Peter J. Gutierrez is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on real estate, land use and development, as well as other regulatory matters.
Mr. Gutierrez represents a diverse group of development clients including renewable energy, residential, commercial, pipeline and redevelopment projects. His 13 years of local government experience at both LA County and LA City provide valuable insights and knowledge of the “nuts and bolts” of doing business in these two important jurisdictions as well as developing strategic considerations for clients with an understanding of the government perspective. Mr. Gutierrez is a registered lobbyist with both LA City and LA County as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Mr. Gutierrez’ recent projects include entitlements for a 230-megawatt solar power project in the Antelope Valley, adaptive reuse of a historic theater in East Los Angles and a major shopping center redevelopment project in South LA.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Gutierrez served in the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney as the Supervising Attorney of the Real Estate and Economic Development Practice Group. In this role, Mr. Gutierrez supervised 60-attorneys in four divisions which handed a wide range of economic and real estate development matters including land use, environmental, redevelopment and public finance. Mr. Gutierrez also previously served as a Principal Deputy County Counsel for the County of Los Angeles, where he advised the Board of Supervisors and Regional Planning Department in all aspects of land use entitlements and land use litigation, including use permits, subdivisions, CEQA and zoning enforcement. In this post, he was also the primary advisor to the County’s Regional Planning Commission.
Mr. Gutierrez is active in business community organizations including the Central City Association and Los Angeles Business Council serving on the LABC Solar Working Group developing a Solar Feed in Tariff policy for LA City. Mr. Gutierrez is also a member of LA County’s Development Advisory Group and serves on the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.