Prior to joining Herrick, Mitch served for six years as commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and as director of the New York City Department of City Planning's Brooklyn office, where he guided Brooklyn's first mixed use zoning districts through the public review process and spearheaded plans for the rezoning and revitalization of a number of neighborhoods, including Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Prior to running the Brooklyn office, Mitch was deputy director of the Staten Island office and served in the City Planning Department's Housing and Economic Development Division.
Mitch leverages his experience in local government to provide real estate owners and developers with strategic legal counsel on land use and zoning issues. He advises clients in connection with site acquisitions and assemblages, site development options, zoning lot mergers and the transfer of development rights. He assists clients before the Board of Standards and Appeals and the Department of City Planning in connection with applications for zoning variances, special permits and discretionary approvals. He also assists clients with applications to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and resolves zoning and code-related issues at the Department of Buildings.
Mitch is an Adjunct Professor in Hunter College Graduate School's Urban Affairs and Planning Department where he teaches Land Use Law and leads a seminar entitled "Lawyers and Planners in the Development Process." His insights on real estate development and the intricacies of local zoning laws have appeared in major real estate and business publications, including Crain's, The New York Times and The Real Deal.
He is also a co-author of Herrick's land use and environmental blog, ZONE, which keeps readers up-to-date on the latest issues in land use and environmental law.