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 law.
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 Program.