I’ve loved practicing law for the past 37 years. That devotion is enhanced by the endearing relationship I share with my partner and friend Arthur Greenbaum. His father, who founded our firm 100 years ago, told Arthur to ‘master what you do’ and Arthur, in both word and deed, has passed that on to me.

Mr. Goldsmith's practice focuses on redevelopment, downtown and urban revitalization, transit oriented development, project financing and incentives, sustainable building initiatives and public-private partnerships. His experience encompasses counseling clients on the specialized issues in redevelopment related to parking demand, design and construction. Mr. Goldsmith also has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, construction litigation and appellate work. 

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law categories (2007 – present)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Real Estate: Zoning/ Land Use category (2006 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Real Estate practice area (2010 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • Recipient of a New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award (2009)
  • Recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Leadership in Planning from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (2007)

Representative Matters

  • New Jersey Supreme Court Cases:
    Gallenthin Realty Development, Inc. v. Borough of Paulsboro, 191 N.J. 344 (N.J. 2007)
    -   2nd Roc-Jersey Associates v. Town of Morristown, 158 N.J. 581 (N.J. 1999)
  • Counseled a joint venture between developer Jonathan Rose Companies and JP Morgan Chase on title and construction loan closings for a mixed use redevelopment project in South Orange, NJ. The project will consist of a 215 unit LEED certified apartment building, retail space and a 500+ space parking facility, a portion of which will be available for public use. The firm advised on the transfer of property to our client pursuant to a Redevelopment Agreement previously negotiated by our team, and also negotiated a $38,500,000 million construction mortgage loan for the project. The deal represents a major milestone for the project and a significant step forward for South Orange’s downtown redevelopment.
  • Mr. Goldsmith has served as Counsel to the Morristown Parking Authority since 1983, leading to broad-based involvement in numerous downtown redevelopment projects in the Town of Morristown. That representation has included involvement in three structured parking facilities creating more than 2,000 parking spaces and leveraging more than $500 million in private sector investment.
  • Involved in the development of the “Epstein’s project” in Morristown from 2002 to the present. The project now includes the properties known as 40 Park, the Metropolitan, the 14 Maple Avenue Office Building and the DeHart Street Garage, with an approximate value in excess of $300,000,000.  Mr. Goldsmith’s services included declaration of the Area in Need of Rehabilitation, creation of the Redevelopment Plan, negotiation of tenant leases, negotiation of complex agreements for parking, access, development and allocation of costs between the Morristown Parking Authority and the private redeveloper, negotiation of contracts for the construction of the DeHart Street Garage and 14 Maple Avenue office building, and the Gold LEED certification for those properties.
  • Serves as counsel to Morristown Partnership, a Special Improvement District established in Morristown in 1994.
  • From 1978 – 1990, served as special counsel for the Headquarters Plaza Project, a then $100 million redevelopment venture in Morristown, handling all aspects of the negotiations, contracts and litigation relating to the project. 
  • Served as special counsel to the City of Long Branch with respect to the oceanfront developments of Pier Village and Beachfront North.
  • Served as counsel to Matzel and Mumford on the redevelopment project in South Bound Brook, now known as Canal Crossing, consisting of 152 townhomes on the former GAF manufacturing site.
  • Represented Thorlabs, Inc. in negotiating the terms for the Redevelopment Agreement, Financial Agreement and financing for the redevelopment of a brownfield site in Newton for its $25 million corporate headquarters and production facility.
  • Represented Somerset Development and Avalon Bay in negotiation of complex Financial Agreements for payments in lieu of taxes for residential developments in Woodridge, New Jersey.
  • Represented Landmark Properties in the development of the Landmark at Rahway redevelopment project which was recently sold to Roseland Mack Cali.
  • Represented KHovnanian in the redevelopment project of the villages at Delaware Run in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • Represented the City of Millville, New Jersey in the creation of the first and only Revenue Allocation District in the State of New Jersey, the precursor to tax increment financing or what is now an ERG Grant.
  • Provided pro bono counsel to the Discovery School, a charter school in Newark, in relation to its lease and occupancy in Teachers Village, a dynamic redevelopment project in the heart of downtown Newark.  Mr. Goldsmith has been proud to represent this school, which changes the lives of inner city children.
  • Served as special counsel for redevelopment to the municipalities of Morristown, Woodbridge, Princeton, Westfield, Millville, Netcong, North Wildwood, Robbinsville and Belmar.
  • Provided counsel with respect to redevelopment projects in Woodbridge, Rahway, South Amboy, Jersey City, Morristown, South Bound Brook, Matawan, Wildwood, Stanhope, Netcong, Phillipsburg, Trenton, Aberdeen, East Brunswick, West Orange, Bloomfield, Hoboken, Newark, South Orange, Linden and Cranford.
  • Guided Newark in the creation of the Newark Downtown District SID, the Bergen Lyons and Clinton SID and the SID funding mechanism for the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Serves as counsel to Special Improvement Districts in the Wildwoods, Livingston, Seaside Heights, and Newark.
  • Provided counsel to Special Improvement Districts in Atlantic City, Westfield, Keyport, Collingswood, Jersey City, Haddon Township, Bergenfield, Gloucester City, Teaneck, the Highlands, West Orange, Red Bank, Bound Brook, Seaside Heights, Ocean City and Summit, among others.

Uniquely NJ

  • President, Downtown New Jersey; Member, Executive Committee 
  • Trustee and Board Member, New Jersey Future
  • Member, Regional Plan Association; New Jersey Committee
  • Member, Urban Land Institute; New Jersey Chapter
  • Member, New Jersey Builders Association
  • Member, Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey
  • Member, NAIOP; New Jersey Chapter
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Morris County Bar Association
  • Former member, Main Street New Jersey Board of Advisors
  • Past President, Rutgers School of Law-Newark Alumni Association; Member, Executive Committee
  • Former member, Ad Hoc committee of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs focused on Special Improvement Districts
  • Former member,  New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice and Procedure
  • Former Editorial Board member, New Jersey Lawyer
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Academic Appointments

  • Developed and teaches a course in redevelopment law at Rutgers University School of Law, Newark
  • Teaches a course in redevelopment law at the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University
  • Served as an adjunct professor of environmental law in the Graduate Department of Urban Planning and Policy Development at Rutgers University 
  • Taught environmental law in the Master’s degree program for environmental engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Education

Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1977

New York University, B.A., with honors, 1973

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1977
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Clerkships

  • Former law clerk to The Honorable Milton B. Conford, presiding judge of the Appellate Division (1977-78); former law clerk to the Superior Court, Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey