The entire team at the Center for Economic Development Law has experience working on public-sector legal issues and on projects involving close coordination between the private and public sectors. The members of the firm value their relationships with clients and demonstrate a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards, enjoying the opportunity to assist clients on projects for Oklahoma communities.
Emily K. Pomeroy
Emily K. Pomeroy is president of the firm and serves as development counsel to cities and other public entities across the state of Oklahoma, assisting them in the strategic, procedural, and financing aspects of their redevelopment endeavors. Her transactional practice focuses on the adoption and implementation of public-private redevelopment projects. Her litigation practice consists of representing public entities with the power of eminent domain in land acquisition for urban renewal projects and defending clients when issues arise from redevelopment projects.
As legal counsel to the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, Emily assisted in the real estate transactions and financing authorizations for the development of the Devon Energy World Headquarters, including the establishment of a tax increment financing district, which funded the Project 180 infrastructure improvements in downtown Oklahoma City. Emily led the effort to establish the Midwest City Urban Renewal Authority and served as legal counsel to the City of Midwest City in their efforts to redevelop and revitalize the City’s original downtown area. Emily also served as development counsel to the City of Norman for Norman’s development of Norman University North Park, a project that includes a large retail center, public park, and property dedicated to attracting companies creating quality employment opportunities.
Emily joined the firm in 2003 after receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She serves as a board member for the Plaza District Association, Historical Preservation, Inc., and Wilson Arts, Inc., and is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Urban Land Institute, and Phi Beta Kappa of Oklahoma City, for which she formerly served as President of the Board. Emily was born in Oklahoma City and attended Casady School. She and her husband live in a historic neighborhood near downtown with their twins.
Lisa M. Harden
Lisa M. Harden is a partner in the firm as a real estate and business transaction attorney who has extensive experience in a broad range of business, real estate, commercial, and development transactions. Lisa provides legal services and representation to public and private entities in all aspects of real estate, construction, and development projects, as well as in organizational, operational, contractual, and strategic matters.
Lisa works with local municipalities, instrumentalities, and public trusts in economic development projects. Representative clients include the Wheeler District, LLC, Cumberland Drive, LLC, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, the Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority, the City of The Village, the City of Edmond, the Edmond Economic Development Authority, the City of Lawton, the Lawton Economic Development Authority, the City of Stillwater, the Stillwater Economic Development Authority, and the City of Midwest City.
Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 2012, Lisa spent 7 years of her career as General Counsel to the owner and developer of Gaillardia, a local 600-acre master planned community of golf, residential, and commercial activity, where she provided legal advice and representation on all business, development, organizational, operational, contractual, financial, and employment matters. Before 2005, Lisa was an associate at Phillips McFall firm where her transactional work included representation of clients in all phases of commercial real estate and business transactions.
Lisa earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, and her degree of Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma. Lisa is a member of the American Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, and Urban Land Institute Oklahoma. She has served for many years as a volunteer on the Board of Admissions for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, has been a volunteer for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, and has previously served on the Board of Trustees for Ballet Oklahoma.
Jeff Sabin is a partner in the firm and advises clients on zoning and land use, community development program compliance, municipal law, and general real estate and economic development issues. He works with public and private sector clients to guide projects through community and governmental approval processes, and assists clients in assessing the impacts of redevelopment projects and proposals.
Jeff has significant experience interpreting municipal land use regulations and guiding clients through community development planning efforts. Relevant experience includes the drafting and adoption of numerous development-related ordinances, including general land use codes and focused overlay and form-based zoning districts. Recent projects include helping the City of Oklahoma City meet new statutory requirements for assessing the economic impacts of its recent amendments to the Downtown/MAPS Economic Development Project Plan and adoption of the Core to Shore Economic Development Project Plan. Jeff also serves as the Assistant City Attorney for The City of The Village.
Prior to joining the firm as a law clerk in 2012, Jeff worked as a city planner in the Austin, Texas metropolitan area. Jeff received his Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. While in law school, Jeff was a Dean’s Scholar, received the Excellence in Real Property Law Award from the Oklahoma City Real Property Lawyers Association, and the Technical Editing Award from the Oklahoma City University Law Review. Jeff is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association, the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Urban Land Institute.
Dan Batchelor brings fifty years of experience to the creation of legal and financial strategies that enable communities to execute development projects, especially those involving both the private and public sectors.
As general counsel of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority from 1966 to 2022 and now as Special Counsel for the Innovation District, Dan has provided legal guidance for more than $5 billion in the development and expansion of downtown Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Health Center. He has been instrumental in the development of OU Research Park and the Innovation District.
His expertise has enabled him to assist communities throughout Oklahoma in creating financing strategies for economic development projects of all types and sizes. Dan was a primary architect of the tax increment financing provisions of Oklahoma's 1992 Local Development Act. Representative projects include serving as development counsel for the Oklahoma City Downtown/MAPS Economic Development Project, the Oklahoma Health Center Economic Development Project, the Durant-Cardinal Economic Development Project, and the Guymon-Seaboard Economic Development Project. Earlier, he worked on redevelopment projects for the central business districts of Green Bay and Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
His education and related credits include: a BS degree with honors, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1958; University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1961; President of the American Law Student Association (designated Outstanding Officer for the years 1959-61); Board of Editors, Oklahoma Law Review; Order of the Coif; Outstanding Graduating Law Student of 1961; named Law Graduate of the Year 1961 by the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity; and member of Oklahoma's national moot court team which won first place in the region and second place in the nation in both 1959 and 1960. Dan currently serves as a director of FNB Financial Services, Inc., the holding company for First Texoma National Bank in Durant and north Texas.
Zach Christ is a senior legal assistant at the firm. Zach’s responsibilities include agenda coordination and preparation for the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, the Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority, and The Village City Council and Planning Commission. Zach provides administrative support to the attorneys through schedule coordination, assisting with document preparation and review, and organizing and maintaining case files, attorney notebooks, databases, spreadsheets, and other materials. Zach handles information technology needs by ensuring the firm’s systems are running smoothly and providing help-desk support. He also manages the reception desk.
Prior to joining the firm, Zach worked as an Administrative Coordinator for the Oklahoma City Planning Department. In that role, he provided administrative support to the Planning Director and Assistant Director. He also served as staff to the City’s Arts Commission. Before working for the City, Zach managed an upscale Italian restaurant, Trattoria il Centro, in the historic Montgomery building in downtown Oklahoma City and was a sales manager for Aunt Pittypat’s Catering. Zach received his legal assistant certificate from University of Oklahoma Law Center and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Olivia Gutierrez is the Business Manager for the firm. Olivia handles client billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other financial and human resources activities for the firm, as well as scheduling for attorneys and various design-oriented tasks for clients.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University. She lives in Oklahoma City and loves spending time with family, Gus, her Goldendoodle, and staying active with friends around the city.