Amy Freilich is a land use and real estate attorney who has spent over 30 years obtaining entitlements throughout California for major residential, industrial, retail, sports, entertainment and transit-oriented projects and leading complex public-private development negotiations for private developers and public agencies. Amy’s extensive record of public-private partnership work includes serving as lead counsel to public and private sector entities in a variety of complex military base, sports arena and stadium, transit-oriented development and redevelopment transactions and providing strategic advice and negotiation of complex development, construction, ground lease and management agreements for development of residential, retail, arena and office projects.
Amy also has significant experience in land use, zoning and subdivision matters. Her work in this field includes entitlement of numerous suburban and infill master planned residential and mixed-use communities and other residential, retail, office, industrial and entertainment projects throughout Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley, the Bay Area, and the greater Sacramento region as well as annexation, CEQA compliance, negotiation of development agreements, subdivision agreements, preparation of Specific Plans and zoning, subdivision and land use permitting.
Amy has also been involved in many land acquisition and disposition transactions and in development of major infrastructure projects, including rail transit, in the Los Angeles region.
Amy received her A.B. in Public Policy with honors from The University of Chicago and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. Amy is licensed to practice law in California and New York.
Prior to joining Hepner & Myers LLP, Amy was a Partner at Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP and prior to that she served for five years as Senior Vice President, Land Use Counsel at SunCal Companies, a master developer of mixed-use communities throughout California and the western United States.
Amy has been a frequent public speaker at real estate and land use forums, including Urban Land Institute, Crocker Real Estate Symposium, UCLA School of Continuing Education, American Bar Association, State and LA County Bar Association, Southwest Legal Foundation. Amy has twice been named one of SoCal's Most Powerful Real Estate Women by Real Estate SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA magazine. Amy has been identified as a Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell and a Top Rated Lawyer for Land Use and Zoning by The Recorder. Amy is a member of Lambda Alpha Los Angeles (honorary land economics society) and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).
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