Neil M. Popowitz

Neil M. Popowitz

Managing Partner
Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
800-549-1184
Fax:
310-475-3024
Email:
Neil M. Popowitz is a founding partner of Freilich & Popowitz, and an accomplished, entrepreneurial, results-oriented Attorney/MBA with 26 years of experience working directly with senior management, and a track record as a large company and start-up General Counsel.

Neil is an articulate, persuasive and seasoned advisor to senior business executives and government officials, a strategic and analytical problem solver who focuses on the ‘big’ picture to ascertain strategic business direction, while formulating risk mitigation strategies that protect the client’s finances and assets. Neil’s practice focuses on delivering strategic business and legal counsel; negotiating creative solutions for complex business agreements with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies; and providing leadership in risk management and litigation minimization.

Neil’s complex land use and zoning practice includes developing growth management and green land development codes; drafting oil and gas ordinances to limit and mitigate hydraulic fracturing impacts upon local communities; and representing both government agencies and landowners in 5th Amendment takings claims. Neil is a founding director of Clean Technology Council, whose nonprofit mission is to foster an environment of learning, mentoring, expert support and collaborative resourcing for businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and market clean energy and technology innovations locally and globally.

Areas of Practice

  • Land Use/Zoning/Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Business

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1988
  • University of California at Berkeley
    • B.A. - 1985
    • Major: History
  • University of Southern California
    • M.B.A. - 2004

Published Works

Classes/Seminars

  • Municipal Options for Controlling Fracking: How Local Communities Can Use Planning and Zoning to Mitigate the Consequences of the Fracking Boom, Municipal Sustainability Forum, August 12, 2014
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: How Local Communities Can Use Planning and Zoning to Mitigate the Worst Consequences of the Fracking Boom, , Clean Technology Council, Thousand Oaks, CA, February 12, 2014
  • Fracking in New Mexico, American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law, Fall Meeting, October 25, 2013
  • Revenue Streams for Cities and Counties in Supplying Renewable Solar Energy for Commercial and Residential Markets, Sustainable Cities Exchange, May 14, 2013
  • Oil and Gas Fracking: The Santa Fe County Plan and Ordinance, A Model for Local Governments Throughout the United States, Sustainable Cities Exchange, March 12, 2013
  • Being Green Saves You Green: Why Sustainability is a Conservative Fiscal Issue, Clean Technology Council, Westlake Village, CA, January 9, 2013
  • The Umbrella of Sustainability: Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Renewable Energy & Green Development in the 21st Century, Clean Technology Council, Westlake Village, CA, March 1, 2011
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: The Role of Government in Mitigating the Consequences of the Fracking Boom, UCLA Anderson School of Management Alumni Networking Lunch, July 28, 2015
  • Local Governance Perspectives on Hydraulic Fracturing: Unveiling an Online Resource Assisting Decision-Making by Local Practitioners, New Directions in Environmental Law 2016 - Cascading Change: Innovations, Organizing, and Disruptive Strategies, Yale Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Environmental Law Association, February 26, 2016 - February 27, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of State & Local Government / Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Amicus Brief Committee / Section of State & Local Government
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founding director of the nonprofit "Clean Technology Council"

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity