Lucinda Starrett

  • Partner
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
  • T +1.213.891.7905


Lucinda Starrett is a partner in the Environment, Land & Resources Department, based in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. She currently co-leads the firm’s Los Angeles Women Enriching Business initiative. Ms. Starrett is the former Co-Chair of Latham's Global Project Siting & Approvals Practice.

Ms. Starrett's practice includes approval for real estate development and infrastructure projects, advising on government contract issues, as well as related environmental and transactional matters.

Ms. Starrett’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) practice focuses on administrative and pre-litigation counseling. Ms. Starrett is registered as a lobbyist with the City and County of Los Angeles and with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She has been active with the Central City Association and co-chairs its Land Use and Housing committee. She recently served on LA County’s Stormwater Advisory Committee.

Deeply committed to supporting charities, Ms. Starrett serves on the board of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and co-chaired its 2018 benefit concert featuring John Legend. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and serves on its Executive Committee. Ms. Starrett co-chaired fundraising for the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Orthopedic Institute for Children and serves on its Board. She also serves on the board of Abode Community Housing and is a pro bono land use advisor for Abode projects.

Ms. Starrett has been a leader on CEQA reform initiatives as well as housing incentive policies.


Obtaining approvals for major projects throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, Ms. Starrett has led strategies for successful infrastructure projects as well as approvals of transportation, sports, and entertainment facilities. These include new facilities for media production in Hollywood, new and historic residential projects, innovative retail, dining and entertainment, and forward-looking educational facilities including for LMU, USC, Pepperdine, and the Archer School for Girls. She has made key contributions to the renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles and serves on the Board of the Central City Association.

Representative projects include:

  • Los Angeles Football Club’s new soccer stadium in Los Angeles
  • The proposed Aerial Tram Gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium
  • Approval of the Pacific Pipeline from the Port of LA to Bakersfield, including agreements with the City of Los Angeles and other jurisdictions
  • Conservation easements, agreements with Caltrans and related real estate and other stakeholder agreements for the Hearst Ranch in San Luis Obispo
  • Representing the Related Companies on the Grand Avenue Project in Los Angeles
  • 670 Mesquit project in Arts District and its proposed LA River Walk
  • Sunset Gower Studios master plan for Hudson Pacific
  • Westfield, including the Century City Shopping Center, the Village at Topanga, and Promenade 2035
  • 10000 Santa Monica and Palladium Residences, Hollywood, for Crescent Heights
  • Providence Tarzana Medical Center replacement hospital
  • Digital signage for Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Pepperdine University’s development including infrastructure issues for water, transportation, and facilities such as a new Athletic Center and School of Public Policy
  • Approval of USC’s Galen Center basketball arena
  • Staples Center and AEG’s surrounding Sports and Entertainment District

Thought Leadership

  • CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development — Full Report -  May 17, 2019
  • CEQA Case Report Year in Review 2017: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development -  June 13, 2018
  • California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public -  March 16, 2017
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Supreme Court Upholds City of San Jose Inclusionary Housing Set-Aside Ordinance  -  June 15, 2015
  • California Development: Proposed Amendments to CEQA Guidelines Significantly Change Transportation Analyses -  August 14, 2014
  • The Public Servant - Koontz Decision Extends Property Owners’ Constitutional Protections -  October 01, 2013
  • Koontz Decision Extends Property Owners’ Constitutional Protections -  July 17, 2013
  • Proposition E Update: Technology Companies Leading Development Wave in San Francisco's Mid-Market  -  June 27, 2013
  • California Supreme Court Eliminates Redevelopment Agencies -  January 24, 2012
  • Recent Legislative Changes Affecting Pending and Future Projects Under CEQA -  October 13, 2010

“Cindy Starrett is a prominent player in the real estate space and is considered a ‘talented lawyer.’ She has extensive experience of advising clients on entitlement and land use matters in relation to transport, leisure and office development projects.”

Chambers USA 2020
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1984
  • BA, Princeton University, 1979
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Real Estate