Richard G. Leland is a partner with the New York firm, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Mr. Leland joined Fried Frank in 2007 from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he was chair of the Environmental Department. He has been a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School since 1991.
Mr. Leland has over 30 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 a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Environmental Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Environmental Law Section for the New York State Bar Association and the Chairman of the Environmental Committee and a Member of the Zoning and Transportation Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York, Inc.
Mr. Leland received his JD, with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review, and his BS from Cornell University. From 1976-79 he served as Law Secretary to the Honorable Douglas F. Young, Supreme Court of Nassau County.