Jeffrey P. LeJava

  • Professor


B.S., College of the Holy Cross
J.D., Pace University School of Law

Jeff LeJava is Associate Counsel for the Open Space Institute where his work focuses on the preservation of natural and historic landscapes to provide public enjoyment, conserve habitat and working lands, and sustain communities. In his capacity as counsel, he also advises OSI on non-profit governance.

Prior to joining OSI in 2015, Jeff held a variety of legal positions in academia, government and private practice. Most recently, he served as a Senior Staff Attorney at Pace Law School’s Land Use Law Center where he conducted research and published on a variety of land use topics, including local food production, transit-oriented development, and the interplay between land use and climate change. Before Pace, he was Administrator of the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program for the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection & Planning Council, a state land use agency that manages the protection and development of an 860,000-acre region of northern New Jersey. Jeff began his legal career practicing environmental law with White & Case LLP and then Latham & Watkins LLP.

Jeff is qualified to practice before the New York and New Jersey bars. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Pace Law School in 1998 along with a Certificate in Environmental Law, and his B.A., cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross.

At Pace, Jeff teaches Environmental Dispute Resolution. He has also previously taught Land Use Law.


Jeffrey P. LeJava, Esq.
Associate Counsel
Open Space Institute
1350 Broadway, 201
New York, NY 10018
212-356-4299 Direct