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Carol Rosenthal

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Land Use, Construction and Development; Real Estate; Environmental; Acquisitions, Dispositions and Related Financings


Ms. Rosenthal is a partner in Fried Frank's Real Estate Department, resident in the New York Office. Ms. Rosenthal has had over 25 years of experience as land use and development counsel to developers, businesses, hospitals and other non-profit institutions. She has successfully prosecuted applications for zoning amendments, special permits, variances, state and city environment quality reviews, landmarked site approvals and other governmental approvals. She had broad based experience in project development, housing, transportation and joint public-private initiatives, and has represented clients in numerous transactions for the transfer of development rights, government acquisitions and turn=key developments.


Ms. Rosenthal joined the Firm as a partner in 2007. Ms. Rosenthal is a former associate counsel to the New York City Department of Planning (1986 to 1988) and was an Adjunct Professor of New York Law School, where she taught land use law. Ms. Rosenthal frequently teaches at conferences and seminars for clients and professional organizations and has contributed numerous articles and papers for publication. Additionally, Ms. Rosenthal served as law clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Ms. Rosenthal is a member of the Women’s Forum Planning Committee, a representative group directing Fried Frank’s Firmwide women’s affinity group. Ms. Rosenthal is also a trustee of Citizens Budget Commission. She is on the advisory board of Cityland (The Center for New York City Law, New York Law School) and a board members of both the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Committee and. Hunter High School PTA. She is also chair of the Zoning Committee of the American Planning Association, New York Metro.


Ms. Rosenthal earned her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a staff member and note and comment editor for Review of Law and Social Change, in 1982 and her BA from Brandeis University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1979.

She also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1977 to 1978.

United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

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Carol Rosenthal - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: Land use/zoning

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is considered the ‘gold standard’ for land use and zoning work in New York City. The 12-strong team works on high-profile mandates, which have included assisting Google with the zoning due diligence in relation to its $2.4bn acquisition of Chelsea Market from Jamestown Properties, and also advising on ongoing land use with regard to the potential expansion of the property. The team also advised JPMorgan Chase on various aspects of the planned redevelopment of its headquarters on Park Avenue - the first major project to be carried out under the Greater East Midtown Rezoning Plan, passed in 2017. In addition, the team continues to act as counsel to Related Companies in relation to numerous zoning aspects concerning the development of Hudson Yards; with the firm's assistance, the client was able to create a complex underlying legal architecture allowing for the establishment of multiple business sites with separate financings. Melanie Meyers is a key figure in the practice group, as is Carol Rosenthal, who ‘intimately understands the complexities of zoning in a way that is grounded in both historical context and palatable ways to set new precedent’. ‘True starZachary Bernstein stands out for his ‘willingness to be clear that there aren't always simple clear answers and that some goals require a more subjective path’; he co-led the JPMorgan Chase mandate with David Karnovsky, another key practitioner. Special counsel Wesley O’Brien and associate Nicholas Williams are also recommended.

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