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).

Representative projects include:

  • Staples Center (home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings and Clippers) in downtown Los Angeles
  • Macerich Los Angeles Premium Outlet Center (566,000 sf shopping center destination) at I-405 in City of Carson developed on former landfill site
  • Chelsea Investments/Weingart Center Association (600+ unit affordable and permanent supportive housing development DTLA
  • Dignity Health Sport Park (former StubHub Center) (home to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy) and related facilities on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA
  • Los Angeles to Pasadena Gold Line Authority in development of four major transit stops including over 700 multifamily housing units, retail, restaurant and office uses adjacent to the light rail line
  • The Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, CA (representing the City of Tustin in its role as master developer and in disposition of property and development of a 1,000,000+ square foot lifestyle entertainment and big box retail center, a neighborhood “village” retail center, office complex and various single and multi-family home projects
  • Entitlement and acquisition of Bickford Ranch, Placer County, CA; Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, Oak Knoll, CA; Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA; Copper Canyon, Sparks, NV, and Ritter Ranch in Palmdale, CA.
  • Negotiation of facility exchange with the Army Reserve at Camp Parks in Dublin, CA
  • Acquisition, entitlement and construction of headquarters and multi-modal facility for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Water District at Union Station, DTLA
  • Entitlement, master planning and water and solar development planning for Westland, a 57,000 acre master planned community in Albuquerque, NM.