Neil S. Hyytinen

Neil Hyytinen practices in the areas of land use, planning and entitlements, including environmental and municipal law.

Mr. Hyytinen’s focus and accomplishments include:

  • Representing a large publicly-traded REIT in land use due diligence and multiple entitlement efforts, including obtaining and amending master development permits for life science and biotech tenants
  • Negotiating a favorable settlement of outstanding code and permitting issues involving a large resort community in the County of San Diego, while preserving and maximizing future development rights
  • Representing institutional and nonprofit clients on planning, zoning and entitlement matters
  • Negotiating and preparing conservation easements for habitat and biological mitigation for residential, industrial and institutional developments
  • Representing a variety of interests on development matters in downtown San Diego, including processing code amendments to establish an industrial buffer/transition zone preserving an important base sector industry
  • Negotiated a favorable use interpretation to allow a family-owned trust to lease its building in the Little Italy area of San Diego to a broader array of tenants
  • Representing commercial, industrial and residential developers in navigating CEQA and Airport Land Use Planning constraints

Mr. Hyytinen is active in several professional associations including:

  • The Real Property and Environmental Law sections of the California State Bar
  • The Real Estate and Land Use sections of the San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure, Housing and Land Use Committee
  • City of San Diego Code Monitoring Team
  • Delegate of the Regional Chamber of Commerce on the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Technical Advisory Group
  • Urban Land Institute
  • LEAD San Diego (2004 graduate)

Professional Associations

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP
2002 - present

Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP

City of San Diego, Councilmember Christine Kehoe
Chief Policy Aide, 1993-1998
PS&NS Committee Consultant, 1995-­1996

City of San Diego, Councilmember John Hartley
Chief of Staff, 1993
Council Representative, 1992

Bar Admissions

California, 2001


University of San Diego School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude
Order of the Coif, 2001

University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1997


Included in San Diego Metro Magazine’s Best Attorneys in San Diego, 2016