Mark has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in Illinois in the fields of real estate, zoning and litigation. Much of this recognition arises from Mark’s efforts to completely, effectively and thoroughly represent the interests of clients with land use matters in much of the northern two thirds of Illinois. He has argued in circuit courts extending from Chicago west to the Mississippi River. He has experience in zoning and land use matter with special federal circumstances in federal courts in Rockford, Urbana and Chicago. Mark has argued zoning and land use matters at all levels of the Illinois judicial system. He enjoys working with local staff and elected officials to insure that a development proceeds on good terms with the local governing agencies, but he also understands when and how landowners should take action to protect their interests in land or the development of land. Allow DLO, P.C. to apply these skills for your benefit.
In limited instances, DLO, P.C. will represent objectors to proposed development. Objectors can include residential owners or operators of industrial land and all persons with land uses along that spectrum. His advocacy in this area for more than a decade during which Illinois has experienced a sea of change has allowed an understanding of the planning process and benefits accruing to this process when land development accounts for owners in the area from the outset. Mark will occasionally assist in efforts to mediate land use disputes and he serves as co-counsel when needed to spot problems in advance and avoid disputes.
Mark represents clients pursuing entitlements seven days a week and, sometimes, 24 hours a day. His work is dedicated to a proper outcome. His efforts to stay abreast of market developments and legal issues not only include traditional continuing legal education and substantial reading and networking, but they also extend to participation with local community leaders in public or private forums, participation in the International Council of Shopping Centers and dozens of presentations at seminars designed for legal and non-legal professionals in the land development field.
Mark’s experience extends to all areas of the land use and development field. Though he is very familiar with financing and special bonds, incentives or sharing agreements, Mark will often recommend a qualified second attorney who focuses in the field of land development financing inasmuch as difficulties can develop when the land use and zoning attorney is called upon for negotiation of financial incentives and support in obtaining letters of opinion. This encouragement most often arises on very large projects, but each client needs to consider utilizing a second attorney if significant issues arise on smaller developments.