Ryan Leaderman is a Los Angeles environmental attorney who focuses his practice on obtaining and negotiating land use entitlements for complex land use planning and mixed-use developments. Mr. Leaderman also handles securing project approvals for all types of major developments in Southern California.
Mr. Leaderman represents clients in all aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including CEQA litigation. He has extensive experience in guiding high-profile residential, commercial, mixed-use and medical/hospital development projects through the approval process. Mr. Leaderman's experience encompasses all types of land use permits, such as variances and conditional use permits, as well as general plan and zoning amendments. He also interacts regularly with governmental agencies at all levels. Mr. Leaderman assists developers in complying with CEQA, and planning and zoning regulations throughout California, with an particular emphasis on mixed-used projects in the downtown Los Angeles area.
Mr. Leaderman has successfully navigated projects to completion by balancing community concerns with the rights and needs of clients. Mr. Leaderman is well-versed in assisting with any variances, general plan amendments, zone changes, conditional use permits, subdivision maps and other entitlements or permits necessary to move a project forward. He advises clients with regard to any exaction or dedication requirements that governments may impose.
In addition, Mr. Leaderman provides counsel to help protect the viability of projects that may face potential defeat via initiatives and referenda, so-called ballot-box zoning. He has years of experience in negotiating with community groups and local government entities to achieve constructive outcomes.
Mr. Leaderman has a wealth of knowledge with the CEQA process, including requiring the preparation of environmental impact reports (EIRs) or mitigated negative declarations (MNDs) detailing the expected impacts of a project on the environment, and project opponents often litigate under CEQA to halt development. He has reviewed and supervised the preparation of many EIRs and possesses extensive experience in CEQA compliance and provides counsel with regard to the air quality, noise and traffic issues that may confront clients and their projects. In addition, Mr. Leaderman handles water rights and supply issues, analyzes water rights issues and water supply sufficiency in order to aid clients in the project development.
In addition, Mr. Leaderman deploys his wealth of land use knowledge to conduct numerous complicated land use due diligence analyses.
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