Paul Gangsei

Professor from Practice

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7569 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Real Estate and Land Use

B.A., St. Olaf College
J.D., New York University School of Law

Paul A. Gangsei was named Executive Director of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) in De​cember 2013. As an entrepreneurial insider, he will continue to raise the profile of CUBE as a home for the next generation of pioneers in business, media, energy, technology, the creative arts, and social enterprise and the lawyers who represent them. Working with the faculty, he continues to develop the Center’s core curriculum, a combination of foundational coursework, in-house clinics, and industry-specific courses and workshops that promote substantive knowledge and skills training for entrepreneurial attorneys.

Over the course of his career, Professor Gangsei has built a reputation representing not-for-profit educational, healthcare, social service and cultural institutions, and public entities in real estate and development transactions. He was most recently a partner at the New York City office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where he remains Special Council. Professor Gangsei focused on higher education through development of major projects for institutions such as The New School and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as representing e-commerce start-ups through multiple rounds of financing. His roster of projects also included work for MoMA, the South Street Seaport Museum, and numerous healthcare providers. 

As a member and then Chair of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Professor Gangsei spearheaded the Museum’s noteworthy expansion, making it New York City’s first green museum. He also holds or has held leadership roles for the New York City Bar Association (Real Property Law Committee and Joint Committee of the Legal Referral Service), the Design Trust for Public Space, the Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Consortium, and the Support Center for Nonprofit Management.

Professor Gangsei attended New York University School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review. He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Lawrence W. Pierce of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.​