Jerold B. (“Jerry”) Neuman is a Partner in Liner’s Land Use, Development & Government Advocacy Group and tops the short list of sought-after land use, environmental, and government advocacy lawyers for real estate projects and transactions in California. He also represents individuals and companies looking to obtain local government licenses, permits, rights or contracts. Respected for obtaining governmental approvals and public participation, when needed, for many of the largest development projects in the state of California as well as securing government rights and contracts for large and small companies, Jerry has extensive experience in complex regulatory and legislative issues.
Jerry is and has been the lead negotiator and project coordinator for many of Southern California’s most important real estate, green energy, infrastructure, and governmental procurement projects, including the Millennium Partners’ Capitol Records proposed 1.2-million-square-foot development, the multi-modal retail/entertainment center at Hollywood and Highland, the Walt Disney Company’s Grand Central Terminal Corporate Campus, the 110-acre Burbank Empire Center, the Airbus A380 airport readiness program, Element Power's efforts to create the world’s largest combined solar and wind facility, and the multi-modal transit facility at the Del Mar Station.
Jerry’s experience includes obtaining environmental clearances pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additionally, he has substantial experience in coordinating teams of professionals including architects, engineers, environmental scientists, community relations and communication consultants, and media relations specialists. Jerry also works regularly with elected officials, organized labor, and community and business leaders in connection with many of these projects and issues.
Jerry’s success is due in large part to his civic and community engagement through which he has created a network of corporate, community and political relationships that allow him to activate a variety of resources for his clients’ benefit. Whether connecting to the State’s infrastructure or a community leader who is mindful of development within the client’s area, Jerry’s ability to understand the important relationships between community, business, and politics provides him with the unique ability to provide and promote solutions where others fail. A creative and strategic thinker, Jerry’s role often moves beyond mere legal counsel to that of strategic advisor in almost any matter within which he works.
By virtue of these skills, Jerry has been asked to be among a select few to serve as advisor on the development of communities throughout California. Among those communities is Fresno, where he was approached by the Governor of California and the Mayor of Fresno to serve on the Fresno General Plan Implementation & Infill Development Task Force. The Task Force works in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and with technical assistance support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative. In Los Angeles, Jerry has worked on the Mixed-Income Housing Technical Advisory Committee, which has allowed him to provide his great local knowledge to issues at the direction of the Mayor. Beyond his civic engagement, Jerry is also a founding director of Mission Valley Bank and is on the Executive Boards of many of Los Angeles' most important commercial and charitable organizations.
Ultimately, Jerry’s demonstrated commitment to both civic and business enterprises within the community has allowed him to become a major influence on many of Los Angeles’ most important endeavors.