LOS ANGELES (March 13, 2019) – Holland & Knight announced today that Ryan M. Leaderman has joined its Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environmental Practice Group. Mr. Leaderman focuses on obtaining and negotiating land use entitlements for complex land use planning and mixed-use developments and securing project approvals for all types of major developments in Southern California. He also represents clients in all aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including CEQA litigation. Most recently, he was a partner at DLA Piper in Los Angeles.
Mr. Leaderman has extensive experience in guiding high-profile residential, commercial and mixed-use development projects through the approval process. His experience encompasses all types of land use permits, such as variances and conditional use permits and general plan and zoning amendments, and he interacts regularly with governmental agencies at all levels. In addition, Mr. Leaderman assists developers in complying with CEQA and planning and zoning regulations throughout California, most notably for mixed-use projects in the downtown Los Angeles area.
"Ryan is a highly regarded land use practitioner with vast knowledge of Los Angeles and the surrounding area," said Jennifer Hernandez, the leader of Holland & Knight's West Coast Land Use and Environmental Practice Group. "His depth of experience, especially with respect to CEQA, will be a great asset to our clients in Southern California."
"Holland & Knight is the top firm in land use and environmental law in California," said Mr. Leaderman. "Jennifer and her team have a well-earned reputation for their outstanding work throughout the state, and I look forward to helping them continue to grow the practice on the West Coast, particularly in Los Angeles."
Mr. Leaderman received J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Holland & Knight has extensive knowledge in all aspects of land use and environment law, from zoning and entitlements to acquisitions and project development, as well as compliance assessments and environmental impact reports. The firm's attorneys and professionals have experience addressing issues related to water quality, due diligence, entitlements, brownfields, wetlands, endangered species, historical preservation, health and safety, hazardous materials, biotechnology, insurance and litigation.