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Land Use Associate

Business Unit:  Land Use

Title:  Associate

Office:  Los Angeles, CA

Job Req. #:  447


Brief Description:

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is seeking a highly qualified associate with three to five years of solid land use experience to join our growing team.


Our land use group combines law with strategic insight and strong government contacts to help clients obtain entitlements, permits, and approvals. We work with developers, property owners, investors, public agencies and nonprofits to guide complex and sensitive projects through an increasingly intricate regulatory compliance and approval process. 


We are looking for candidates who have a strong interest in and enthusiasm for land use issues and trends, and in helping to shape our communities.  Ideally, candidates will have experience with land use, administrative law, zoning, affordable housing, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Subdivision Map Act, historic preservation laws, and the California Coastal Act. 



  • Three to five years of solid land use experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail; excellent legal research and analytical skills
  • Effective and efficient problem solving capabilities with the ability to work independently and proactively, and to develop creative solutions to meet client and team needs
  • California Bar membership in good standing


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

Fostering diversity, equity and inclusion is one of Manatt’s core value and fundamental to our organizational identity. We believe that a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we live, work and serve enriches Manatt’s culture and enhances our ability to understand our clients’ needs and develop better, more impactful solutions. Manatt’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee drives the firm’s efforts, working with firm leadership, and engaging our legal, consulting and business professionals to create and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.


About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP:

Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP is one of the nation’s preeminent law and consulting firms. We are known for quality, extraordinary commitment to clients, integrated, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive, entrepreneurial, and deeply committed to diversity, public service, involvement in the communities we serve and excellence in all we do.


Over the past decade, Manatt has transformed from a top law firm to a cutting-edge, hybridized consulting and legal professional services firm. We are composed of lawyers, consultants, business advisors and technologists committed to meeting the ever-evolving needs of our clients. Our clients include Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies in industries such as digital and technology; energy, environmental and real estate; entertainment; financial services; and healthcare. For more information on Manatt, visit


Join Us:

If you want to find out what it’s like to work with a team of passionate and driven professionals in an entrepreneurial environment, we strongly encourage you to apply. All candidates must apply through our online application portal. Required application materials include a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (two to three pages from your academic or work experience of which you are the sole author).


Manatt is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.