“I advise clients of legal, regulatory and compliance issues in their Real Estate portfolio, add value thereto, and advocate for their rights.”


Hofstra University School of Law
Juris Doctor
State University of New York at Albany
Bachelor of Science


New York State Courts
Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Mr. Goldsmith is a Partner with the firm. Mr. Goldsmith specializes in identifying, creating and implementing strategies for the development of his clients’ real estate investments and the maximization of their rent roll. Mr. Goldsmith’s practice concentrates on representing developers, commercial owners, hoteliers, and residential landlords, and Mr. Goldsmith is one of New York City’s leading Loft Law experts. Mr. Goldsmith focuses on the laws, rules and regulations governing rent-stabilized and rent-controlled apartments, Interim Multiple Dwellings, City, State or Federally supervised or subsidized housing projects, and cooperative and condominium units.

Mr. Goldsmith received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 2003. While at Hofstra, Mr. Goldsmith participated in a study and work abroad program in Shimla, India that culminated in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Mr. Goldsmith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 2000 and attended Tel Aviv University for one semester where he was appointed Ambassador of the Lowy School for Overseas Students. Mr. Goldsmith is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York and in the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Goldsmith is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association.


In early 2022, Mr. Goldsmith argued an important case before the NYS Court of Appeals, the highest Court in the State, on the intersection of the Loft Law and Rent Stabilization. Read more here.

Additional coverage of the decision by The Real Deal can be found here.

In March 2022’s RSA Reporter is a discussion under noteworthy decisions about the appeal KMWB Partner Joseph Goldsmith won before the NYS Court of Appeals in Aurora Associates v. Locatelli, 2022 NY Slip Op 00958 (2022). Read more here, as well as the full article here.

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GothamistIs that rent hike legal? These are the new rights for NYC tenants with ‘good cause’ in effect.

The Real Deal reported on eight lawsuits in October 2022 commenced by KMWB Partner Joseph Goldsmith against HPD by landlords who argue that a city program improperly forces them to prove their tenants were not harassed, or to set aside apartments for low-income residents, in order to obtain permits from the Department of Buildings for certain renovations. Read more here, as well as the full article here.

The Real Deal reported in March 2023 about plans by MAG Partners to demolish a building at 300 East 50th Street with hopes to develop a 194-unit apartment building when they found the vacant 12-unit building there was listed on the city’s Certificate of No Harassment list. Due to this, they could not immediately obtain permits for demolition. KMWB Partner Joseph Goldsmith spoke to The Real Deal about this—read more here.