Social Change: A Study of Land Reform in Sri Lanka, written on Ford Foundation grants with a foreword by Gunnar Myrdal. He is the recipient of five pens used by New York State governors in signing laws that he drafted. He has lectured at numerous universities and before the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of State Legislatures and at programs of the U.S. Justice Department. He has been listed over many years in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World and periodically in The Legal 500. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the national academy and highest achievement in his field. In 2017, the Marquis Who’s Who Board included him in the first group ever honored for “Lifetime Achievement”.

He has travelled through all 50 states, and in 2018, Australia became the 109th country to which he’s traveled, when he was a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales Law School in Sydney, Australia.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6375‑1 Spring 2022
Advanced Commercial Leasing; Strategies & Negotiations
Martin Gold, Mitchell Nelson
W 9 AM - 11 AM
1.5 Points
Pla6375‑1 Summer 2021
Advanced Commercial Leasing: Strategies and Negotiations
Martin Gold, Mitchell Nelson MSRED ‘21
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
1.5 Points
Pla6375‑1 Spring 2020
Advanced Commercial Leasing
Martin Gold, Mitchell Nelson
W 2 PM - 4 PM
1.5 Points