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Donna J. Pugh is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP where she focuses her practice on obtaining governmental approvals related to land use and zoning on behalf of her retail, health care and corporate clients. With her approach of bridging the gap between client, civic and municipal needs, Ms. Pugh has an exceptionally high success rate of securing necessary entitlements for land development projects in the Chicago area.

A consensus builder, Ms. Pugh works to unite property owners, elected officials and community groups to achieve approvals that maximize flexibility of future land use and benefit all involved stakeholders. A member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and Senior Living Industry Team, she was selected for inclusion in the 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists for her zoning and land use work. She was also selected for inclusion in the 2010 Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel list. She has been selected as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law from 2003-2010, and was named as one of the Top Business Lawyers in Illinois in 2010 Leading Lawyers Magazine – Business
Edition. Ms. Pugh is recognized in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers of America for her work in land use and zoning law. *


Ms. Pugh has experience in securing rezoning, variations, text amendments and other land use approvals.


Ms. Pugh is proud to recognize that the firm Foley & Lardner LLP has taken top honors in client service among law firms serving the Fortune 1000 and has been ranked number one on the 2010 BTI Client Service 30 list.


* The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 100%

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321 N Clark St #2800
Chicago, IL, 60654-5313


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFOLEY & LARDNER LLP2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater North Michigan Avenue AssociationCo-Chair, Planning & Advocacy Committee2010 - 2010
American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government LawPast Chair2009 - 2010
American Bar Association Land Use CommitteePast ChairN/A
Greater North Michigan Avenue AssociationSecretaryN/A
International Council of Shopping CentersMember, State CommitteeN/A
Saint Joseph Hospital Development CouncilChairN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Real Property, the newsletter of the Illinois State Bar AssociationBeware the Public Way2009
Wisconsin Law JournalRainmakers Share Some Business Development Tools2009
American Bar Association JournalHot Topics in Land Use Law: From the Comprehensive Plan to Del Monte Dunes, Section of State and Local Government Law: An Analysis of Facility Siting Issues Under Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Co-Author)2000
Real Property, Probate and Trust JournalAccessibility Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Laws: A Guide to Enforcement and Compliance (Co-Editor)2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The New England Alliance of the ACHCA Winter Regional Conference & Annual MeetingOvercoming Challenges in the Zoning Process2010
Quarterly Breakfast SeminarThe Bottom Line on Going Green: Evaluating Sustainable Projects2010
Quarterly Breakfast SeminarZoning from a Municipal Perspective2010
Quarterly Breakfast SeminarForm-Based Codes2010
October 2010 SeminarLegal Issues Related to Zoning and Entitlements2010
November 2010 SeminarLegal Issues Related to Zoning and Entitlements2010
ICSC Deal Making ConferenceSuccessful Zoning Approvals: Creating Consensus2010
Hospitals: Meeting Economic Challenges through Real EstateIncreasing the Likelihood of Success on Obtaining Zoning Approvals2010
ABA Section Officers ConferenceWhat I Wish I Knew When I Was Chair-Elect…2010
Shelter from the StormLand use and zoning law in Chicago, Illinois2009
SeminarRole of the Attorney in the Land Use Process2009
Quarterly Breakfast SeminarSecrets to Obtaining Zoning Approvals2009
Legal Update: New Issues for Community DesignLegal Pitfalls in the Planning Process2009
2009 Illinois Alliance Program and Midwest Idea Exchange ProgramPlanning and Zoning for Successful Downtowns2009