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 one of the leading land use, zoning and planning firms 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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1/13/2014 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 spoke 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. 2/12/2014 Thousand Oaks, CA - Neil Popowitz will be speaking at the non-profit Clean Technology Council (CTC), on the the topic of "Hydraulic Fracking: How Communities Can Avoid the Worst Consequences of the Oil and Gas Fracking Boom." You may RSVP by clicking here.
1/21/2014 - The Fall 2013 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, "How Local Governments Can Resolve Koontz's Prohibitions on Ad Hoc Land Use Restriction." The U.S. Supreme Court's recent pronouncements in the highly contested five to four decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District essentially prohibits ad hoc, non-legislative conditioning of applications for development approval that do not meet the "nexus" and "rough proportionality" tests of Nollan and Dolan regardless of (1) whether by monetary exaction or dedication of land; (2) whether the application is approved with such conditions or denied for failure to agree to such conditions; or (3) for infrastructure or mitigation of environmental harm. This article addresses how local governments may move forward in a post-Koontz world while maintaining flexibility in planning and development.The full article is available here or by clicking on the cover photo to the left. Order your subscription to The Urban Lawyer here. 8/14-8/16/2013 San Francisco, CA - Dr. Freilich spoke at the American Law Institute's annual conference entitled "Land Use Institute: Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation." In addition to giving the Annual Richard F. Babcock Faculty Keynote Address on "Slaying the Dragon: How would Richard Babcock Critique the Complexity of Current American Land Use Law and Planning," Bob was a panelist on the subjects of Climate Change at the Local Level, Easement and Exactions, and Hydraulic Fracturing. 10/24-10/27/2013 Santa Fe, NM - Neil Popowitz was a panelist at the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law Fall Meeting, speaking on the subject of how local authorities in New Mexico are using zoning and planning to regulate for the cumulative impacts of hydraulic fracturing oil and gas drilling on their communities, controlling sprawl; protecting natural and cultural resources, water quantity and quality; avoiding traffic congestions, ensuring adequate police, fire and emergency response; providing for fiscal balance and responsiblity; while maintaining consistency with federal and state legislation.