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David Reiss

Professor of Law Research Director, Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE)

(718) 780-0636
B.A., Williams College
J.D., New York University School of Law
Areas of Expertise
Community Development
Consumer Financial Services Law
Rating Agencies Regulation
Real Estate Finance Law
Real Estate Law


Professor Reiss concentrates on real estate finance and community development, is the founding director of the Community Development Clinic, and teaches a Property Law Colloquium. He is actively involved within the Law School community, currently serving as Academic Programs Director of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE). In April 2017, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers by the organization’s Board of Governors.

His publications address issues related to the secondary mortgage markets, predatory lending, and housing policy. Professor Reiss is a frequently quoted expert on legal developments in the real estate finance sector. His comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, many real estate-focused news outlets, and he writes a bi-monthly column for The Hill.

Reporters and practitioners also rely on Reiss’s popular REFinBlog, which offers a daily roundup of developments in the law and practices related to the real estate finance industry.

Before joining Brooklyn Law School, he was a visiting clinical associate professor at the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice. Previously, he was an associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in its real estate department, and an associate in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster in its land use and environmental law group. He also clerked for Judge Timothy Lewis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to attending law school, he worked for a non-profit organization that assists people who have psychiatric disabilities as they make the transition from shelters and hospitals to independent living.