Paloma Perez-McEvoy is an attorney in the West Coast Land Use and Environmental Group in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office. Ms. Perez-McEvoy brings more than 15 years of government relations, public policy, and planning and land use experience to the firm.

Ms. Perez-McEvoy has been involved in a number of complex land-use projects throughout the Southern California region, including a 22,000-person, open-air sports stadium, a 1.6 million-square-foot, mixed-use campus in downtown Los Angeles and major hotel projects in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Ms. Perez-McEvoy also has experience working on projects involving designated and eligible historical landmarks, representing clients on the adaptive reuse laws and ensuring compliance with the standards set by the secretary of U.S. Department of the Interior.

In addition, Ms. Perez-McEvoy represents clients in judicial proceedings concerning state and federal environmental laws, including the defense of project approvals under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and challenges to agency actions.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Perez-McEvoy served as the director of planning and economic development for Los Angeles' City Council District 9, encompassing portions of the downtown and south Los Angeles areas . In that role, she assisted with the approvals of more than $4 billion in private investment, including the negotiation of development agreements, implementing ordinances and facilitating assistance with governmental agencies.

Ms. Perez-McEvoy also has extensive experience working in advocacy and government relations at the state level. Prior to her tenure at the Los Angeles City Council, Ms. Perez-McEvoy worked in the California state legislature as a legislative aide for a number of elected officials and later represented an array of interests in matters related to energy and small business inclusion, and issues related to the civil justice system in the legislative and regulatory arenas.


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section, 2019-Present
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Los Angeles Land Use and Zoning Law, Environmental Law Ones to Watch, 2022, 2023
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020


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