Morton  Goldfein

Morton Goldfein

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Mort Goldfein has engaged in a variety of practice areas during his 47-year career. While a Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey, he built a staff of litigators and regulatory specialists that wrote and enforced a comprehensive array of environmental regulations to protect the state’s air, water, coastal, and wildlife resources; edited New Jersey’s first environmental practice manual for the NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education; and co-chaired the Environmental Control Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.

For more than a decade, as Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs of the region’s largest real estate development company, he negotiated, documented, and completed transactions involving more than twenty million square feet of industrial, commercial and residential buildings, managed land use approval processes for large scale mixed-use projects, and represented the real estate industry in state and national legislative affairs. During that period, he served two terms as president of the National Association of Office & Industrial Parks (NAIOP), New Jersey chapter; led the first delegation of industrial development professionals to the People’s Republic of China; and, spoke frequently at real estate industry seminars and conferences.

Returning to private practice in 1992, Mr. Goldfein has concentrated on real estate finance, nonprofit governance, and mid-cap corporate transactions. With the emergence of alternative energy development, he represented domestic and offshore entities creating and/or acquiring large solar installations and fostering innovative technologies in several states. He also represented groups in the creation of eight public charter schools in New York and New Jersey and advises executives and boards of schools and other nonprofit organizations on finance and governance matters.

He chaired and still serves on the board of the Greenpoint Mfg & Design Center (GMDC), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that utilizes entitlements and public sector grants to redevelop and manage 800,000+ sq ft of industrial buildings that lease work spaces to wood- and metal-workers, artists and artisans.  He is a former board member and continues to advise on public support for the Center for Supportive Schools (CSS), a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ that utilizes academically-vetted peer leadership training programs to reduce dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and other problems in school districts throughout the country. He is an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ and the proud grandfather of two children in Brooklyn and three in Pasadena CA.

Mr. Goldfein is a graduate of Tufts University (AB) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LLB). He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Overview

Mort Goldfein has engaged in a variety of practice areas during his 47-year career. While a Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey, he built a staff of litigators and regulatory specialists that wrote and enforced a comprehensive array of environmental regulations to protect the state’s air, water, coastal, and wildlife resources; edited New Jersey’s first environmental practice manual for the NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education; and co-chaired the Environmental Control Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.

For more than a decade, as Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs of the region’s largest real estate development company, he negotiated, documented, and completed transactions involving more than twenty million square feet of industrial, commercial and residential buildings, managed land use approval processes for large scale mixed-use projects, and represented the real estate industry in state and national legislative affairs. During that period, he served two terms as president of the National Association of Office & Industrial Parks (NAIOP), New Jersey chapter; led the first delegation of industrial development professionals to the People’s Republic of China; and, spoke frequently at real estate industry seminars and conferences.

Returning to private practice in 1992, Mr. Goldfein has concentrated on real estate finance, nonprofit governance, and mid-cap corporate transactions. With the emergence of alternative energy development, he represented domestic and offshore entities creating and/or acquiring large solar installations and fostering innovative technologies in several states. He also represented groups in the creation of eight public charter schools in New York and New Jersey and advises executives and boards of schools and other nonprofit organizations on finance and governance matters.

He chaired and still serves on the board of the Greenpoint Mfg & Design Center (GMDC), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that utilizes entitlements and public sector grants to redevelop and manage 800,000+ sq ft of industrial buildings that lease work spaces to wood- and metal-workers, artists and artisans.  He is a former board member and continues to advise on public support for the Center for Supportive Schools (CSS), a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ that utilizes academically-vetted peer leadership training programs to reduce dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and other problems in school districts throughout the country. He is an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ and the proud grandfather of two children in Brooklyn and three in Pasadena CA.

Mr. Goldfein is a graduate of Tufts University (AB) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LLB). He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of a subsidiary of a Bangalore, India utility in the purchase of large solar energy development facilities in Tennessee-Georgia and New Jersey. Mr. Goldfein represented a Colorado-based developer in gaining public approvals and lease agreements for what was then New Jersey’s largest solar “farm” transaction.
  • Negotiated and secured state/municipal approvals and financing for NJ's first public/private entities providing worksite childcare and shelter for homeless families
  • Advised two large NYC congregations in multi-million dollar sales of church properties to developers of downtown office and residential projects
  • Represented the shareholders of a regional logistics company in lease acquisitions of more than one million sq. ft. of warehouse facilities and subsequent $24 million sale to a Texas-based venture fund.
  • Acquisition of a large office park condominium unit for lease to a NY Exchange specialized medical company.
  • Development of facilities for five public charter schools utilizing New Markets Tax Credits and other creative financing tools.
Service Areas
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLB, 1966
  • Tufts University, AB, 1963
Bar/Court Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Affiliations
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    — Member
  • Center for Supportive Schools:

    — Board Member, Chair of the Governance Committee (2008 – present)

    Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center:

    — Board Member, former Chair (1990 – present)

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