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Roy Brewer


Roy Brewer has been one of the leading land use attorneys in the Sacramento area for approval of complex multi-use projects, including those on brownfield properties, since 1984.

In a segment of the law that tends to be rife with conflict, Roy is a calm and competent adviser. As a lifelong rugby player, he is also ready to engage and aggressively negotiate when necessary. He has served as legal counsel, project manager and advocate for many controversial, high-visibility projects, and has successfully negotiated approvals with regulatory agencies in more than 40 jurisdictions in three states. Roy is well known for helping his clients manage their multi-disciplinary consultant teams, and is proactive in deflecting conflict and gaining consensus both from public officials and stakeholders.

Over the last four decades, Roy has served as a respected resource to elected and appointed officials at the local, state and federal levels on public policy issues including land use, flood control, water resources and local government reorganization. His community-based servant leadership through volunteer service on boards and commissions demonstrates broad civic engagement and results in trusted relationships with regional opinion leaders. Roy’s perennial engagement in political advocacy at every level makes his endorsement a valued asset for public officials.

Roy is a Senior Fellow of the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and has served in leadership capacities with the American Leadership Forum, Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, KVIE and the Sacramento Valley Rugby Foundation.


  • Successfully negotiated the Aerojet Special Planning Area zoning ordinance, creating a land use protocol for a 12,500 acre Superfund site
  • Land use counsel and project manager for 28 property owners and applicants in the Florin Vineyard Community Plan area in Sacramento County
  • Land use counsel and local project manager in the 1990s for the largest urban infill project in the country, the downtown Sacramento Railyards redevelopment project
  • Land use counsel for ski resort projects at Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain
  • Due diligence counsel for a financial institution in the United Kingdom related to a large mixed use land development project in California



  • Honored with a Reading into the Congressional Record, May 12, 2022 by Hon. Doris O. Matsui (California Representative District 6)
  • Honored with a funded scholarship in his name by the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation benefitting the Leadership Sacramento and Capitol-to-Capitol programs. April 2022.
  • Best of the Bar, Sacramento Business Journal, 2013
  • Sacramentan of the Year, 1991
  • Regional Pride Award, Community Development, Sacramento Magazine, 1991
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Air Force Association, 1991
  • Best & Brightest, Sacramento Magazine, 1985



  • Land use approvals
  • Management of multidisciplinary project consultant teams
  • Development agreements
  • Brownfield development
  • Due diligence for financial institutions
  • Negotiations with regulatory agencies
  • Strategic advice and counsel creating approval strategies
  • CEQA


Personal Interests/Achievements

  • Summited Mount Whitney (14,508′) by way of the Mountaineer’s Route, 2010
  • Summited White Mountain (14,252′), 2012
  • 2nd degree Black Belt, Kenpo karate
  • Solo bicycle tour and camping of 11 countries in Europe, March – July 1978
  • Certified scuba diver, 1973, re-certified in 2015, with dives in Grand Cayman Island, Belize, Cabo San Lucas, Maui, Australia, Florida Keys and fresh water caves in north central Florida
  • Rugby, 1970–present, with tours to England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico City and Grand Cayman Island.

Leadership & Speaking Engagements

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Idaho Business Review panel, “Opportunity Zones,” Boise, May, 2019



  • Chair, KVIE – PBS for Northern California, 2021 – Present
  • Chair, MetroPAC, 2015–2016
  • Chair, American Leadership Forum, 2010–2011
  • Chair, Capital Campaign, Los Rios Community College District ($16M), 2005–2010
  • Chair [President at the time], Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 1990
  • Chair, Cap-to-Cap Program, 2005
  • Chair, Co-Chair, Leadership Sacramento, 2000–2003
  • Chair, Co-Chair, Flood Protection Team, Capitol-to-Capitol Program, 1995–2004
  • President, American River Natural History Association (ARNHA)
  • President, Northern California Rugby Football Union (NCRFU), 1985–1988



  • KVIE, 2016–present
  • Metro PAC (Political Action Committee), 1990–1996, 2003–2009, 2011–2018
  • American Leadership Forum, 2006–2013
  • American River Community College Foundation, 2011–2013
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 1985–1991, 2007–2008, 2015–2016
  • Sacramento Valley Rugby Foundation (SVRF), 2005–present
  • Sacramento Symphony


Public Service

  • Chair, Measure S Campaign (City-County Consolidation), 1990
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Charter Commission, 1988–1990
  • Chair, Local Government Reorganization Commission, 1987
  • Alternate Public Member, LAFCo, 1992–1994



  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum


Brewer Lofgren LLP
Partner & Co-Founder
May 2006 – Present

The Brewer Law Firm
June 2001 – May 2006

Hunter Richey Di Benedetto & Brewer, LLP
Partner, Managing Partner
June 1994 – June 2001

Hunter McCray Richey & Brewer
September 1989 – June 1994

The Law Offices of Roy E. Brewer
September 1984 – September 1989

Raymond Vail & Associates
Director of Land Planning
January 1980 – September 1984

Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Manager, Metropolitan Affairs
December 1978 – January 1980

North Central Florida Regional Planning Commission
April 1973 – March 1978



Pepperdine University, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Caruso School of Law
Master of Laws (LLM) in Dispute Resolution

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Juris Doctor
Activities and Societies: National Moot Court Honors Board

University of Florida
Master of Arts, Political Science
Activities and Societies: Pi Sigma Alpha

University of Florida
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Activities and Societies: Outstanding Leadership Award, one of two such awards presented at graduation by the Alumni Association, 1971; Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary; Phi Gamma Delta; Track and Field; Rugby