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.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1983||11/12/2015|
|Partner||FOLEY & LARDNER LLP||2006 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Greater North Michigan Avenue Association||Co-Chair, Planning & Advocacy Committee||2010 - 2010|
|American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law||Past Chair||2009 - 2010|
|American Bar Association Land Use Committee||Past Chair||N/A|
|Greater North Michigan Avenue Association||Secretary||N/A|
|International Council of Shopping Centers||Member, State Committee||N/A|
|Saint Joseph Hospital Development Council||Chair||N/A|
|Real Property, the newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association||Beware the Public Way||2009|
|Wisconsin Law Journal||Rainmakers Share Some Business Development Tools||2009|
|American Bar Association Journal||Hot 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 Journal||Accessibility Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Laws: A Guide to Enforcement and Compliance (Co-Editor)||2000|
|Loyola University Chicago School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|The New England Alliance of the ACHCA Winter Regional Conference & Annual Meeting||Overcoming Challenges in the Zoning Process||2010|
|Quarterly Breakfast Seminar||The Bottom Line on Going Green: Evaluating Sustainable Projects||2010|
|Quarterly Breakfast Seminar||Zoning from a Municipal Perspective||2010|
|Quarterly Breakfast Seminar||Form-Based Codes||2010|
|October 2010 Seminar||Legal Issues Related to Zoning and Entitlements||2010|
|November 2010 Seminar||Legal Issues Related to Zoning and Entitlements||2010|
|ICSC Deal Making Conference||Successful Zoning Approvals: Creating Consensus||2010|
|Hospitals: Meeting Economic Challenges through Real Estate||Increasing the Likelihood of Success on Obtaining Zoning Approvals||2010|
|ABA Section Officers Conference||What I Wish I Knew When I Was Chair-Elect…||2010|
|Shelter from the Storm||Land use and zoning law in Chicago, Illinois||2009|
|Seminar||Role of the Attorney in the Land Use Process||2009|
|Quarterly Breakfast Seminar||Secrets to Obtaining Zoning Approvals||2009|
|Legal Update: New Issues for Community Design||Legal Pitfalls in the Planning Process||2009|
|2009 Illinois Alliance Program and Midwest Idea Exchange Program||Planning and Zoning for Successful Downtowns||2009|