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Kyndra Joy Casper

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Real Estate

Position

Partner

Career

Kyndra Joy Casper's practice emphasizes land use and environmental matters, including project management, obtaining development entitlements, land use due diligence, administrative proceedings and litigation.

She is extensively experienced in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Among her recent work is her lead role in the massive US$1 billion Crossroads of the World project in Hollywood, which included obtaining certification of the project from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research as an Environmental Leadership Development Project, one of only seven in the entire state; the Primestor shopping center project at Mission Hills; the Lowe Enterprises mixed-use Ivy Station project in Culver City and Los Angeles; and The Vineyards at Porter Ranch, a Shapell Properties lifestyle center and multifamily project.

Kyndra's value to her clients arises from her insight into the public process through the lens of her clients' commercial goals. She assists land owners and developers through all stages of the entitlement and development process, providing counsel on local planning and zoning regulations and related environmental matters as well as counseling on community outreach and media strategies. She also advises on land use and environmental regulations, including the California Subdivision Map Act, state CEQA streamlining laws and density bonus laws. Kyndra also has experience in writ of mandate proceedings and real estate and environmental litigation.

Education

J.D., Southwestern University School of Law; B.A., University of Southern California


United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

‘Best in class from strategy to legal analysis’, DLA Piper LLP (US) is instructed by real estate developers, investors, technology companies and professional sports teams. In northern Virginia, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Antonio Calabrese from Cooley LLP; he provides ongoing advice to Macerich on the development of Tysons Corner Metro Station, and is also advising Mitre on a 1 million square foot expansion of its campus. In Chicago, chair of the land use, development and government relations practice Theodore Novak, along with Paul Shadle (‘very responsive and helpful in complex real estate matters’), and Mariah DiGrino advised Farpoint Development on multiple land use, zoning and development matters, including GRIT, a vacant 90-acre site owned by the City of Chicago awaiting the development of a high-end mixed-use project, as well as the rehabilitation and renovation of the historic Uptown Theatre, to be re-opened as a 5,800-capacity entertainment venue. Moreover, Novak, DiGrino and Richard Klawiter, vice-chair of the real estate practice, advised 601W Companies on the $500m renovation and rehabilitation of the 2.5 million square foot Old Main Chicago Post Office. Names to note in Los Angeles include Jerold Neuman, Kyndra Joy Casper, and senior associate Andrew Brady, and John Rattigan acts as managing partner of the Boston office.

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