David Karnovsky

David Karnovsky

  • Partner
  • Real Estate
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8927
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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David Karnovsky is a member of the Real Estate Department resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm in 2014 as a partner.
Mr. Karnovsky's practice focuses on land use, zoning, real estate development, and environmental review. Since joining the firm, Mr. Karnovsky has worked on a number of high-profile zoning and land use matters in the Hudson Yards area, Lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn on behalf of Tishman Speyer, Related Companies, and Madison Equities, among others.
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. He also advised City agencies and the private sector on zoning and other land use matters.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Karnovsky is ranked by Chambers and Partners in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (New York) where he is described as an “invaluable resource” to his clients. In addition, he is recognized by Legal 500 in Real Estate: Land Use and Zoning.

Professional Associations

Chair, Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, City Bar Association
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Member, CityLand Journal Advisory Board

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York; Washington, DC

Practices & Industries


Wesleyan University, BA – 1978
Harvard Law School, JD – 1982
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