Larry S. Lazarus
Larry S. Lazarus is an attorney and president of the Arizona law firm of Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs, P.C., which specializes in land-use planning, zoning and development, environmental law and land-use infrastructure financing. The firm has offices in Phoenix and Tucson.
Lazarus co-authored the City of Phoenix's first General Plan, which has served as a model for many urban areas throughout the United States. He was also significantly responsible for establishing the Village Concept Plan - the most comprehensive set of land use policies of its kind in the state at that time and even today - promoting the ability of people from diverse backgrounds to live, work and play in our city. He has written and spoken extensively on environmental issues, land-use planning, zoning processes, development and design, citizen involvement in the planning processes and on the governmental regulatory process in those fields.
He is currently involved in numerous civic and community organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute. He is past chairman of the following organizations: Samaritan Health Systems Board of Directors, Phoenix Board of Adjustment, Valley Forward Association, Arizona State University’s College of Architecture Council for Design Excellence, Easter Seals, and the Anti-Defamation League State of Arizona as well as the Southwest Region. He was a founder of the Frank Lloyd Wright Society.
Lazarus has been honored with the Anti-Defamation League’s Jerry J. Wisotsky “Torch of Liberty Award”, and the Anti-Defamation League’s “Leaders of Distinction Award”. He has also been listed as a “Legend of Law” by the Arizona Commercial Executive Magazine, “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers” by Martindale-Hubbell, “The Best Lawyer’s In America”, “Top 1000 People to Know” (AZ Real Estate Magazine), “Top Lawyers” in Arizona (Phoenix Magazine), “Top 100 Influential People” in Arizona (Phoenix Business Journal, 25th Anniversary Edition), “Top Six Zoning Attorneys in Arizona” (Phoenix Business Journal) and as a “Super Lawyer” in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Lazarus received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology and political science from the University of Iowa at Iowa City and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA.