Spencer I. Eldred


Spencer advises clients on the intersections of land use, the environment and real estate. He has experience representing state and local government entities, non-profit organizations, and private corporations. He represents clients on land use, coastal law, real estate, entitlement, zoning, title, leasing, climate change, conservation easements, Surplus Land Act, government relations, brownfield, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) matters. Spencer also has experience representing both private and public sector clients in public-private transactions, including development agreements, disposition and development agreements, and ground leases.

Spencer prides himself on working with clients to develop innovate solutions to complicated land use and real estate issues, including win-win settlements and creative deal making. These include community benefit agreements, conservation and land dedication deals, mitigation banking projects, highly specialized leasing and licensing regimes, public-private partnerships and joint developments.

Spencer previously worked as a legal fellow at an international environmental advocacy nonprofit on environmental justice and land use issues, including both CEQA and NEPA litigation. He later served as staff counsel for state and local government entities with work related to coastal issues, land use, park space, conservation, climate change and public access. He later worked for an Am Law 100 law firm, where he worked in the Land Use and Real Estate practice areas.

Spencer earned his B.A., cum laude, from Duke University, where he was a University Scholar. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was president of environmental law and animal law student organizations.

Spencer was instrumental in creating LA ROSAH, the Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing Collaborative. LA ROSAH is a public-private coalition dedicated to not only creating more open space and affordable housing, but also brining the two sectors together to work towards better projects with greater public and private benefits. Collaborative members work to improve coordination among parks and affordable housing advocates and agencies to promote successful policies and strategies for preserving and creating more affordable housing and green spaces in L.A.

Spencer remains involved in the local community and has worked on pro bono matters related to open space access, environmental education and environmental equity.