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Richard G. Leland

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New York, NY 10103

With a focus on land use, environmental law and litigation, Rick Leland represents real estate developers, universities, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and industrial companies on the environmental aspects of real estate transactions, development, and land use.

Rick’s work has been central in gaining approvals for – or defending lawsuits against – multiple billion dollar developments. He works with clients nationwide on a range of matters, including environmental impact review, regulatory and transactional counseling, as well as counseling operators and lenders in litigation arising under the Federal "Superfund" Law.

Rick also serves as counsel to developers, outdoor advertising companies, municipalities, and public authorities in zoning matters and litigation arising from zoning and environmental determinations in New York City and suburban counties in the New York metropolitan area.
Representative Experience
Roosevelt Island Development: Represented Cornell University as environmental counsel in the development of its $2 billion, two million-square-foot New York City tech campus.
Atlantic Yards Development: Represented Forest City Ratner in winning dismissal of significant lawsuits against its $4 billion Atlantic Yards Development in Brooklyn.
The New York Public Library: Represented The New York Public Library as environmental and litigation counsel for its proposed renovation of the historical Steven A. Schwarzman building and the successful defense of two lawsuits seeking to stop the project.
Delta Airlines, Inc.: Represents Delta Airlines as environmental counsel for the redevelopment of its terminal and associated air side facilities at LaGuardia Airport.
Trinity Real Estate: Represented client in connection with a 17-acre rezoning in New York City.
Residential: Represented the Durst Organization and TF Cornerstone in the environmental reviews of rezoning and special permits for apartment buildings on West 57th Street.
SL Green Realty Corp.: Represented client in an environmental review for 1 Vanderbilt, a 1.8 million square-foot office development near Grand Central Station.
Signage Zoning: Represented outdoor advertising companies in appeals from zoning determinations regulating signage in New York City.
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2018, Listed in New York for Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental
Chambers USA 2008-2017, Ranked in New York for Environment
The Legal 500, 2014, 2016, Recommended for Real Estate & Construction - Real Estate
Super Lawyers Magazine 2015-2016, Listed in New York for Environmental
Professional Memberships & Activities
Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., Environmental Committee, Chairman
American Bar Association, Environmental Law and Local Government Sections, Member
New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Member
Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., Transportation Committee, Member
American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources "SEER," Member
Related Professional Experience
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Adjunct Professor
Hofstra University School of Law, Special Professor of Environmental Law

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Richard G. Leland

Real Estate
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1974; with distinction, Hosftra Law Review
B.S., Cornell University, 1971
Bar Admissions
New York
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