Kurt Steinhouse is an attorney with the U.S. Planning and Zoning Practice of
international law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. He focuses his practice on
all aspects of land use, zoning, and real estate development in New York City.
Before joining the firm, Kurt served as general counsel to the New York City
Board of Standards and Appeals, where he worked on numerous complex
projects involving residential, commercial, and community facility development
and advised city agencies and the private sector on New York’s reticulated
zoning, construction codes, and environmental review requirements. He drafted
hundreds of resolutions for board adoption, participated in public hearings,
developed litigation strategy, and oversaw outside counsel defending the city in
litigation. Kurt also coordinated with governmental agencies and officials and
represented the agency before the New York City Council.
Kurt also worked as an assistant general counsel with the New York City
Department of Buildings, where he represented the agency in interpretive
appeals before the Board of Standards and Appeals, and as a postgraduate
fellow in the legal department of New York City Economic Development
Kurt is the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Land Use Planning and
Zoning Committee. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he
was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from The
College of William and Mary, where he was a James Monroe Scholar.