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BBG Mourns Death of Founding Partner, Joseph Burden

Sep 9, 2021

Joseph Burden, one of the founding Partners of Belkin Burden Goldman, LLP, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2021 at the age of 71. Joseph was an embodiment of the Firm, which was founded in 1989. His dedication helped build one of the most highly regarded real estate law firms in New York City.

During his professional career he was a go-to lawyer for complicated real estate matters, and became one of the City’s foremost experts on the loft law, as it was created and expanded. He graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1971 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Buffalo in 1974. He was admitted to practice in both New York and Illinois, and was a member of the American Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association.

He grew up in Little Neck, Queens, and was a resident of Long Beach, long time prior resident of Port Washington, and was a member of Lawrence Yacht and Country Club.

Outside of the office, Joseph was an avid competitor, playing golf, pickle ball and squash, among many other sports. He was also an active member of Interfaith Nutrition Network, where he volunteered his time on a weekly basis to assist those challenged by hunger, homelessness, and profound poverty.

Joe was an amazing person, well respected adversary, beloved friend and colleague, and an invaluable counsel to so many that relied on his advice and advocacy. He will be missed unconditionally. The Firm sends its most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his wife June, sisters Elyse and Helene, children Matt and Erica, and their extended family, friends, and coworkers.

In lieu of gifts, the family kindly asks to send donations in his memory to The Interfaith Nutrition Network ( In addition, please feel free to leave a memory for the family at the following address:

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