Mitch Korbey is a partner, and chair of the firm’s Land Use & Zoning Group.
Mitch is an accomplished urban planner and land use attorney with more than 20 years of experience in private practice and government service. Prior to joining Herrick, Mitch served as Commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals. Prior to that, he directed the Department of City Planning's Brooklyn office, and served as the deputy director of its Staten Island office.
Mitch advises clients on a wide range of zoning and land use issues, including site acquisitions and assemblages, site development options, zoning lot mergers and development rights transfers. He also represents clients in applications for zoning variances, special permits and other discretionary approvals from key New York City agencies, including the Board of Standards and Appeals, Department of City Planning, the Department of Buildings and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Mitch regularly counsels prominent real estate developers, owners and lenders regarding their day-to-day management of millions of square feet of real estate in the five boroughs. In doing so, he helps clients navigate the complexities of New York City’s byzantine 7,500-page zoning resolution – guiding them to the most efficient intersection of their business goals and what the rules will allow. A former government official, he also keeps clients abreast of political headwinds pointing to zoning changes that could impact their current properties or future development plans.
Mitch is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, and an adjunct with Hunter College's graduate program in urban planning.
For the past three years, Mitch has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of New York City’s leading zoning lawyers.
Memberships & Associations
- New York State Bar Association
- Land Use, Green Development and Environmental Committee
- Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
- Architecture Institute of America
- Historic Buildings Committee
- Cornell Association Planners
- Board of Directors, Regional Plan Association (RPA)