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Martin E. Gold is Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, the highest tier appointment for part-time professors. He is also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (since 1989), where he has taught several courses. He was an associate at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. He then founded and headed the Economic Development Division of the New York Legal Department (1978-1985) and was also director of corporate law for New York City. As the city's chief corporate attorney, he oversaw and negotiated transactions including South Street Seaport, the Portman-Marriott Hotel, Theater Row, and the 42ndndStreet Times Square project. During his reign he received grants from the Rockefeller Bros. Foundation and the Fund for the City of New York.

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In 1985 he joined Brown & Wood as a partner, which merged with Sidley Austin LLP to form one of the largest law firms in the world. His work focused on real estate (in particular development, acquisitions, financing, leasing, infrastructure and privatization projects). He represented New York State in the development of Roosevelt Island North and Columbia University in the development of the Audubon Biomedical Research Park, Shapiro Hall, the State Psychiatric Institute Building, the Mailman School of Public Health, and aspects of the new Manhattanville campus. He has advised on the development of several airport terminals in the New York area, including Terminal 4 at JFK (which required the skills of 30 Sidley lawyers), Delta's renovation of LaGuardia Airport and a terminal at Newark Airport. He advised Puerto Rico on the development of three public-private combined heat and power plants, three private prison complexes, a water treatment plant and the rehabilitation of San Juan Airport. He was an advisor to the New York Library System on the conversion of the vacant 900,000 square foot B. Altman department store into a condominium for commercial nonprofits, where the library bought a 400,000 square foot unit and built the science and business library. He also represented the city and county of Durham, N.C. in developing a publicly funded and operated civic center with a privately developed hotel in a single structure

Mr. Gold graduated from Cornell University where he was a Senior Class President and Class Marshal. In 1965 he went to Gambia with Operation Crossroads Africa. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of about twenty articles, most of them in legal or business journals (including Law Reviews at Columbia, Harvard, Fordham, Virginia, and Stanford) and the book Law and Social Change: A Study of Land Reform in Sri Lanka, written about Ford Foundation grants and with a foreword by Gunnar Myrdal. He is the recipient of five pens used by New York state governors to sign laws for which he was responsible. He has worked at numerous universities and at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and several programs of the U.S. Justice Department held. Mr. Gold has been listed annually in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World (both since 1985) and several times in The Legal 500. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the highest honor in the field. In 2017 the Marquis Who is Who Board named him the first group ever to be honored for his life's work.

He left Sidley in mid-2018 to teach at the University of New South Wales Law School (in Sydney) and was the special speaker at a conference of leading Australian and New Zealand real estate attorneys in Auckland in early 2019. He has visited all 50 US states and the two visits to Downunder were his 109ththeand 110theCountries visited.

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