David Karnovsky

David Karnovsky is a member of the Real Estate Department in the New York City law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Mr. Karnovsky’s practice focuses on land use, zoning and real estate development. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Karnovsky served as general counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning from 1999 to 2014. Before that, Mr. Karnovsky was special counsel and policy advisor to New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Operations and chief of the Legal Counsel Division of the Office of the Corporation Counsel.

As general counsel to the Department of City Planning, Mr. Karnovsky worked on a number of large-scale projects sponsored by the City and private entities involving residential, commercial, and institutional-community facility development. These included, among others, the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Plan, the West Chelsea-High Line Special District, and the Columbia-Manhattanville rezoning.  He also advised City agencies and the private sector on zoning and other land use matters.

Mr. Karnovsky received his JD, from the University Harvard Law School in 1982, and his BA, from Wesleyan University in 1978.