Deirdre A. Carson: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Deirdre A. Carson

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Operations
  • Retail
  • Land Development
  • Environmental
Contact InfoTelephone: 212.801.6855
Fax: 212.801.6400
University Harvard University, Radcliffe College, B.A., cum laude, 1972
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1976 Order of the Coif
Admitted1977, New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
•Real Property Committee, 1988-1991
•Land Use and Zoning Committee, 1991-1994; 2000-2003
•Environmental Law Committee, 1996-1999
•Member, New York State Bar Association
•Real Property Section, 1982-present
•Trial Lawyers Section, 1982-present
•Environmental Law Section, 1992-present

BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, December 3, 1950

Deirdre Carson has more than 25 years of experience as a New York land use and co-op/condo lawyer. She has represented developers, real estate investors and educational institutions in land use and zoning matters, with associated environmental quality reviews, as well as in cooperative and condominium legal matters, before the City's Department of Buildings, City Planning Commission, Board of Standards and Appeals, City Council Landmarks Preservation Commission and the State Attorney General's office. Recently, Deirdre was the lead zoning lawyer representing a New York City university in obtaining New York City land use approvals of a Master Plan for the development of 2.3 million square feet of residential, academic and dormitory space. Deirdre was selected as one of Real Estate Forum's Women of Influence in September 2009.

Areas of Concentration

•Land use and zoning
•Cooperative and condominium law
•Real estate litigation (primarily Article 78 proceedings)

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate Law, 2015
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011, 2012 and 2013
•Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010 and 2013
•Listed, AVENUE magazine Legal Elite, Real Estate, April 2011
•Listed, Arrive magazine Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast, 2011
•Listed, Real Estate New York Women of Influence, September 2009
•Recipient, Arthur Vanderbilt Award for Service, New York University
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
10.21.15 74 Greenberg Traurig New York Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List
09.24.14 65 Greenberg Traurig New York Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers
01.03.13 Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice Selected as a Practice Group of the Year by Law360
10.12.12 Greenberg Traurig's New York Attorneys Recognized in 2012 Edition of Super Lawyers
06.11.10 Greenberg Traurig Takes Top Honors in Real Estate from Prestigious Legal Ranking and Publication Chambers and Partners USA

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Author, Real Property: Exclusionary Zoning, Annual Survey of American Law, 1974-1975

Noteworthy Experience

•Assistant to Mayor Edward Koch, 1979-1981

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Represented Fordham University in obtaining special permits to permit construction of 2.3 million square feet of academic and residential floor area on the University's Lincoln Center campus. Represented a private university at the Court of Appeals in vindicating university's right to maintain 400 foot antenna tower on its campus. Represented a national retailer entering New York City market in obtaining Department of Buildings interpretation of Zoning Resolution to permit broad spectrum of accessory services with principal store use; Represented a private university in connection with rezoning of portion of its campus to permit construction of a consolidated parking facility. Represented a national retailer in obtaining site plan approvals under City waterfront regulations on 400,000 square foot parcel. Representing a national supermarket company in obtaining site plan approvals for construction of new store in shopping center. Represented numerous developers in obtaining special permits for adaptive reuse of landmarked loft buildings in lower Manhattan.

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Office Information

Deirdre A. Carson

200 Park Avenue
New YorkNY 10166


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