Gordon J. Davis works with clients in the firm’s Real Estate and Tax-Exempt Organizations Groups. Gordon counsels nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions, notable public/private developments, and major New York revitalization projects on various real estate and financing issues.
He played a key role not only in founding such cultural institutions as the Central Park Conservancy and Jazz at Lincoln Center, but also in driving high-profile redevelopment and renovation projects involving the World Trade Center and other iconic New York institutions.
Gordon’s experience includes :
- Expanding and renovating the American Museum of Natural History, including the Rose Planetarium and proposed Gilder Center
- Expanding the United States Tennis Association’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park
- Overseeing the planned rebuilding of New York’s Penn Station (Amtrak) and the Mt. Sinai Health System’s Hess Center for Science and Medicine
- Negotiating and funding numerous capital projects and facilities at the NYPL, including restoration of the 42nd Street Central Library and its Rose Main Reading Room
Prior to joining Venable, Gordon served as special assistant to New York Mayor John Lindsay and was appointed commissioner of the New York City Planning Commission. Mayor Ed Koch appointed Gordon to be his first commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of New York. After leaving public service and prior to becoming a partner at Venable, Gordon was a partner in the law firms of Lord Day & Lord and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.
- Commissioner, New York City Planning Commission
- Commissioner, Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of New York
- Special Assistant, Administration of New York Mayor John Lindsay
- J.D. Harvard Law School 1967
- B.A. Williams College 1963
Bar Admissions : New York
Professional Memberships :
- Past board member, The Phoenix Companies, Inc.
- Past board member, Consolidated Edison
- Board member, various Dreyfus mutual funds managed by the Bank of New York Mellon
- Founding member, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
- Board member, New York Public Library
- Trustee emeritus, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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