Susan Hori, PPD Distinguished FellowSusan Hori is a partner with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Her practice emphasizes land use and environmental law, including the processing of multi-agency land use entitlements for real estate development projects and the resolution of environmental issues affecting real property. Her work involves counseling clients at the intersection of local, state and federal land use laws and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act, the federal Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, and archaeological and historic preservation issues. Her clients are primarily landowners and developers in the residential, retail, industrial and hotel/resort industries. In addition to her practice, she serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and is the Administrative Partner for Manatt’s Orange County office. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2015, recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010-2015, and was selected as one of  California’s Top 25 “Land Use Leaders” for 2011 and one of California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers in 2014 by the Daily Journal.


Prior to entering private practice she served as an attorney with the Solicitor’s Office in the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., where she represented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. Hori earned her J.D. from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and served as Managing Editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Washington, Seattle. After law school she clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court. She is on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Forum and Arts Orange County, and is a member of the University of California Irvine Chief Executive Roundtable and School of Social Ecology Dean’s Leadership Council.