Masuda-Farkas, Max Taro

Max Taro Masuda-Farkas


Max Masuda-Farkas is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Masuda-Farkas advises clients on a broad range of matters involving environmental and land-use regulations. He has experience assisting with the legal challenges that arise from:

  • Large infrastructure and real estate development projects
  • Environmental and land-use laws such as the California Environmental Quality Act, the Permit Streamlining Act, and numerous local zoning and municipal ordinances
  • Mergers and acquisitions involving significant environmental liabilities
  • Emerging technologies impacting the built environment

Mr. Masuda-Farkas received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was awarded the Frank H. Gelman Prize in real property and real estate transactions. Mr. Masuda-Farkas also earned a Master’s degree in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, studying data science in the context of cities and public policy. While at Penn, Mr. Masuda-Farkas served as an associate editor of The Regulatory Review and wrote several articles commenting on legal and regulatory issues in land use, transportation, and urbanization.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Masuda-Farkas served as an internal consultant for the City of Los Angeles, authoring a white paper advising the city on how it can better optimize its publicly-owned real estate portfolio. In addition, Mr. Masuda-Farkas is the creator and host of Cityspeak, a podcast featuring the visionaries who are designing, building, and reimagining cities as we know them today.

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, 2022
  • MS in Urban Spatial Analytics, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, 2022
  • AB in English & American Literature, Harvard University, 2017
    magna cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese