Steven M. Elrod is a Chicago attorney who represents private and public sector clients on land use, zoning and real estate matters. He is the co-chairman of Holland & Knight's National Land Use and Government Team. He served as the executive partner of the firm's Chicago office and on Holland & Knight's national directors committee for two consecutive terms.
Mr. Elrod currently serves as president of the Chicago Bar Association, the largest metropolitan bar association in the nation. He is also the corporation counsel for the City of Highland Park, Ill., and the village attorney for the Villages of Deerfield, Glencoe, Lincolnwood and Northbrook. Mr. Elrod represents owners and developers in a variety of real estate and transactional projects, and is regularly engaged to secure zoning relief, entitlements, incentives and approvals from state and local governments. His practice focuses on:
Mr. Elrod has extensive experience in the litigation of land use issues, including eminent domain, regulatory taking and inverse condemnation, RLUIPA, the First Amendment and the Second Amendment.
Mr. Elrod is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches Local Government and Land Use Law. He is also the past chairman of the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing law-related and civic education to elementary and high school students. Mr. Elrod served as a co-chair and legal advisor on the Lori Lightfoot Mayoral Transition Team.
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