Richard G. Leland has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP teaching the Fundamentals of Real
Estate Law course in the M.S. RED program. He has previously taught Historic
Prservation Law, Land Use and Environmental Law in Real Estate Transactions at the
Hofstra University School of Law and at New York Law School.
Professor Leland is a partner in the New York office of Akerman LLP and has been a
practicing attorney in New York for over 40 years. He concentrates his practice in
Environmental Law and Land Use as a transactional, regulatory and litigation
practitioner. He has represented numerous developers and institutions in
environmental and land use matters, including Columbia University in connection with
the approvals for the Manhattanville Campus now under construction and Cornell Tech
Campus on Roosevelt Island.
Professor Leland received a B.S. from Cornell and a J.D. the Hofstra University School