Daniel F. Freedman is a partner in the firm's Government, Land Use, Environment and Energy practice, where he assists clients on matters relating to real estate development, zoning, land use entitlements, and compliance with complex local, state and federal regulations such as CEQA, NEPA, Coastal Act, federal and state housing laws, and historic designation regulations. Daniel has more than a decade of experience assisting and advising on residential, industrial, commercial and mixed-use developments, as well as projects involving renewable energy, transit, outdoor advertising, mining and waste management. He also represents clients on related civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts, and is an experienced lobbyist on local, state, and federal matters.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Daniel worked as a consultant advising government agencies, energy and infrastructure developers, and environmental organizations on issues relating to environmental policy, government affairs, and political strategy. He also organized and managed regional and statewide advocacy and outreach campaigns on environmental policy and regulatory issues, and advised clients working on complex projects such as large-scale solar energy, natural gas distribution, waste-to-energy, long-haul transmission, wind energy, carbon capture, and water infrastructure. At the federal level, Daniel has worked with national advocacy organizations to brief legislators and congressional staff on emerging energy, environment, and natural resources issues.
In addition to his legal practice, Daniel is a Lecturer for the Department of Urban Studies & Planning at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches a graduate-level course on "Sustainable Development and Environmental Impact Analysis." He is also an appointed member of the Encino Neighborhood Council.
Daniel is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Conservation Resources Studies, and UCLA where he earned his Master's degree in Urban Planning. He then received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California Los Angeles
B.S., University of California Berkeley
Vice Chair, Programs, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2015-2016
- Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018-2021
- Recognized in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch 2022 & 2023