Jason Labate
Senior Associate
Tel.: 646.768.4109

Jason Labate concentrates his practice in real estate and community development, nonprofit formation and governance, banking and finance, and corporate formation and governance. He also oversees Goldstein Hall’s Hudson Valley office and provides legal expertise for the Joint Ownership Entity (JOE NYC) program.

A frequent panelist and guest speaker on faith-based and nonprofit affordable housing development, Jason represents a range of for-profit, not-for-profit and public organizations.

Prior to joining Goldstein Hall in 2012, Jason attended Brooklyn Law School with a focus on economic empowerment and community development. He participated in Brooklyn Law School’s Community Development Clinic, where he advised local groups on not-for-profit corporate formation, corporate governance, and tax issues. He also interned with various government, nonprofit and private organizations including Staten Island Legal Services Homeowner Defense Project, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He was a Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow from 2009 – 2012.

Before obtaining his law degree, Jason worked in public service for seven years, including as the administrative director at a not-for-profit research center and as the director of program support and development at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). He was a New York City Urban Fellow from 2004-2005 and a Mayor’s Graduate Scholar from 2006-2008.

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  • Expertise
    • Real Estate and Community Development
    • Nonprofit Formation and Governance
    • Banking and Finance
    • Corporate Formation and Governance
  • Special Initiatives
    • Faith Based Community Development
    • Joint Ownership Entity (JOE NYC)
  • Bar Admissions
    • State of New York
  • Education
    • Brooklyn Law School, J.D. cum laude, with Certificates in Real Estate Law and Business Law, 2012
    • New York University, Wagner School of Public Service, M.P.A., Specialization in Financial Management, 2008
    • University of Chicago, B.A. Public Policy, with Honors, 2002
  • Awards
    • NYU Law Grunin Prize for Law and Social Entrepreneurship 2020
    • Brooklyn Law School Platinum Public Service Award 2012
    • CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Property Law Colloquium 2012
    • New York City Urban Fellow from 2004-2005
    • Mayor’s Graduate Scholar from 2006-2008
    • Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow from 2009-2012
  • Community Support
    • New York City Urban Fellow Alumni Association Board Member & Treasurer
    • Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association Board
  • Memberships
    • NYC Dance in Sacred Places Advisory Committee
    • New York Housing Conference Young Leadership Council
    • New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Not-for-Profit Entities and Concerns Committee
    • American Bar Association
    • Brooklyn Law School Alumni Admissions Board
  • Legal Presentations
    • Speaker, Community Board 10: Faith Based Development & Preservation in Central Harlem Conference, January 2018
    • Participant, Episcopal Diocese of New York Wardens Meeting: Real Property Options and Process, June 2017
    • Moderator, Faith-based community development event with ANHD and Manhattan Borough President, March 2017
    • Presenter, New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP): Mission-driven Development, Queens, January 2017
    • Presenter, NYLOP: Mission-driven Development, Bronx, December 2016
    • Presenter, NYLOP: Mission-driven Development, Manhattan, November 2016
    • Presenter, NYLOP: Mission-driven Development, Brooklyn, October 2016
    • Presenter, Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, Non-Profit Governance: Issues of Capacity, October 2016
    • Presenter, Brooklyn Borough President, October 2016
    • Organizer, Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit, March 2016
    • Presenter: Bridge Street Development, Faith-based Development, December 2015
    • Presenter: Brooklyn Borough President, Building Brooklyn Right, October 2015
    • Presenter: Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, Non-Profit Governance: Board Development, October 2015
  • Publications
    • “Changing the Paradigm: Creating Scale and Keeping Local Expertise in Nonprofit Affordable Housing Development – How to Stop Competing with Fellow CDCs and Embrace a Joint Ownership Structure,” 27 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law 3 (March 2019)