Alfred Fraijo Jr. is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group in the firm’s San Francisco and Los Angeles office. He is Team Leader of the firm’s Latin America Practice Group, a global initiative to provide specialized legal representation to Hispanic/Latino-owned companies and companies focused on the U.S. Latino market. Mr. Fraijo grows his expertise on cutting edge real estate transactions for public, private and nonprofit developers and multi-national corporations in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Fraijo has significant experience in obtaining and negotiating land use entitlements for complex housing and mixed use development projects throughout California, including advising clients with innovative, urban renewal projects in the inner-city and other sectors with emerging markets.
His expertise extends to complex project permitting and financing of affordable housing projects and mixed income housing developments. His real estate and land use expertise extends to master planning projects, green energy facilities development and permitting campuses for educational institutions and universities.
Mr. Fraijo advises public and private sector clients on state and federal land use and environmental laws, including the Subdivision Map Act, California Community Redevelopment Law (including associated dissolution legislation and successor statutes), California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, CERCLA, RCRA, California Superfund Law and the Polanco Redevelopment Act.
Mr. Fraijo also has significant experience in working closely with clients and consultants on due diligence review of land use issues, which includes local zoning ordinances, general plans, redevelopment agency plans, and related land use restrictions.
Mr. Fraijo’s recent representative matters include:
- Lease real estate counsel for California university client in connection with the strategic expansion of its life sciences campus, including leasing, financing and master development agreement negotiations.
- Represented national client in the land planning, permitting and environmental review for the construction of over 200 affordable housing units in San Francisco, including replacement housing.
- Negotiated land use permits and property transfers for the development of 230-unit transit oriented residential project inclusive of a parking structure, public plaza and affordable housing units financed with federal, state and local funding sources.
- Negotiated conservation easements and property transfer agreements on behalf of a multi-national renewable-energy company in California.
- Completed entitlements and negotiated redevelopment agency financing for a transit-oriented development project, including 269 condominiums, 40,000 square feet of retail and 185 space City-owned transit parking structure.
- Negotiated the sale of a 21-acre industrial site, including securing environmental indemnification and insurance for seller.
- Represented developers and purchasers of contaminated properties in negotiations with governmental agencies in order to obtain Prospective Purchaser Agreements, Comfort Letters and No Further Action Letters for protection from environmental liability.
Mr. Fraijo has served on numerous real estate associations and organizations focused on urban renewal issues and civic empowerment. Mr. Fraijo is the founder and Chairman of the Los Angeles Urban Renewal Network, Inc., a multi-disciplinary collaborative of young professionals engaged in policy and sustainable development to improve the quality of housing in Southern California.
He serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Hollywood Freeway Central Park, Inc. Mr. Fraijo also advises several non-profit housing development corporations, including as Board member of California Community Builders, Inc. and Chairman of the East LA Community Corporation. Mr. Fraijo is a Founding Board member of Honor PAC and For People of Color, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing diversity in the legal profession.
Mr. Fraijo continues to speak for professional associations and continuing education symposia and has published articles on emerging trends in state and federal land use and environmental law as well as on environmental justice issues. Mr. Fraijo is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Bar Association, the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association.
Mr. Fraijo received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2002, where he was a full tuition scholarship recipient and member of the nationally ranked National Hispanic Moot Court Team from 2001 to 2002. In 1999, he graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received a B.A. in Government. Prior to Loyola and Harvard, Mr. Fraijo participated in an accelerated engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and traveled as a student ambassador to Japan and South Korea.
- J.D., Loyola Law School, 2002
- B.A., Harvard University, 1999, cum laude
- District of Columbia
- Executive Board Member of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
- Chairman and founder of the Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), Inc.
- President and Founding Board Member of the Friends of the Hollywood Freeway Central Park
- Board member of Equal Justice Society
- Founding Board member for Honor PAC and For People of Color, Inc.
- Mexican American Bar Association
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