Boston University School of Law

March 7, 2008

Lawrence Gottesdiener 
Lawrence Gottesdiener 
Robert Gatof 
Robert Gatof 
Steven Rosenthal 
Steven Rosenthal 

Lawrence Gottesdiener ('84), Robert Gatof ('85) and Steven Rosenthal ('76) head Northland Investment Corporation

A successful national real estate investment firm trusts three BU Law alumni with the fate of its enterprise.  Chairman of the Board Lawrence Gottesdiener ('84) , President Robert Gatof ('85) and Chief Executive Officer Steven Rosenthal ('76) head Northland Investment Corporation. 

From its beginning in the 1970s, Northland has evolved from a start-up residential owner and operator to a company that boasts a $1.5 billion portfolio comprised of 15 million square feet of space. Today, “Northland is a privately held, fully integrated real estate investment firm which specializes in the acquisition, development, operation and long-term ownership of commercial, retail, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use and hospitality properties,” according to Northland's Web site. The firm owes at least some of this success to its leaders. 

Chairman Gottesdiener spearheads the contrarian market and valued-added investment strategy of the company, where he has worked since 1991.  He was previously the director of acquisitions at MB Associates, a national real estate company based in Boston, and before that he was an attorney at Dewey Ballantine in New York.  At BU Law he was editor of the Law Review and a G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar.

President Gatof is primarily responsible for overseeing Northland’s condominium conversion business and implementing specific strategic initiatives.  Prior to working at Northland, Gatof was a senior vice president at Meridian Merchant Bank, a New York-based investment bank where he was responsible for asset management of bank owned operating companies. He has also worked as an attorney at Shereff, Friedman, Hoffman & Goodman in New York.  He graduated from BU Law cum laude.

CEO Rosenthal oversees the strategic direction of the firm and its investments. Before joining the team at Northland, he was a co-managing partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C., where he worked for 21 years in the Business and Finance Section in its Boston offices.  There he focused on general corporate and business representation, business planning, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and corporate and real estate finance.

Reported by Elizabeth Ress