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   3Steven M. ElrodChicago(312) 578-6565steven.elrod@hklaw.comsteven.elrod@hklaw.comHolland & Knight LLPwww.hklaw.comwww.hklaw.comelrodsteven.jpgGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawLand Use, Zoning & Condemnation LawReal Estate Law: CommercialPublic-Private PartnershipsLand Use & ZoningMunicipal Law
Steven M.
Holland & Knight LLP
131 S Dearborn St 30th FL
Chicago IL 60603-5517
Ph.(312) 578-6565 Fx.(312) 578-6666Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law    Public-Private Partnerships
Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law    Land Use & Zoning
Real Estate Law: Commercial     Municipal Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mr. Elrod represents private and public sector clients on land use, zoning and real estate matters. He is the chairman of Holland & Knight's National Land Use and Government Team and is the executive partner of the firm's Chicago office. He also served on Holland & Knight's national board of directors for two consecutive terms.

Mr. Elrod is the corporation counsel for the City of Highland Park and the village attorney for the villages of Northbrook, Lincolnwood and Carpentersville. He is also actively involved in the general representation of the firm's more than two dozen Chicago area local government clients.

He represents owners and developers in a variety of real estate and transactional projects. He handles large tract property acquisition and retail leasing, and is regularly engaged to secure zoning relief entitlements, incentives and approvals from state and local governments. His practice focuses on:
  • public-private partnerships
  • planned developments
  • tax incentive and abatement agreements, including tax increment financing (TIF) and special service area (SSA) financing
  • annexation, subdivision and development agreements
  • affordable housing and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities
Mr. Elrod has extensive experience in the litigation of land use issues, including eminent domain; regulatory taking and inverse condemnation; RLUIPA; and the First Amendment. He successfully argued a religious land use case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

He was elected to the board of managers of the 20,000 member Chicago Bar Association and currently serves on the board of the Chicago Bar Foundation. He is the chairman of the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing law-related and civic education to elementary and high school students. Mr. Elrod is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches State and Local Government Law. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award from Northwestern University.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Date of Birth:  1957

Law School:  Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1982
Undergraduate School:  Tulane University, B.A., 1979
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago Bar Association
  Board of managers
  Local Government Committee
    Former chairman
  Real Property Law Committee
Chicago Bar Foundation
  Board of directors

Awards; Honors; Distinctions
Best Lawyers in America
  Chicago Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, 2014
Leading Lawyers
  Named Top Land Use & Zoning Lawyer in Illinois, 2012
Chambers USA -- America's Leading Business Lawyers
  Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2012, 2013
Best Lawyers in America
  Land Use & Zoning Law; Real Estate Law, 2005-2014
  Government Relations Law, 2005-2010, 2012-2014
The Legal 500 USA
  Real Estate & Construction: Land Use/Zoning, 2012
Network of Leading American Attorneys
  Leading Illinois Attorney in commercial real estate and government
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
National College of District Attorneys
  Lecturer of Merit Award
Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society

Community Involvement:  
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
  Board of directors
Urban Land Institute
  Public/Private Partnership Council
    Vice chairman
Jewish National Fund
  Board of directors
  Tree of Life Award for Civic Service, 2007

Published Legal Writing:  
"Elected Official Immunity in Making Local Zoning Decisions," The Urban Lawyer, June 1, 2010

"Zoning Glossary -- Land Use Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education," 2010

"The Law of Eminent Domain," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2007

"Vested Rights: Debate Fodder," Illinois Real Estate Journal, 2006

"Developer Rights in Illinois -- the 'Vested Right' Doctrine," Holland & Knight Newsletter, October 12, 2005

Legal Lectures:  
"Land Use and Local Government Issues," The Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy's Sixth Annual Symposium, 2013

Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice, John Marshall Law School, 2011

"Community Benefits Agreements," ULI Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo, 2011

"Land Use Hot Topics," American Bar Association, 2010

"Land Use Law: Development and Zoning in the City of Chicago and the Chicago Suburbs," CLE International, September 11, 2008

"Development Agreements, Easements and CCRs Seminar," Project Development and Development Agreements, 2008

National Symposium on Racial Profiling, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, 2005

"RLUIPA and Zoning of Religious Institutions," American Planning Association, Chicago Chapter, 2005

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