Susan Hori, Esq.

Partner, Land Use
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Susan Hori is a land use partner in the Orange County office of Manatt Phelps & Phillips, and also serves as the office’s Administrative Partner. Her practice focuses on obtaining land use development entitlements for landowners and developers, including local land use approvals, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, and state and federal regulatory agency permits for real estate development projects. The hallmark of Susan’s practice is her track record of success in navigating the complex process of multiagency permits and approvals. Her clients include landowners, financial institutions, developers and builders in the residential, retail, hotel/resort, and commercial and industrial development industries.

Susan has represented clients on issues involving CEQA, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Coastal Act, Section 404 permitting under the Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act compliance and Endangered Species Act permitting, including work on habitat conservation plans.

She formerly chaired the firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group, and served on the firm’s Board of Directors. She is the immediate past District Council Chair of the Urban Land Institute Orange County/Inland Empire, and currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee. She is very active in the Orange County community as a Board member of Arts Orange County, the OC Forum, and Chair of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Dean’s Advisory Board.

Susan has been repeatedly recognized as a “distinguished land use practitioner” by Chambers and Partners. Susan has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2005, and has been named a Top 25 “Land Use Leader” by the Daily Journal.