Amy E. Freilich
Amy Freilich is a partner at the law firm of Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP and a highly accomplished real estate and land use lawyer with extensive experience in land acquisition and disposition, California Environmental Quality Act and entitlement of major projects throughout California and the southwestern United States. Amy received her A.B. in Public Policy with honors from The University of Chicago and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and is licensed to practice law in California and New York.
For over 25 years, Amy has served as lead land use and real estate counsel to a variety of private developers and public agencies in complex land transactions, including entitlement of numerous suburban and infill master planned community (residential and mixed-use) and retail, office, sports and entertainment projects. A major subset of this work has been in public-private transactions, including sports facilities, military base reuse, transit-oriented development and redevelopment transactions.
Amy acted as lead outside counsel to the City of Los Angeles in negotiation of real estate documents and entitlements for creation of STAPLES Center (home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, Clippers and Sparks) in downtown Los Angeles, and assisted AEG in negotiation and approval of entitlements and preparation of an EIR, specific plan and signage ordinance for the proposed Farmers Field NFL football stadium. On behalf of AEG, Amy also entitled the StubHub Center (home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA) and related facilities on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA. Other noteworthy Los Angeles area entitlement projects include AEG’s Farmers Field, MTA and Metropolitan Water District headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, AEG’s StubHub Center in Carson, CA, Nabisco Lofts and Toy Factory in downtown Los Angeles, University of Southern California Master Plan, Costco at The Village at Westfield Topanga and other southern California locations.
Military base reuse projects in which Amy has been involved in real estate and entitlement efforts include Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA; the Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, CA (disposition and development of residential and commercial property including for 1,000,000+ square foot lifestyle retail, entertainment and big box retail center and over 800 housing units); facility exchange with the Army Reserve and entitlement of up to 2000 homes and retail and office development at Camp Parks in Dublin, CA; and Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA.
Amy also led many of the public-private negotiations at the first intermodal hub for rail in Los Angeles at Union Station on behalf of both the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Metropolitan Water District. These transactions include development and entitlement of the Gateway Center and Metro and the MWD Headquarters Projects, including major parking development and rail line easements. Other services for Metro included legal review of numerous rail line project EIS/EIR documents, including with respect to the Red Line Subway (Westside, Vermont Station and East Side projects) and the Gold Line.
Subsequently, Amy developed and led the original transit-oriented joint development program for the LA to Pasadena Gold Line Authority, including the sale for future development of four major transit stops along the initial 13-mile rail route (Los Angeles to Pasadena). In that role, Amy led the negotiations for development of over 700 multifamily housing units, retail, restaurant and office uses adjacent to the newly constructed light rail line, including the well-known Del Mar Rail Station joint development project.
Prior to joining Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac, Amy served for five years as Senior Vice President, Land Use Counsel at SunCal Companies, a master developer of mixed-use communities throughout California and the western United States, providing advice and leadership in acquisition and entitlement of master planned communities in the southwest.
Amy has been a frequent public speaker at real estate and land use forums, including the Urban Land Institute, Crocker Real Estate Symposium, UCLA School of Continuing Education, American Bar Association, State and LA County Bar Association, Southwest Legal Foundation and numerous continuing legal education programs. Amy has twice been named one of SoCal’s Most Powerful Real Estate Women by Real Estate SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA magazine (2002 and 2003).