Richard G. Leland

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Special Professor of Law

B.S., Cornell University
J.D., Hofstra University


Richard G. Leland is a partner in the national firm, Akerman LLP. Mr. Leland Joined Akerman in 2015 from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He has been a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra Law since 1991.

Mr. Leland has over 40 years of experience as an environmental lawyer and litigator, specializing in the environmental aspects of real estate development and land use. He works with a variety of clients, including real estate developers, non-profit organizations, and public authorities in environmental impact review for real estate developments and ensuing litigation. He has also represented developers, municipalities and public authorities in a variety of zoning matters and litigation arising from zoning determinations in suburban counties in the New York metropolitan area. He counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental matters, including regulatory and transactional counseling, "Brownfields" litigation and environmental impact review matters.

He is chair of the Environmental Committee, as well as a member of the Transportation Committee, of the Real Estate Board of New York, Inc. and a member of the Environmental Law sections of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Leland received his J.D., with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review, and his B.S. from Cornell University. From 1976-79 he served as Law Secretary to the Honorable Douglas F. Young, Supreme Court of Nassau County.