- J.D., Southwestern Law School, 2013, magna cum laude; Staff Writer, Southwestern University Law Review; Trial Advocacy Honors Program
- B.S., University of Southern California, 2006
Rick Rodriguez is an associate in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Rodriguez’s practice focuses on land use planning, real estate finance and general real estate matters. Mr. Rodriguez advises developers and property owners regarding the application of general plans, specific plans, local zoning and municipal code provisions in jurisdictions throughout California. He assists clients in obtaining and negotiating development entitlements and regulatory approvals for a wide range of projects in California.
Mr. Rodriguez also represents clients in real estate transactions including purchase and sale agreements, option agreements, leases, easements and public-private partnerships. Mr. Rodriguez has worked on a variety of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects throughout Los Angeles and California.
- Represented school district in the disposition of surplus property.
- Represented University in negotiating a ground lease with a third party for the development of a soccer training facility on the University’s campus.
- Represented public utility in connection with the disposition of surplus properties.
- Represented developer in creating a sign district in Los Angeles.
- Represented a college in connection with obtaining entitlements for a new master plan.
- Represented developer in obtaining entitlements for a 500,000 square-foot retail center in Camarillo, California.
- Represented a health care company in obtaining entitlements for it corporate headquarters expansion.
- Represented nonprofit organization in license negotiations with a school district.
- Represented developer in the negotiation of a public-private partnership to build a 300,000 square foot regional shopping center on a former brownfield site and advised developer regarding entitlements for the project.
- Represented property owner in permitting of digital signage on a historic theatre in Hollywood.
- Represented restaurant in obtaining entitlements for a new restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.
- Conducted land use due diligence in connection with a mixed-use project in Hollywood.
- Represented business owner in negotiations with a joint powers authority related to the purchase and sale of property under the threat of condemnation.
- Conducted land use due diligence for proposed projects on public and private properties in multiple jurisdictions in California.
- Advised developer regarding the historical designation of a property and possible redevelopment strategies.
- Advised property owner on disposition strategies for a site in Northern California.
“Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using AB 2” California Real Property Journal, Vol. 34. No. 1 2016
Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts
- "Are You Sure You Want to Challenge that Permit Condition?" July 20, 2017
- "State Lands Commission Land Exchanges Not Exempt from CEQA Review Absent a Title or Boundary Dispute; Actual Notice Doesn’t Satisfy CEQA Notice Requirements Under Public Resources Code Section 21177(e)," September 22, 2015
- Board member, Pershing Square Renew
- Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Foundation
- Urban Land Institute
- Mexican American Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Estate Land Use Sections
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Sheppard Mullin Latin American Team
- Former Member, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, Planning and Land Use Committee
- USC Latino Alumni Association