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Akerman LLP

Real Estate

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What the team is known for

A well-established practice within the Illinois real estate market that houses a team with deep knowledge of city and state zoning and land use laws. Recognized for securing approvals for high-profile developments in the city of Chicago and representing clients in front of planning boards.

Work highlights

Represented Lake Shore East in the zoning and planning matters related to the $1.2 billion development of three residential and mixed-use towers.

Notable practitioners

Jack George is recognized for his deep knowledge of city and state zoning and land use laws. He represents private sector clients in acquiring real estate entitlements as well as public works development.
"He is completely honest and is trusted by all sides."

Meg George is a highly regarded zoning and permitting attorney with experience in commercial and industrial real estate. Her clientele includes major property developers.

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Overview

Akerman represents clients developing properties throughout Illinois—helping developers and institutions obtain zoning relief and entitlements so they can turn their projects into reality. Akerman has a strong track record of successfully handling some of the most complex, high-profile projects in the Chicago metropolitan area. The team's work has—literally—shaped the Chicago skyline. Using a comprehensive approach that balances the interests of their clients, the community, and governmental agencies, they assist in the development of commercial, mixed-use, residential, institutional, and industrial projects. The team provides counsel throughout the entire entitlement process—from site evaluation and selection to project approval and opening.      

Service Offerings:

  • Acquisitions and assemblages of real property
  • Land use entitlements
  • Development incentives
  • Zoning and concurrency matters, including zoning map amendments
  • Planned development applications and amendments
  • Condemnation matters
  • Building licenses and permits
  • Land use litigation
  • Project and public finance
  • Environmental regulations and compliance
  • Construction contracting and litigation
  • Green building certification

Real Estate

Akerman LLP

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Location

71 South Wacker Drive

46th Floor

Chicago

Illinois

USA

IL 60606

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Illinois

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use


Jack George
Band 3