Robert H. Freilich
Robert H. Freilich, Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, is one of the nation's leading experts in real estate and land use law, is at the forefront of sustainable growth management planning, new urbanism, regional transportation, renewable energy and green development systems. A highly respected litigator, Dr. Freilich has tried and argued more than 160 cases throughout the country, including several before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1972 Dr. Freilich won the New York Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court case establishing the constitutionality of growth management in the U.S. and has developed and implemented growth management, land use, transportation and sustainability plans and systems for over 200 cities, counties, metropolitan areas, regions and states from Hawaii to the Florida Keys. He has also specialized in obtaining government approval of complex development projects for both the public and private sectors, including the South Miami Beach Art Deco District in Florida; Battery Park City in New York; Mall of America in Minneapolis–St. Paul; Centennial Master Planned Community in Los Angeles County; Rancho San Juan 2,600 acre master plan community in Monterey County, California; and the redevelopment and base realignments of the Alameda Naval Air Station in San Francisco Bay and the El Toro Marine Air Station in Irvine, California. He has been counsel in over 100 federal and state land use appellate cases nationwide.
During his distinguished career, Dr. Freilich has represented the public and private sector and has developed and implemented land use plans and systems for over 250 cities, counties and states from San Diego to Boston and Seattle/Tacoma to Miami/Dade County.
Dr. Freilich has recently developed major regional transportation regulations and plans for Monterey County, CA; Ada County (Boise), ID; Santa Fe County, NM; Miami/Dade County, FL and the Puget Sound Region (Seattle to Tacoma), WA. He has developed systems for monetization of solar, wind turbine and rainwater capture.
He has appeared as an expert witness in over 50 cases nationwide and was appointed Special Master by the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Missouri in U.S. v. Conservation Chemical Co., the most complex superfund case in the nation.
Dr. Freilich is the National Editor of The Urban Lawyer, the national quarterly journal on state and local government of the American Bar Association; Past Director of the Annual Planning and Zoning Institute of the American Center for National and International Law; Past Chair of the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association; serves on the Advisory Board of the Land Use and Environmental Law Review; and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Urban Land Institute.
Dr. Freilich is the author of the leading texts on sustainable and green development. He recently completed The 21st Century Land Development Code (APA, 2008), which is being adopted across the nation; is co-author of the leading casebook in the field: Cases and Materials on Land Use (West, 6th Ed. 2012); and From Sprawl to Sustainability: Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Green Development, and Renewable Energy (ABA, 2010). He has authored more than 100 articles and spoken to hundreds of conferences nationwide.
Areas of Practice
- Land Use/Zoning/Planning
- Real Estate
- 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
- LL.B. - 1957
- Columbia Law School, New York, New York
- J.S.D. - 1975
- Columbia Law School, New York, New York
- LL.M. - 1969
- University of Chicago
- B.A. - 1954
- Columbia University
- M.I.A. - 1958
- Appointed Special Master, U.S. v. Conservation Chemical Co. (U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri)
- University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, Professor of Law Emeritus
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Institute of Certified Planners, Member
- Urban Land Institute, Member
- Land Use and Environmental Law Review, Advisory Board
- American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division, Past Chair
- Annual Planning and Zoning Institute of the American Center for National and International Law, Past Director
- The Urban Lawyer, American Bar Association, National Editor