Mr. Neuman is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Neuman is considered to be one of the preeminent land-use, environmental and government law attorneys in Los Angeles as evidenced by his 2009 recognition as the leading lawyer and 1st tier placement for California (Southern) Land Use & Zoning practice for Legal 500. In 2006, he was also selected as the Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has experience in governmental, land use, real estate, environmental, administrative, and public finance law.
The services Jerry provides range from managing the entire entitlement process, including overseeing technical consultants and presiding as primary negotiator with governmental agencies, to reviewing previously negotiated entitlement documentation with a view towards identifying problem areas which may affect the timing of the project's development. He has provided these services to a number of the nation's largest developers and corporations.
Jerry also has extensive experience in all aspects of compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He works closely with consultants, clients and lead agencies to ensure adequacy of their EIRs, negative declarations, addendums, exemptions, and more, and defending the resulting CEQA document against challenge by project opponents. Jerry has successfully represented clients in obtaining federal and state permits from, among other agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the California Department of Fish & Game (CDFG), the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).
Jerry is and has been the lead negotiator and project coordinator for many of Southern California's most important real estate, green energy, infrastructure, and governmental procurement projects, including the Millennium Partners', Capitol Records proposed 1.2 million square foot development, the multi-module retail/entertainment center at Hollywood and Highland, the Walt Disney Company's Grand Central Terminal Corporate Campus, the 110 acre Burbank Empire Center, the Airbus A380 airport readiness program, Element Powers efforts to create the world's largest combined solar and wind facility, and the multi-modal transit facility at Del Mar Station. As part of his "value-add" approach, Mr. Neuman recognizes the need to find ways of both expediting the process and obtaining governmental assistance to enhance projects; as such, he has been a key player in negotiating incentive packages with government agencies who are seeking to increase their business community and related work force.
Jerry is currently appointed to the State of California's Economic Strategy Panel in which he currently holds the longest standing seat and was selected by Mayor Villaraigosa to the Mixed-Income Housing Technical Advisory Committee for the City of Los Angeles and he is also a founding director of Mission Valley Bank and is on the Executive Boards of many of Los Angeles' most important Civic and Charitable Organizations.
Mr. Neuman is a frequent speaker on real estate and development topics.
· Top Real Estate Attorneys, Daily Journal, 2012
· Who's Who in Real Estate, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2011, 2013
· Legal 500, 2010, 2011, 2013
· Member of the Year, LA Chamber of Commerce
· Chair, Board of Trustees, Southern California Institute of Architecture
· Chair, Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness (joint venture between Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way)
· Member, State of California Economic Strategy Panel and Chair of its infrastructure committee
· Member, Urban Land Institute's Mixed-Use Development Council
· Executive Board Member, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
· Executive Board Member, Central City Association
· Founding Board Member, Mission Valley Bank
· Secretary, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation
· Board Member, Friends of Hollywood Central Park
· Member, Board of Trustees, Curtis School
· Sheppard Mullin Continues to Grow its Real Estate Practice, California Real Estate Journal, November 23, 2009
· Presenter, "Evolution of Downtown LA," 3rd Annual Evolution of Downtown, June 25, 2013
· Moderator, "Don't Kill the Messenger: Understanding and Overcoming Major Project Coordination Interdisciplinary Challenges," American Planning Association California Chapter Conference, November 2010
· Speaker, "Utilization of Landscape Infrastructure as a Business Development Tool," ULI Los Angeles Chapter, October 2010
· Speaker, "Intersection of Government and Real Estate," ULI Mixed-Use Development Council session at ULI Fall Meeting, October 2010
· Speaker, "The Utilization of National and State Environmental Assessment For the Benefit of Major Real Estate Projects," American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), April 2010
· LA Redevelopment Roundtable Series, September 7, 2011, How to Navigate the Shark-Infested Waters of Redevelopment in California