Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • M.P.A., New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, 1993
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1992
    Editor, Review of Law and Social Change
    Managing Editor, Environmental Law Journal
  • B.A., magna cum laude, George Washington University, 1988


  • Co-Chair, New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Committee on Not-for-Profit Entities and Concerns

    Member, New York City Bar Association, Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee; and Chair, Subcommittee on New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA)

    WX, New York Women Executives in Real Estate
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Susan E. Golden


Sue Golden is a partner in Venable's Real Estate and Nonprofit Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on development and infrastructure projects, including land use and zoning, real estate transactions, public and private funding, and governance matters. Sue has extensive experience with the intricacies of federal, New York State, and New York City land use and environmental quality reviews, as well as government procurement and funding contract administration. She counsels on compliance with zoning, landmarks, and historic preservation requirements; public review and government approval of development proposals; negotiation of development, design and construction contracts; property acquisitions and conveyances, including public and commercial leases and the transfer of development rights; government and charitable funding and donor agreements; negotiation of mixed-use condominium structures; and the formation and counseling of small or special purpose corporations, including tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporations and New York State public authorities.

Significant Matters

The Studio Museum in Harlem: counsel for development and construction of proposed new museum building on West 125th Street in Upper Manhattan, including real estate transactions, zoning and environmental review and approvals, public and private funding and financing, and possible new market tax credits.

World Trade Center Redevelopment: land use, environmental and real estate counsel to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on the redevelopment and revitalization of the areas of Lower Manhattan affected by the events of September 11, 2001, encompassing the World Trade Center Memorial and Redevelopment Plan and other projects throughout lower Manhattan, New York.

American Museum of Natural History: land use and environmental counsel for renovation and restoration of the Museum's historic campus, including proposed new Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation; also represented Museum and Planetarium Authority, a state agency, throughout public and government review of the Planetarium and North Side Project and subsequent litigation.

Mount Sinai Health System: land use, environmental and real estate counsel for redevelopment of hospital and medical school properties throughout the City, including zoning analysis and master planning, obtaining zoning variances from the Board of Standards and Appeals, CEQR environmental reviews, subdivision of tax lots, purchase and sale and easement transactions, revocable consent approvals, and design and construction contract issues.

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center: represented the United States Tennis Association in connection with government approval of expansion of and capital improvements to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York.

Governor's Office of Storm Recovery: advise on procurement, construction, real estate, contracting, grants and governance matters in connection with the $3.8 billion in federal disaster relief funding allocated for rebuilding and resilience projects in New York State after Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy.

Haverstraw Water Supply Project: served as real estate counsel to United Water New York for a proposed desalination facility on the Hudson River as a source of public water supply in Rockland County, New York.

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy: counsel for the creation of nonprofit corporation to maintain and operate the 12½-acre Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Hudson Yards, Moynihan and Penn Station Projects: advising National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) on the development of and relocation to the new Moynihan Station, the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station, New York and the planned trans-Hudson River tunnel at Hudson Yards.

Jazz at Lincoln Center: real estate and construction counsel for planning, design, construction, financing and government funding of Frederick P. Rose Hall performance, education, and broadcast facility in the Time Warner Center Condominium at Columbus Circle.

Municipal Recycling Projects: real estate and construction counsel to Sims Metal Management in connection with contracting, lease and funding for new Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility on City-owned pier in Brooklyn, New York, and New York City Transit Authority contract for recycling of subway cars.

Enhanced Assisted Living Facility: represented HealthCare Chaplaincy in planned development of innovative new facility for research, education and practice of spirit-centered palliative care in lower Manhattan, including modification to large scale plan under New York City Zoning Resolution.

Art Students League: represented the Art Students League in a transfer of development rights and the right to cantilever over the League’s landmark building, including advice regarding the League’s membership approval process which was later upheld in litigation.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: counsel to Lincoln Center and constituents in development of a master plan for the comprehensive reconstruction, renovation and modernization of the Lincoln Center campus, including creation of project governance structure.

Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center for the City of New York: outside general counsel for governance, contracts and real estate matters, on a pro bono basis.