Peter M. Friedman has an accomplished and broad real estate
practice and is the practice group leader of Holland & Knight's Chicago Real
Estate and Local Government Group.
Mr. Friedman represents private and public sector clients in all phases of
real estate finance, acquisition, development, zoning and land use matters. He
counsels property owners, pension funds, tenants and developers in a variety of
real estate and transactional projects.
Mr. Friedman also represents numerous local and state government agencies,
municipalities and counties on all aspects of real estate, development and
government law. In Illinois, Mr. Friedman serves as general counsel for the City
of Des Plaines and as village attorney for the villages of Lake Bluff and Oak
Brook. He represents the State of Illinois on significant public-private
partnerships involving large infrastructure and public transportation
projects. He also serves as general counsel to the Chicago Association of
Realtors and is special outside counsel to the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency and its Division of Nuclear Safety and the Central Midwest Interstate
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact and Commission.
Mr. Friedman counsels private and public sector clients on zoning and land
use matters, legislative authority, parliamentary procedure, personnel matters,
contracts and other governmental issues. He regularly prepares comprehensive
landmark and historic district rules and regulations, zoning and land use
ordinances, tree protection regulations, sign regulations, bulk restrictions,
personnel policy manuals, franchise agreements, annexation agreements, boundary
agreements, tax incentive and abatement agreements, and business district
redevelopment plans. Mr. Friedman also has special knowledge in environmental
Mr. Friedman has extensive First Amendment litigation experience. He provides
special representation to Lake County, the City of Galesburg and to the firm’s
other municipal clients with respect to the zoning and regulation of adult
entertainment establishments. Mr. Friedman has defended the firm’s nationally
known model on adult use zoning and licensing regulations against challenges in
federal and state courts.
Mr. Friedman has substantial state and federal litigation experience for the
firm’s government and private sector clients. He has defended numerous lawsuits
challenging local zoning and land use controls and has handled several local
government lawsuits involving civil rights, annexation disputes, contract
actions and environmental enforcement. Mr. Friedman has argued cases in Federal
District and Appellate Courts and at all levels of state court, including before
the Illinois Supreme Court.
Mr. Friedman served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon,
judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to
that, Mr. Friedman worked for five years on the staff and as legislative
director for Congressman John Porter (IL-10) in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Friedman is an adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law School,
where he teaches Historic Preservation Law. He is a fellow in the 2012 class of
Leadership Greater Chicago and a recent graduate of the Wexner Heritage