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Our Principles

Help communities and developers grow responsibly.

Our Mission

Provide the highest quality land use legal services throughout the State of Arizona and have fun while doing it.

Our History

Established in 2012, Lazarus & Silvyn P.C. offers clients more than 40 years of combined land use law, land planning, and commercial real estate transaction and financing experience to help them successfully navigate real estate opportunities throughout the State of Arizona.

Our Values

Integrity — We deliver services efficiently, transparently and with the right teams to reduce fees, frustrations and delays.

Community — We build and maintain excellent relationships with Arizona’s land planning officials, professionals, political leaders and community stakeholders.

Agility — We are uniquely qualified to successfully manage simple to highly complex cases due to the firm’s size, expertise and deep roots in Arizona.

Innovation — We are vocal advocates for forward-thinking, responsible and sustainable community growth.

Results — We help our clients define and set realistic and achievable goals, and win 90 percent of the cases we represent.

Fun — We enjoy the work we do and sharing our enthusiasm with clients and their staff and partners every day.

 

What Our Clients Say

  • Cinemark faced an uphill battle in Tucson to secure approval for a 100 foot architectural tower carrying brand information.

    Cinemark faced an uphill battle in Tucson to secure approval for a 100 foot architectural tower carrying brand information.

    Our friends at Lazarus & Silvyn gave us good advice, walked with us through the process and won the approval.

    Don Harton
    Vice President Design and Construction
    Cinemark
  • Larsen Baker has learned that engaging Lazarus & Silvyn (LS) before we start the entitlement process ensures the best outcome.

    Larsen Baker has learned that engaging Lazarus & Silvyn (LS) before we start the entitlement process ensures the best outcome.

    At times, when we proceed ahead without LS, Keri and her team can be “The Fixers” too. Keri and her team achieve these results because of their professionalism, reputation and legal knowledge. But it’s more than that.

    Keri and Rory are genuinely liked and respected by city employees, elected officials and even neighborhood associations because they respect the system and they keep their word. That makes the team at LS the pre-eminent zoning and entitlement law firm in Tucson.

    George Larsen
    Owner
    Larsen Baker, LLC
  • I had the pleasure of working with Keri for the first time during our development of The Yard at Grant Road Lumber and the experience was great..

    I had the pleasure of working with Keri for the first time during our development of The Yard at Grant Road Lumber and the experience was great..

    Keri helped navigate us through the intricacies of the City of Tucson’s zoning and development codes and ultimately, helped us develop a great project.  I’m looking forward to working with Keri again in the future.

    Brian Frakes
    President
    Common Bond Development Group
  • The Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is proud to be represented by Lazarus & Silvyn.

    The Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is proud to be represented by Lazarus & Silvyn.

    Their services have exceeded expectations time and again and we’ve felt it was always money well spent.

    Jeff Timan
    Owner
    Hacienda del Sol
  • The first call you need to make when working in the City of Tucson is obvious.

    The first call you need to make when working in the City of Tucson is obvious.

    That’s to Keri and the team at Lazarus & Silvyn. To say they understood the zoning process and players in this market is an understatement. We haven’t found their equivalent and would strongly recommend the team at LS.

    Josh Vasbinder
    West Coast Partner
    West Coast Partners and Dinerstein Companies
  • Keri is intelligent, tenacious and comprehensive with her work.

    Keri is intelligent, tenacious and comprehensive with her work.

    We have appreciated her impact on our community and our Bourn Companies projects.

    Don Bourn
    President
    Bourn Companies
  • Even the most experienced of developers can benefit from the knowledge that LS brings to the zoning process.

    Even the most experienced of developers can benefit from the knowledge that LS brings to the zoning process.

    They are acutely aware of codes, process and relevant work that can be used as a benchmark for a client’s development to make sure it stands the test of time.

    Steve Eiss
    Sr. Project Executive, Development & Construction
    University Medicine Division, Banner Health
  • Lazarus & Silvyn saved us millions of dollars.

    Lazarus & Silvyn saved us millions of dollars.

    We appreciate the ‘all in‘ approach by our friends at Lazarus & Silvyn. Their strategic and legal counsel enabled us to successfully secure two important zoning variances and modifications for First Place-Phoenix, saving us millions of dollars and enabling us to advance our development plan, nearly 20 years in the making!

    Denise D. Resnik
    Founder, President & CEO
    First Place AZ
  • Seven reasons I chose Lazarus & Silvyn.

    Why I chose to work with Larry Lazarus and his team at Lazarus & Silvyn:

    1. Honest. You always feel comfortable in the fact that you are being told the truth.
    2. Amazing experience. I doubt there is a more experienced zoning attorney in town.
    3. Connections. Great connections with everybody in town plus a great image of his work, himself and his team.
    4. Strong team. The team is very supportive and knowledgeable.
    5. Extremely friendly and easy to work with.
    6. Proven results over and over.
    7. Best zoning attorney in town.
    Alvaro Sande
  • Creative, knowledgeable and even keeled.

    Creative, knowledgeable and even keeled.

    Our team worked with Larry in a re-zoning effort in the Camelback East district of Phoenix. Our specific property was a difficult area to re-zone given the built-up nature of the immediate neighbors, but we succeeded.

    Larry is a pleasure to work with. He is creative, knowledgeable and even keeled. He works well with the local communities, professionals and government officials to achieve results. We would work with Larry again and recommend his services to others who seek talented legal land services.

    Michael Hsiung
    Managing Member
    Phoenix Rising Investments, LLC
  • Perseverance and thoroughness.

    I employed Larry Lazarus of Lazarus & Silvyn to rezone a property at 59th Avenue and Baseline Road last year. He did an admirable job with a difficult situation. His perseverance and thoroughness with the process, the many meetings and personal follow‐up with the Stakeholders resulted in a positive outcome. He was very well organized and lead the entire process conscientiously. His many contacts and more so the respect they had for him was extremely helpful. I can’t thank him enough.

    Walter G. Chomichuk
    President
    Jaguar Premium Homes, LLP
  • Lazarus & Silvyn executed unique and complex elements.

    Larry Lazarus and his firm provided services to the ownership of the Pointe South Mountain Resort. I was the Director of Hotel Investments for the ownership entity. 

    We successfully executed the development of a number of unique and complex elements at and around the Resort. These included the 48th road re-routing, golf course changes and interior site projects. 

    Our success was, in good part, due to Larry and his associates’ expert advice and work efforts.

    David C. Bland
    Previous Director of Hotel Investments
    Mutual of New York Real Estate Company (MONY Real Estate)
  • Larry has deep knowledge of our community and working with the City of Phoenix.

    Larry has deep knowledge of our community and working with the City of Phoenix.

    Native American Connections really enjoys working with Lazarus & Silvyn and particularly with Larry Lazarus who represented Native American Connections (NAC) in transactions with the City of Phoenix Planning Department at Devine Legacy. During the development of Devine Legacy, Mr. Lazarus negotiated a parking waiver and setback variance. These items were critical as NAC transitioned what was a commercial retail center to multifamily housing.

    His deep knowledge of the neighborhood, the village planning committees, the Community and working with the City of Phoenix made a significant difference in time, effort and cost with a positive result.

    Dede Devine
    Native American Connections
  • Larry stands out as a premier zoning attorney in Arizona.

    Larry stands out as a premier zoning attorney in Arizona.

    I’ve known Larry for a few decades and have had the pleasure of working on several projects with him over the years. I’ve always been impressed with his depth and breadth of knowledge in the practice of zoning and land development. His ability to understand and work through complex technical and political issues is unmatched. His ethical standards and respect for others, whether proponents or opponents of his clients’ projects, is admirable. Larry stands out as a premier zoning attorney in Arizona.

    Michael R. Davis
    Founder, CEO and Director of Design
    AIA
  • An invaluable asset to our team.

    An invaluable asset to our team.

    It gives me immense pleasure to write this testimonial to thank the entire team over at Lazarus & Silvyn, P.C.  Larry and Marci have been an invaluable asset to our team and proved time and time again why they are leaders in their professional field.

    If not for their candor, integrity, and stellar reputation, the challenges that were presented would’ve been extremely difficulty to overcome.  Larry and staff were instrumental on the approval of our project.  From the community outreach to important municipality hearings, Larry and staff demonstrated why they are the best in the business.

    Thank you again for your continued support and we will certainly be contacting Larry for any future development needs.

    Kyle B. Freeman
    Managing Partner and the Freeman Family
    Emerald Bay Senior Living
  • More than exceeded our expectations.

    We hired Larry Lazarus to provide legal land use services for the Arizona Biltmore Golf Courses, which at the time was owned by Kabuto Arizona Properties, LLC.  The proposed project for the subject property was extremely complex, and involved numerous adjacent parcels owned by various highly influential parties.

    Larry devised a very creative strategy that entailed numerous litigations, filing for a referendum, mounting a political lobbying campaign, and lengthy negotiations. Larry more than exceeded our expectations for the project, which allowed us to achieve the highest sales price per square foot for residential land at the time.  We have not hesitated to recommend Larry’s services to our associates.

    Sean W. Francis
    Kabuto Arizona Properties
  • A "go to" firm.

    A "go to" firm.

    There is always a “go to” person in everyone’s contact list.  Someone who either knows who to contact or how to look around a corner to solve a problem or get something done.  Larry Lazarus is a “go to” person in my contacts.  I’ve known Larry for longer than I want to admit and have worked with him on business deals and community projects.  He always delivers and does what he says he’s going to do.  Working with him and his firm enables you to always put a check mark by their responsibility on the to do list.

    Tim Sprague
    Manager/Owner
    Habitat Metro, LLC
  • Lazarus & Silvyn are able to work effectively with the opposition.

    I had the opportunity to work with Larry Lazarus for 12 years while I was on the Phoenix City Council. Larry took on some of the most complicated and controversial zoning cases in the City of Phoenix at that time. I attribute his success to his sincere ability to work with the opposition and treat them with dignity and respect.

    Dave Siebert
    Former City Councilman
    City of Phoenix District 1
  • Strong connections to the community.

    Strong connections to the community.

    Mr. Lazarus and his team managed a rezoning and variance case for our multi-family residential project in downtown Phoenix.  The project was the first of its kind in the area and the neighborhood was actively engaged in the community process and gaining and keeping their support was essential for project success. Mr. Lazarus’ and his team handled the case professionally and confidently and the project was approved with both community and City support. Mr. Lazarus’ strong connections to the community and his excellent reputation with City officials and staff make working with him and his team at Lazarus & Silvyn, P.C. a pleasure. I highly recommend them for all entitlement work.

    Shawn Goetzinger
    Partner/Director of Construction
    FormThird
  • A "difference maker".

    I worked with zoning attorney, Larry Lazarus in a variety of capacities. As a zoning attorney, Larry is a well-known and respected leader in this area of expertise and always conducts himself with integrity and professionalism. One of the ways that Larry stands out from his peers is his community involvement where Larry stands as a leader with many community organizations such as PCA-Phoenix Community Alliance and Banner Health, as well as many others.  He is a “difference maker” in the Phoenix community where he conducts his business practice.

    Michael Lieb
  • We value their sound legal advice.

    We value their sound legal advice.

    Hines engaged Lazarus & Silvyn for representation on a variety of land use and entitlement issues. Larry Lazarus and his team are very knowledgeable, practical, and provide common sense solutions for complex issues that arise during the entitlement process. We enjoy our long-standing relationship with Larry’s team and value their sound legal advice.

    Chris Anderson
    Managing Director/Regional Partner
    Hines Interests, LP