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Bryan C. LeRoy



Bryan C. LeRoy is a partner in our Real Estate practice group and is based in our Los Angeles office. Bryan represents private and public entities in planning, land use, environmental compliance, energy and infrastructure and other property development matters. Clients seek his counsel on entitlement strategy and the processing of land use permits, securing approvals for zoning and general plan amendments and managing environmental concerns and other project impacts, particularly with regard to requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He regularly represents clients before city and county governments, the state of California and multiple federal agencies.

Bryan previously served as city attorney for a number of cities in southern California, and general counsel to the Orange County Council of Governments, a joint powers agency made up of 29 cities and eight special agencies.

What do you focus on?

Pre-development planning

I help clients evaluate the risks of real estate opportunities prior to property acquisition, which oftentimes involves securing additional approvals from local, state and federal agencies and the negotiation of development agreements to protect the project’s entitlements. This work is vital to a broader due diligence for property acquisition, and includes assessing not just the ability of the new owner to continue using the property and existing buildings, but also evaluates potential for future growth and development opportunities.

Environmental review for development and energy projects

A focus of my practice is the application of CEQA and NEPA and the strategy of environmental compliance. I manage the preparation and agency approval of environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and reports and negative declarations. I often advise on the environmental review for large, complex projects at the state and federal levels, where I assist in controlling litigation by ensuring that these documents properly evaluate potential environmental impacts, assess the adequacy and enforceability of mitigation measures and effectively respond to public and agency comments.

Energy projects

I advise clients in regard to the development and the permitting of regional energy projects involving approvals by local, state and federal agencies, from solar to mineral production. I help navigate the complex permitting process and layers of regulations as well as the administrative appeal procedures for these projects.

What do you see on the horizon?

“NIMBYs” and single-minded environmental activists continue to use complicated local, state and federal regulations to their advantage, with increasing success. Environmental regulatory reform has been stalled for years. Meanwhile, a simple procedural error by a governmental agency may send a development project back to the drawing board, losing considerable time and money. There may be no such thing as a “bullet-proof” project approval, but if you don’t understand the regulations and the cases interpreting those regulations, you are taking a risk.

Publications & Presentations

  • “Hot topics in land use, affordable housing and syndication,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, Los Angeles, January 2017
  • “Lessons Between the Lines in Fed’s Final Guidance for Evaluating Climate Change Impacts in NEPA Documents,” Environmental Leader, August 30, 2016 (co-author)
  • “White House Reboots Draft Guidance on Evaluating Climate Change Impacts,” Environmental Leader, April 30, 2015
  • “Feds Not Likely to Provide NEPA Guidance on Climate Change Any Time Soon,” Environmental Leader, September 25, 2014

People on the Move

Los Angeles Business Journal | October 03, 2016

This news brief highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Nixon Peabody Snags Ex-Manatt Real Estate Partner in LA

Law360 | September 29, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Contact

Bryan C. LeRoy

Partner

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6118


Fax: 844-384-9912

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., History

California

  • Selected as a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005–2006
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Board Member
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