Freilich & Popowitz LLP is a boutique, AV-rated, law firm located in Los Angeles, California, with a national practice in government and developer side land use, zoning, takings and planning; and delivering strategic business and legal counsel to senior executives in the areas of corporate, intellectual property, employment, real estate and business law.
We are the leading land use, zoning and planning firm in the nation, with Dr. Freilich representing over 250 cities, counties and major developers from San Diego to New York, Seattle to Miami, in developing local and regional plans and regulations that control sprawl, prioritize new urbanist transit and traditional neighborhood development, create mixed-use infill, promote sustainability and green development, control oil & gas drilling, finance renewable energy and infrastructure and link transportation and land use to reduce global warming and preserve agricultural, rural and environmentally sensitive lands.
With over 70 years of cumulative experience, we provide high quality legal and planning services to a wide range of clients, from state and local government entities to foreign and domestic corporations.
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1/14/2013 Los Angeles, CA - The Spring semester is starting and Professor Freilich is teaching the Land Use class at the USC Gould School of Law.
1/24/2013 Denver, CO - Dr. Freilich is speaking at the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's (RMLUI) annual Carver Colloquium at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Carver Colloquium features two leading legal or planning scholars from the land use, environmental and natural resources law fields. The Colloquium presents divergent or alternative viewpoints on cutting-edge issues in these fields in a point-counterpoint format. Bob will be debating the issue of "Local Regulation of Oil & Gas Production," specifically the challenges facing municipalities regarding oil and gas drilling and production in their communities. Dr. Freilich is a member of the RMLUI National Advisory Board. 10/3/2011 Washington, DC - The United States Supreme Court denied the Petition for Certiorari by plaintiffs in the matter of Alto Eldorado Partnership, et al. v. The County of Santa Fe. The Supreme Court's denial of certiorari is available here. The Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled in favor of Freilich & Popowitz client Santa Fe County. The briefs were prepared by Dr. Freilich and Mr. Popowitz and the oral argument was made by Dr. Robert Freilich. A copy of the opinion is available here. 1/9/2013 Los Angeles, CA - Neil Popowitz will be moderating a panel for the non-profit Clean Technology Council (CTC), on the the topic of "Being Green Saves You Green: Why Sustainability is a Conservative Fiscal Issue." Contrary to common belief, green buildings don’t cost any more to build than traditional buildings, cost 40% less on average to operate, capture higher rental premiums and have increased resale value. Going "green" simply makes good business sense. You may RSVP by clicking here. 8/9-8/10/2012 Chicago, IL - Dr. Freilich will be speaking at the American Law Institute's annual conference entitled "Land Use Institute: Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation" next month. Bob will be on panels pertaining to Updates on Planning, Land Use and Eminent Domain Decisions; on Affordable Housing, on local ordinances pertaining to Oil & Gas and Fracking, and on Financing Sustainable Solar Energy. 12/21/2012 - The Summer 2012 issue of The Urban Lawyer, the American Bar Association's national journal on land use, includes Bob Freilich's and Neil Popowitz's new article, "Oil and Gas Fracking: State and Federal Regulation Does Not Preempt Needed Local Government Regulation - Examining the Santa Fe Oil and Gas Plan and Ordinance as a Model." The recent boom in oil and natural gas drilling resulting from the technological advance of fracking has overwhelmed many small communities. The need for local zoning to address the impact fees and adequate public facilities dedications is critical to maintaining health, welfare, and the quality of life. The article details how local communities can protect themselves from the worst consequences of oil and gas drilling without running afoul of federal and state preemption. The full article is available here or by clicking on the cover photo to the left. Order your subscription to The Urban Lawyer here.