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Daniel M. Lauber

Land use and zoning Attorney at River Forest, IL

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Dan Lauber, Daniel Lauber

  • Licensed for 38 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1985
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Land use and zoning
    Representing small and large developers before zoning and planning boards, serving local governments in court, and drafting amendments to zoning ordinances. Extensive successful experience handling some of the more difficult zoning proposals that often generate neighborhood opposition, such as a bank drive-in facility in a residential neighborhood and multifamily housing in suburbs that tend to exclude it. Details at, including a PDF file of my far too-detailed resume.

    39 years, 100 cases

  2. Civil rights
    Regarded as one of the nation's experts on zoning for group homes, halfway houses, and recovery communities for people with disabilities. Representing operators before zoning and planning boards, we prevent neighborhood opposition, and also draft zoning code amendments to bring local zoning for community residences into compliance with the nation's Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. Serve as an expert witness in court cases and as counsel. More details available at

    39 years, 100 cases

  3. General practice
    Draft articles of incorporation and bylaws for nonprofits; counsel to nonprofits. Draft simple wills and trusts. Most of practice, however, is devoted to zoning and land-use law, housing, and fair housing.

    39 years, 6 cases


Law Office of Daniel Lauber
7215 Oak Ave.
River Forest, IL, 60305-1935


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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2008
Daniel Lauber - A Great Lawyer
Daniel Lauber assisted two of my company's with zoning issues pertaining to 3 different CBRF's or group homes for the elderly / disabled. He attended council meetings, talked with city attorneys, met with city planners as well as the mayors. He also, assisted us with meetings with the neighbors. He is respected by the city attorneys and they listen to him closely. His credentials seem to put fear into city planners / attorneys, and he does get results. I would recommend him for any legal needs for I know he always does his research and is always well prepared for meetings / court. He will never let you down.
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Posted by Ron | August 25, 2008
Lawyer helped me a lot
Dan helped me with legal advice regarding my recovery homes. Worked with city of elgin and in court re. code violations.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2008
Evan C. Crist, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist and Founder of Time to Change Community Corrections Program
If you've ever tried to zone a halfway house (for any special population), you know that an act of Congress won't get it done. It takes an act of God. Mr. Lauber was invaluable to my zoning efforts to obtain a special use permit to operate a community corrections facility for convicted felons in Colorado. Since he remained in Chicago and all the communication was done via phone and email, the details of communication became even more important. I had a failed attempt (at another location) approximately 2 years earlier and was nervous that all my work on this project would end the same way. I contacted Mr. Lauber after reading about his expertise with halfway houses. He partnered with me in the exact manner that I needed. Based on feedback I received from my previous attempt, I knew that I had to actually do the zoning hearing presentation, not an attorney (I really think this varies based on local politics). Mr. Lauber worked with me to gather all the necessary research, conduct a neighborhood informational meeting, and plan and develop my presentation to the zoning board. Perhaps most importantly, he was an excellent cheerleader. When the going got tough, he was upbeat (but realistic) and eager to support my efforts and challenge me to get the next step done rather than get lost in anxiety. His knowledge of zoning law in general and his willingness to get up to speed on my local zoning laws was exceptional. He communicated directly with the planning dept when I ask him to and gave me advice on how to handle it when I wanted to deal with it personally. In other words, he let me drive the train. He was there to offer support and expertise as I needed. Thankfully, I listened to him. The process of informing everyone under the sun prior to the hearing was important. The zoning hearing was ugly but our presentation was impressive and really did not give the zoning board any option other than to vote in the affirmative. The zoning hearing lasted from 5 pm until 10:30 pm. The first person I called after the hearing was my wife. The second person was Daniel Lauber. With the combination of experience, knowledge and trustworthiness, you would be making a mistake to go with someone else.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-400 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office Daniel Lauber
  • 1985 - Present
  • President
  • Planning/Communications
  • 1979 - Present
  • Lecturer
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Loyola University of Chicago
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Researcher
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
  • 1983 - 1983
  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science
  • College of Arts & Sciences, Governors State University
  • 1979 - 1980
  • Columnist - created and wrote Condo Watch
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • 1979 - 1979
  • Senior Planner
  • Village of Oak Park
  • 1977 - 1979
  • Senior Planner / 701 Program Coordinator
  • Illinois Department of Local Government Affairs
  • 1975 - 1977
  • Principal Contributing Consultant
  • ABA Advisory Commission on Housing and Urban Growth
  • 1975 - 1975
  • Research Associate
  • American Society of Planning Officials
  • 1972 - 1975
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  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Masters
  • 1972
  • University of Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, national conference speaker
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • President
  • 2003 - 2005
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • President
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Zoning and Land Use
  • 1989 - 1990
  • American Planning Association
  • President
  • 1985 - 1986
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Practice - Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
  • Illinois Chapter American Planning Association
  • 2009
  • Paul Davidoff Award
  • American Planning Association
  • 1998
  • Best Makeover in Book Design
  • Mid-America Publishers Association
  • 1997
  • Benjamin Franklin Award: "Most Improved Redesign"
  • Publishers Marketing Association
  • 1995
  • Award of Merit for Program or Project of Unusually High Merit
  • Illinois Chapter American Planning Association
  • 1991
  • Award of Merit for Oak Park Comprehensive Plan 1979
  • Illinois Chapter American Planning Association
  • 1983
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  • Planning Magazine
  • Mainstreaming Group Homes
  • 1985
  • "Land Reform, American Style" - book
  • Condominium Conversions: A Reform in Need of Reform
  • 1984
  • Planning Advisory Service Report No. 343 - Co-author
  • Condominium Conversion Regulations: Protecting Tenants
  • 1979
  • Planning Advisory Service Report No. 312
  • The Hearing Examiner in Zoning Administration
  • 1975
  • Planning Advisory Service Report No. 292
  • Recent Cases in Exclusionary Zoning
  • 1975
  • Planning Advisory Service Report No. 300
  • Zoning for Family & Group Care Facilities
  • 1974
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fair Housing: The Legal Duty to Affirmatively Further
  • The World of Westchester and the Federal False Claims Act: Is That Really Your Analysis of Impediments?
  • 2011
  • Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing and Affirmative Marketing
  • Key Elements and Best Practices: Creating a Competent Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
  • 2011
  • Teleconference
  • Integrating Fair Housing into Municipal Law: Group Homes, AIs, and the Fair Housing Act
  • 2010
  • Annual Community and Economic Development Conference and Training
  • Fair Housing & Economic Opportunity: Updating the AI, Ensuring Compliance & Making Progress Toward Change
  • 2010
  • Keynote Address, Annual Conference of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives
  • Bringing Sense to American Housing Policy
  • 2005
  • Fair Housing 1968–1998: Promises Kept, Promises Broken
  • Zoning for Group Homes
  • 1998
  • Fair Housing Enforcement: A Focus on Special Issues Affecting the Disabled, Families with Children, and the First Amendment
  • Must Zoning Accommodate Group Homes?
  • 1995
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