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Anita Laremont, former chair of the New York City Planning Commission, has joined Fried Frank as a partner in the real estate practice

Former NYC Planning Commission Chair Joins Fried Frank

Anita Laremont will join Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as partner in the real estate department and land use, zoning and development practice. Previously chair of the New York City Planning Commission under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, Laremont will join Fried Frank this September. 

As director of the Department of City Planning, Laremont was responsible for planning across all five boroughs. She led multiple transformative citywide initiatives including Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, Zoning for Quality and Affordability, and Zoning for Accessibility, as well as rezonings throughout the city including Greater East Midtown, Soho/Noho, and the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn.  

Laremont also was involved in significant private zoning applications including a new JP Morgan Chase headquarters building, redevelopment of the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Terminal and redevelopment of the Blood Center. She previously served for more than 16 years as general counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation. 


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