Martin Gold has been an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Development at Columbia GSAPP since 1988 and he has taught both the real estate development law course and commercial leasing. Gold has been at Sidley Austin LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world, as a partner for 28 years and now as their Senior Counsel. His practice is in both real estate and infrastructure, and his clients include governments, developers, large corporations, not-for-profits and financial institutions. From 1978 to 1985, Gold served as Director of Corporate Law for New York City and was the founder and head of the Economic Development Decision of the NYC Law Department. As the City’s chief corporate and real estate attorney, he had responsibility for development projects from South Street Seaport to the Times Square Project.
Gold is the author of nearly twenty articles published mostly in law reviews and economic journals, and a book: Law and Social Change: A Study of Land Reform in Sri Lanka (foreword by Gunnar Myrdal) written on Ford Foundation grants. He is also the recipient of five pens from New York State Governors following the enactment of five laws that he drafted. He has lectured at numerous universities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and programs of the U.S. Justice Department. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the most prestigious organization for real estate lawyers in the nation, and is listed in Best Lawyers, The Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who in the World. Gold is a graduate of Cornell University and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. One of Marty’s great passions is travel and exploration; he has now been to 49 states and 104 countries.